Baseball: Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past BremenHomewood-Flossmoor's Michael Hurley (10) bats against Bremen, at Wednesday's game between Bremen and Homewood-Flossmoor. | Paul James Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Joe Sherlock had some success as a pinch hitter last season.
That’s why Homewood-Flossmoor coach Todd Sippel called on Sherlock on Wednesday in the sixth inning with a chance to drive in the lead run against Bremen.
Sherlock didn’t disappoint.
Down 1-and-2 in the count, Sherlock tripled over center fielder Sean Grant’s head, scoring pinch-runner Brandon Story to give H-F a 5-4 lead. The Vikings tacked on two more runs that inning before holding on for a 7-5 win in Flossmoor.
“I was just looking for the right pitch to hit,” Sherlock said of his strategy. “I was expecting a curveball and he hung it. I jumped on it. It’s good to step up and get it done for the team.”
H-F (2-0) rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 to pull out the win.
Aaron Johnson gave the Vikings four quality innings on the mound in getting a no-decision. The right-hander allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and struck out one. Lefty Matt Groboski earned the win in relief, firing two scoreless innings and striking out three.
“Johnson and especially Groboski did a nice job today,” Sippel said. “We made some nice adjustments hitting, too.”
Elon Chamberlain (1-for-3) drove in three runs, while Ryan Redmond (1-for-2) and Nick Brandt (3-for-4) knocked in a run each for H-F.
Two two-out errors in the sixth cost the Braves (6-4) and opened up the floodgates for the Vikings to score three runs.
Eric West (1-for-4) drove in two runs to lead Bremen. Brandon Ochoa (1-for-3), Tyler Banovich (0-for-2, 2 walks) and Vince Jannotta drove in one run apiece. Niko Garofalo was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day.
Noel Sanders went the distance on the mound for Bremen, scattering 10 hits, walking one and striking out four. Three of the sevens runs he allowed were unearned.