Oakton’s run ends in Madison

For a brief moment it appeared Oakton College would get its chance to play two Sunday in the NJCAA Division II Region IV baseball tournament finals in Madison, Wis.

But a 2-run lead in the fifth inning was quickly erased and it was eliminated in a 7-4 loss to host Madison (43-11). Oakton (43-19) needed to win twice Sunday to advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla.

Sophomore Paul Poirer, an Antioch resident who played at Carmel, went 623 innings for the victory. Poirer allowed 9 hits and 3 earned runs but just 1 walk to go with 2 strikeouts.

Dan Lauria (Rolling Meadows) went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and Connor Skoczynski (Maine West) went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Oakton, which set the single-season school record for victories. The Raiders took a 3-1 lead with a 2-run fifth but Madison came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and added 3 insurance runs in the seventh.

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