John Saucedo, Russ Kesman, and Steve Wilhelm have been forced to shoulder the load in the early season for the Riverside Brookfield baseball team.
The three seniors have yet to receive much help from the 15 juniors on the team, which was apparent in a 13-12 loss to Argo on Saturday, a 5-1 loss to Evergreen Park on Thursday, and a 3-2 loss to Fenwick on April 5.
RB head coach Dan Monahan said he’s a bit frustrated with the lack of support from his younger players.
“It’s no secret a baseball team needs more than three guys in order to be successful,” said Monahan. “Lately, the younger group has yet to respond. I do look at the positive, though. I mean we managed to generate 12 runs against Argo, so hopefully that kind of run production will carry over into this week and beyond.”
The Bulldogs (2-9) scored eight runs in the top of the seventh against Argo, spurred by Saucedo’s two-run homer. RB rattled off seven hits in a row to take a brief lead. Kesman went 4-for-4 in the contest with a homer and three doubles. He had five RBIs on the day.
The senior trio tried to overcome a three-run deficit against 10th-ranked Fenwick. Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, Kesman and Saucedo both singled before Wilhelm drove them in with a double. But the Bulldogs were unable to muster up another run and ended up leaving Wilhelm stranded on base.
“I’m hoping now that the weather is warming up, we’ll see more of the younger guys get into a rhythm,” said Monahan.
RB hosts Westmont in a Suburban Prairie (East) Conference game on Thursday (4:30 p.m.).
Lions still perfect after 4
The Lyons Township soccer team pushed its perfect record to 4-0 on the season with two victories at the Lemont Cup over the weekend.
Led by Katie Rehor, the eighth-ranked Lions downed Evanston 3-1 on Saturday. Rehor had all three goals for LT, while Mary Daly recorded five saves in the shutout.
The Lions opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-1 win over Providence. Rehor scored LT’s first goal, assisted by Courtney Curby, who scored in the second half.
Ashley Urben closed out the scoring for the Lions.