Baseball: Glenbrook South's Pauly cools off Maine South

  • Maine South's Alexander Gonzalo sticks out his tongue as he scores in a cloud of dust against Glenbrook South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday.

    Maine South's Alexander Gonzalo sticks out his tongue as he scores in a cloud of dust against Glenbrook South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's George Korompilas smiles as he crosses home plate with an 2-run homer in the fourth inning against Maine South on Tuesday.

    Glenbrook South's George Korompilas smiles as he crosses home plate with an 2-run homer in the fourth inning against Maine South on Tuesday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's James Hackett takes off his helmet as he crosses the plate after a home run in the first inning against Maine South.

    Glenbrook South's James Hackett takes off his helmet as he crosses the plate after a home run in the first inning against Maine South. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's John Henry Russell bites his mask as he runs up the first base line on a hit against Maine South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's John Henry Russell bites his mask as he runs up the first base line on a hit against Maine South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Maine South's Andrew Randazzo bunts for a base hit to load the bases in the third inning against Glenbrook South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

    Maine South's Andrew Randazzo bunts for a base hit to load the bases in the third inning against Glenbrook South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Maine South catcher Cooper Kotowski catches a pop up by Hunter Weisensel for an out against Glenbrook South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

    Maine South catcher Cooper Kotowski catches a pop up by Hunter Weisensel for an out against Glenbrook South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Maine South right fielder Andrew Randazzo can't reach a dropping base hit by Glenbrook South's Matt Rosenberger  in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

    Maine South right fielder Andrew Randazzo can't reach a dropping base hit by Glenbrook South's Matt Rosenberger in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Cole Luckey watches his RBI triple in the fourth inning against Maine South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Cole Luckey watches his RBI triple in the fourth inning against Maine South in a baseball game in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Dust shakes off the glove of Maine South catcher Cooper Kotowski in a baseball game against Glenbrook South in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

    Dust shakes off the glove of Maine South catcher Cooper Kotowski in a baseball game against Glenbrook South in Park Ridge Tuesday, April 27, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By DIck Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/28/2021 12:32 PM

Both arrived at the same time, but Glenbrook South's Kevin Pauly was even more effective.

The only thing that cooled off Maine South more than the North wind that arrived in the fifth inning was Pauly's pitching. The junior retired all seven batters he faced as the Titans held off Maine South 7-6 Tuesday in Park Ridge.

 

It was a winds of change for Glenbrook South (7-3, 2-0).

Pauly relived starter Matt Rosenberger in the bottom of the fifth, with the Titans leading 7-6 and runners on second and third. At nearly the same time Pauly took the mound, the balmy temperatures dropped nearly 25 degrees as the winds switched to the North.

Pauly got a grounder to short to end the threat. He went on to strike out three of the final six batters he faced including the last two to get the save.

"It's just having an ego," Pauly said. "Who is better than you? When I am on the mound, I feel I am always better than the person there. And just throw it right by them. I just smoked through the hitters."

Glenbrook South coach Steve Stanicek said he felt the cold from the wind and from Pauly.

"They did arrive at the same time," Stanicek said. "Kevin Pauly controlled the strike zone. He just pounded the strike zone. And we played good defense behind him."

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Glenbrook South built a 2-0 lead thanks to a towering homer by James Hackett in the first and and a ground ball RBI by George Korompiles in the third.

Maine South (5-6, 1-1) scored four times in its half of the third.

The Hawks loaded the bases on consecutive hits by Alexander Gonzalo, Timmy O'Brien and a sweet bunt by Andrew Randazzo. They all scored on wild pitches. Luke Karcik, who walked, then scored on Sammy Marin's double to make it 4-2.

Glenbrook South came back with a 5-spot in the fourth. John Henry Russell singled and was followed by Sava Dupor's double. Russell scored on Rosenberger's single and Dupor tied the game on Hackett's sacrifice fly.

With two outs, Cole Luckey reached on a three-base error on a misplayed fly to right, scoring Rosenberger. Korompilas then drilled a 395-foot homer to center to put the Titans up 7-4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It felt good," said Korompilas, who has two homers this season. "I have been working on pitch to pitch adjustment and I was able to get on top of it and drive it."

Maine South chipped away at the lead scoring runs in each of the next two innings. Karcek had a sacrifice fly to score Randazzo and William Meyer singled home pinch runner Nikitas Vaselopulos to close the gap to 7-6.

But the iceman cometh in Pauly to give the Titans the win.

"Their pitcher did a good job," Maine South coach Brian Lorenz said. "The last couple of innings there, putting up a couple of zeros. We just couldn't catch the ball. We made a few key errors that cost us."

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