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Grayslake Central comeback stuns Hampshire

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  • Hampshire's RJ Consigny slides into home plate safely, colliding with Grayslake Central catcher Sam Nozicka after the ball got past his mitt, hitting his leg and popping up in the second inning at Hampshire Friday.

       Hampshire's RJ Consigny slides into home plate safely, colliding with Grayslake Central catcher Sam Nozicka after the ball got past his mitt, hitting his leg and popping up in the second inning at Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Freddie Landers tags out Hampshire's Alex Bahnick after chasing him between bases in the third inning at Hampshire Friday.

       Grayslake Central's Freddie Landers tags out Hampshire's Alex Bahnick after chasing him between bases in the third inning at Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn tags out Grayslake Central's Mike Stone as he tries to sprint back to first base in the third inning at Hampshire on Friday.

       Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn tags out Grayslake Central's Mike Stone as he tries to sprint back to first base in the third inning at Hampshire on Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's RJ Consigny beats the ball and ends up safe back on first base as Grayslake Central's Kyle Clark takes the throw in the second inning at Hampshire on Friday.

       Hampshire's RJ Consigny beats the ball and ends up safe back on first base as Grayslake Central's Kyle Clark takes the throw in the second inning at Hampshire on Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn slides into home plate before colliding with Grayslake Central catcher Sam Nozicka in the second inning at Hampshire High School on Friday.

       Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn slides into home plate before colliding with Grayslake Central catcher Sam Nozicka in the second inning at Hampshire High School on Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Jay Hoffmann (33) and Freddie Landers (20) team up to tag out Hampshire's RJ Consigny at second base in the first inning at Hampshire Friday.

       Grayslake Central's Jay Hoffmann (33) and Freddie Landers (20) team up to tag out Hampshire's RJ Consigny at second base in the first inning at Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Jay Hoffmann watches as the ball flies over the mitt of Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn, and takes off for second base in the first inning at Hampshire Friday.

       Grayslake Central's Jay Hoffmann watches as the ball flies over the mitt of Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn, and takes off for second base in the first inning at Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Freddie Landers tumbles to the ground after tagging out Hampshire's Alex Bahnick after chasing him between first and second base at Hampshire Friday.

       Grayslake Central's Freddie Landers tumbles to the ground after tagging out Hampshire's Alex Bahnick after chasing him between first and second base at Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Russel Lundius pitches as Hampshire's Michael Merchut sprints for second base in the first inning at Hampshire Friday.

       Grayslake Central's Russel Lundius pitches as Hampshire's Michael Merchut sprints for second base in the first inning at Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Freddie Landers slides safely into third base in the third inning vs. Hampshire Friday.

       Grayslake Central's Freddie Landers slides safely into third base in the third inning vs. Hampshire Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's RJ Consigny slides safely into third base in the second inning vs. Grayslake Central Friday.

       Hampshire's RJ Consigny slides safely into third base in the second inning vs. Grayslake Central Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Alex Crinigan pitches to Grayslake Central Friday.

       Hampshire's Alex Crinigan pitches to Grayslake Central Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dirt pours off Grayslake Central's Devin Moran as he grimaces after being tagged out on a slide into second base by Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn Friday.

       Dirt pours off Grayslake Central's Devin Moran as he grimaces after being tagged out on a slide into second base by Hampshire's Dillon Kuhn Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
By Allen Oshinski
Daily Herald Correspondent

Down to its last strike, Grayslake Central pulled out a win on the road Friday.

Mike Stone tripled with 2 outs in the seventh inning to lead the Rams past Hampshire, 6-5, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division baseball action in Hampshire.

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Stone's hit made a winner out of Russ Lundius, who settled down after giving up 4 runs in the second inning. Justin Guryn got the final 3 outs for the save.

Kyle Clark had 3 hits and an RBI for Grayslake Central (15-8, 9-5).

"It's tough to win on the road in this conference," said Rams' coach Troy Whalen. "Both teams had chances, and neither of us executed at times like we would have liked to. I don't think this game will go into the video of how to play the game."

Whalen lauded Stone's big hit, but also gave some credit to an unlikely source: Matt Loeffl, who struck out just before Stone came up.

"Give him credit for having about a 14-pitch at-bat," said Whalen. "That takes a lot out of a pitcher, it really does."

Hampshire led 5-4 after three innings. The Whip-Purs scored 5 runs with just 1 RBI, a single by RJ Consigny in the second. Dillon Kuhn and Brandon Bowen stole home on double steals, and the Whips scored on a wild pitch and an errant pickoff throw by Lundius.

The big second inning gave Hampshire a 4-1 lead, but the Rams came back to tie it in the third. Freddie Landers, Clark, and Loeffl drove in the runs.

Hampshire regained the lead on Bowen's steal of home in the third. Lundius and Hampshire starter Alex Crinigan both settled down and the score stayed the same until the seventh.

Hampshire (9-13) had some chances to pad the lead, including a first-and-third, no out situation in the fourth. A popped up bunt led to a double play, and Lundius then retired the next 7 in a row.

"We earned those runs that we got but, unfortunately, when it mattered, we couldn't get them in," said Hampshire coach John Sarna.

Consigny finished with 3 hits and a walk for Hampshire.

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