Cyclones tennis team rolls again
Early in the 2014 season, Moraine Valley College’s men’s tennis team appears to be in midseason form.
Any adjustments the Cyclones had to make under new coach Ben Thompson have evidently been made, seeing as how they have now recorded two straight whitewashes. The latest overmatched Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe was Elgin College, which was on the business end of a 9-0 thrashing last Tuesday.
Five of Moraine’s six singles winners were also part of a triumphant doubles team. The lone exception was Shepard grad Bryan Jimenez, who paired with Christian Lagunas to provide the Cyclones with one of their doubles victories.
Kevin Karczynski, Brad Smith, Tim Stewart and Mike Broderick joined Lagunas in being successful in both singles and doubles play. Broderick was the only member of that quintet who got extended into a third singles set. Ryan Adamski was Moraine’s other singles winner.
The Cyclones went just 1-3 in the South Suburban College Tournament March 29 and 30, but that didn’t mean they succumbed quietly.
In its opener, for example, Moraine pushed Highland College into extra innings before getting saddled with a tough 5-4 defeat. Ari Bulthuis was the losing pitcher.
Jazmine Ramirez, Amie Raynor, Samantha Newhall and Jenny Vanek all had a hit for the Cyclones, and between them Vanek and Ramirez tallied three of Moraine’s four runs.
Another nail-biting showdown awaited the Cyclones in their next outing, and again they suffered a gut-wrenching setback as Rock Valley College inched past the locals 3-2. The victors plated the deciding marker in their final at-bat.
Vanek (one run) and Janay McGovern both had two hits to pace Moraine. One of McGovern’s safeties was a double. Emily Nettle took the loss in the circle.
Waubonsee College doled out a third one-run defeat to the Cyclones, but Moraine threw a scare into its foe, which was ahead 6-2 in the seventh. Vanek (two-run) and Megan Beckow blasted back-to-back homers for the Cyclones to make things interesting before Waubonsee hung on for a 6-5 triumph.
Bulthuis, Sofia Lamb and Dana Cummings all delivered 2-for-4 performances on Moraine’s behalf.
The Cyclones’ sticks finally came to life versus Sandburg College, which was dealt a 12-1 shellacking by Moraine. Bulthuis was the heroine as she went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBI to support her own pitching effort.
Also helping Bulthuis notch a victory were Beckow (3-for-3 with a homer and three runs) and Raynor (2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs).
Kankakee College claimed a pair of high-scoring wins over the Cyclones on March 31, doing so by 15-7 and 10-2 counts.
The Cavaliers went ahead 7-1 in the opener, but watched Moraine briefly pull into a tie in the third inning before administering a knockout punch to the Cyclones. Ramirez homered and had three RBI for Moraine, and losing pitcher Raynor also went deep.
Lamb supplied the Cyclones with a double, two RBI and one run.
Moraine didn’t really threaten in Game 2 as Vanek and Carly Trinley accounted for its only runs.
After narrowly escaping the Cyclones in the SSC Tournament, Waubonsee took no chances last Tuesday as it downed Moraine 8-0 in the opener of an ISCC twinbill. The Cyclones put up greater resistance in Game 2, but still got tagged with an 11-6 setback.
Vanek had a big day for Moraine as she went a combined 5-for-8 over the two contests with a double and RBI. McGovern, Beckow and Trinley also hit safely in Game 1, while Bulthuis (2-for-4, RBI, run) and Lamb (2-for-4, one run) were the nightcap notables.
Bulthuis absorbed the pitching loss.
The Cyclones came up short in both ends of an ISCC doubleheader versus Waubonsee last Tuesday, as the latter pocketed 5-4 and 9-4 triumphs. Moraine was victimized by some rocky pitching and one late-inning meltdown.
Kyle Belluomini’s two-run double highlighted the Cyclones’ Game 1 effort. Moraine was ahead 4-1 in the second game, but was undone in the last inning by six walks to Waubonsee and two hit batsmen.
In other action, the Cyclones dropped two verdicts to Oakton College on Saturday, 5-2 and 6-0.