Charger end tough week with sweep of Spartans

  • Written by Jason Maholy

Stagg concluded a busy, challenging week with a doubleheader sweep of Oak Lawn on May 12.

In a 12-2, six-inning win over the Spartans in Game 1 of that twin-bill, the Chargers pounded out 14 hits and drew seven walks while scoring in all but one frame. Mike Abraham led the way offensively with three hits, an RBI and four runs, and reached base in all flour of his plate appearances. Senior first baseman Jordan Thompson contributed a double, four RBI and a run scored, and Mike Tobin had two hits and two RBI and reached base three times.

The Chargers swiped eight bases in the contest, with Abraham and Joe Lovell each stealing a pair.

Stagg pitchers Luke Goral and Thompson combined to allow five hits and one walk.

The nightcap didn't go any better for the Spartans, as the Chargers tallied 10 runs in the first inning and after three frames led by the eventual final score of 19-0. Oak Lawn pitchers issues eight free passes, and the Spartans committed three errors that led to six unearned runs.

Nine Chargers had at least one hit, with Ryan Sullivan clubbing three doubles, driving in five runs and scoring twice. Luke Pitcher had a double, two RBI and a run, and John Cleveland had one hit, an RBI, three runs scored and reached base three times. Nick Harper, Leo Angelos, Danny Green, Jimmy Mannette, Connor Rachowicz and Eli Rynkiewicz each drove in a run.

Stagg had until the doubleheader endured a trying week, losing five straight games including three over three days to Lincoln-Way East. The Griffins topped the Chargers 6-3 on May 7, then swept a mid-week doubleheader, 15-0 and 4-3, on May 9.

In the May 7 contest, East scored five runs in the top of the seventh to break open what had been a 1-1 game. Abraham and Thompson each had two hits and an RBI, and Goral had two hits and scored a run.

On May 9, Joe Potempa and Derek Pietrowski each had two hits in the one-run Game 2 loss.

Stagg also fell to Bradley-Bourbonnais, 8-6, on May 10 and Providence, 5-3, on May 11. In the loss to the Boilermakers, the Chargers outhit the hosts, 9-7, but Bradley's four runs over the final two innings were the difference.

Luke Vrbancic had three this, including two doubles, to go with three RBI and two runs, and he reached base in all four plate appearances. Goral added a hit and three RBI, and Lovell hit two doubles.

The Astros went 1-3 last week, splitting a home-and-home series with Evergreen Park and dropping games to Plainfield Central and Tinley Park.

The conference rival Mustangs topped Shepard, 3-2, on May 8, but the Astros bounced back the following day with an 8-5 victory. Trevor Lorek had a double and scored two runs, while also walking three times and stealing three bases.

Shepard dropped a 4-2 contest to Tinley Park May 10 in a South Suburban Conference crossover, and fell 14-1 to Plainfield Central on May 11.Junior catcher Zach Walthers had a hit and RBI.