Baseball: Hersey's 'family' handles Geneva

  • Hersey's Aidan Groverski reacts after turning a double play to end the third inning against Geneva during Tuesday's game in Arlington Heights.

      Hersey's Aidan Groverski reacts after turning a double play to end the third inning against Geneva during Tuesday's game in Arlington Heights. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey second baseman Robb Meister waits for the throw as Geneva's Blake Stempowski steals the bag in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Hersey second baseman Robb Meister waits for the throw as Geneva's Blake Stempowski steals the bag in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva first baseman Tommy Maynard forces Hersey's Chuck Meister out at first in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Geneva first baseman Tommy Maynard forces Hersey's Chuck Meister out at first in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Robb Meister dodges a low pitch in the dirt in a baseball game against Geneva in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Hersey's Robb Meister dodges a low pitch in the dirt in a baseball game against Geneva in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva's Jackson Walton forces Hersey's Niko Krecu out a second base but can't turn the double play on Brandon Pflomm in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Geneva's Jackson Walton forces Hersey's Niko Krecu out a second base but can't turn the double play on Brandon Pflomm in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey shortstop Aidan Groverski eyes first base to throw out Geneva's Ryan Huskey in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Hersey shortstop Aidan Groverski eyes first base to throw out Geneva's Ryan Huskey in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Justin Pflomm fouls a pitch against Geneva in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Hersey's Justin Pflomm fouls a pitch against Geneva in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Owen Rudy delivers a pitch against Geneva in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Hersey's Owen Rudy delivers a pitch against Geneva in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva's Daniel Strohm pitches against Hersey in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Geneva's Daniel Strohm pitches against Hersey in a baseball game in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva catcher Owen Anderson blocks a low throw to the plate to hold a runner at third base in a baseball game against Hersey in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

      Geneva catcher Owen Anderson blocks a low throw to the plate to hold a runner at third base in a baseball game against Hersey in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 3/30/2022 5:13 PM

The brotherhood is real at Hersey.

With two sets of twins, another pair of brothers, and a trio of Pflomm brothers, it is no wonder the Huskies are moving in the right direction.

 

Tyler Pflomm ripped off 3 hits, including his second home run of the season, as Hersey walked past Geneva 9-4 Tuesday in a nonconference baseball game in Arlington Heights.

"We truly are a family," said Hersey coach Wally Brownley. "It is good to have the brothers out there. We knew we had to get out here today and play after a tough loss last Saturday."

Hersey has the Pflomm twins, Tyler and Justin, along with younger brother Brandon, the Meister brothers in Chuck and Robb, and the Naegele twins in Tyler and Carson.

Hersey hit just one ball out of the infield in the first three innings. But the Huskies were able to plate 6 runs thanks to 7 Geneva walks and an error.

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"I thought out guys were really disciplined," Brownley said. "I thought they did a good job of making (Geneva's starting pitcher) work a little bit and taking counts deep."

Hersey loaded the bases in the first thanks to a pair of walk and an infield single by Tyler Pflomm. Nico Krecu followed with a walk and Brandon Pflomm would later drive in a run on a fielders choice to make it 2-0.

Tyler Pflomm led off the third with a sharp single to right. Three consecutive walks followed to score him. The Huskies then took advantage of a throwing error that scored Krecu and Justin Pflomm. Chuck Meister would then drive in a run with a fielders choice to make it 6-0.

Geneva (2-1), which beat Romeoville 14-0 on Monday, got its offense going in the fourth.

The Vikings were able to tally four times to cut the deficit to 6-4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Geneva was able to score thanks to a 2-run triple by Carson Sprague, scoring Daniel Alworth and Blake Stempkowski. Sprague would score on a fielders choice by Joey Cosentino while Tommy Maynard had an RBI single.

David Denten entered in that inning. After allowing Maynard's single, he retired the final 10 Vikings he faced, striking out four along the way.

"I was just feeling good today," Denten said. "The pitches were moving well. It felt good."

Hersey was able to add a trio of insurance runs.

Spencer Siegellak drove home a run on a bases-loaded walk and Tyler Pflomm's 2-run homer gave the Huskies the extra runs they needed.

"It was fun out here with the team," Tyler Pflomm said. "It is a good day for the Huskies. We always have fun together."

Geneva coach Brad Wendell said his team just piled up too many walks.

"We talk about throwing strikes all the time, " said Wendell, whose team surrendered 11 bases on balls. "We just didn't make enough adjustments on the mound."

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