Despite having its six-game winning streak snapped and missing a chance to climb over .500 for the year, the RB baseball team couldn't be happier with where its landed going into this week's action.
The Bulldogs will square off against Suburban Prairie (East) rival Ridgewood in a three-game series in which the winner will be crowned conference champion. Both began this week with 7-2 records in conference.
"We figured we'd be chasing them by the time we got to these games," RB coach Dan Monahan said. "It's nice to know if we win the series, there won't be any ties. We'd be the outright champion."
RB was coming off a 2-1 win against Nazareth Academy going into Thursday's game against Evergreen Park.
Against Nazareth, Joe Kirke allowed only one run in a complete-game effort to pitch the Bulldogs to their sixth straight win. Adam Rysz drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to plate the winning run.
But in Monahan's words, RB laid an egg in losing 8-1 against Evergreen Park. Pitcher Mike Marotta was roughed up, and his defense didn't do much to bail him out of any jams.
That's why he was pleased to see his team respond with a 5-4 win against Revis on Saturday. Ken Razionale singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs, including the go-ahead score in the seventh inning, to lead the Bulldogs offense.
LT baseball overcame an early six-run deficit by scoring 10 runs in the fourth inning of an eventual 16-7 win against Willowbrook on Thursday.
Steve Kehr drilled a three-run home run and two batters later, Dan Brewer hit a two-run shot that left the yard. Kehr, who finished with four RBIs, collected the fourth on a sac fly later in the same inning.
Brewer later added a three-run triple to drive in five runs on the afternoon.
James Murray, who struggled in the early going on the mound, made adjustments and didnt give up any runs the last three innings he pitched to hang on for the win.
The Lions followed up their impressive comeback with a doubleheader sweep of Proviso West by bruising scores of 14-0 and 21-2.
LT will face off against West Suburban (Silver) foe OPRF in three games beginning with a doubleheader at home Saturday.
RB eager to overcome loss
RB softball played only one game last week, a sloppy 3-2 loss to Morris in non-conference action. All five runs scored in the contest were unearned.
Sam Maas pitched and gave up only four hits. The Bulldogs (17-5) were able to rack up 10 hits of their own, but couldn't score an earned run, leaving a runner stranded on third base in five different innings.
RB has a critical two-game set with Ridgewood this week. The Bulldogs stand at 4-0, and with the Rebels also unbeaten at 6-0, it will be RB's only chance to control its own Suburban Prairie (East) Conference destiny.