Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/10/2014 8:23 PM

Yfantis brothers guide Harper

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
By Jonathan Cregier
jcregier@dailyherald.com

The urgency of the situation was clear to Harper coach Cliff Brown.

"You got to win, or go home," he said.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

With a 1-1 record in NJCAA Region IV double-elimination regional play after Saturday's games at Harper, Brown would rather not be facing elimination in Sunday's 9 a.m. matchup against Waubonsee Community College.

Then again: "1-1 is better than not playing tomorrow," Brown said.

Harper must win against Waubonsee, which won twice Saturday, in order to force a second game Sunday.

Harper's first game Saturday was a five-inning loss to Waubonsee.

"We didn't do what we wanted to (offensively)," said Harper's Tyler Crussen of the first-game defeat.

But the Hawks bounced back with a 14-5 win in 7 innings over Milwaukee Area Technical College to extend their postseason.

"Everyone (contributed) after the rough start," said Harper's Theo Yfantis, a Wheeling grad, after the victory. "It's easy to hit when there's pressure on the bases."

Yfantis' double helped spark the Hawks to a 6-run sixth inning. He finished the second game 3-for-3 with 5 RBI.

Brown shook up his regular lineup against Milwaukee, sending Crussen, the usual No. 2 hitter, into the No. 9 spot.

The freshman from Wheeler, Ind., produce top-of-the-order results there.

"My job is to get on base anyway I can," Crussen said. "We were making sure we were hitting our pitch."

Pitcher Steven Yfantis collected his first win of the postseason, giving up just 2 runs in his start.

"It's definitely easy to pitch (when you have a lead)," Steve Yfantis said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here