Baseball: No-hit run ends, but win streak continues for Crete-Monee’s Zack SilerzioCrete-Monee's pitcher Zack Silerzio throws a strike against Bloom Tuesday. |Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2012 8:54PM
Crete-Monee pitcher Zack Silerzio entered Tuesday’s game against Bloom with a stunning 13 consecutive hitless innings after posting back-to-back no-hitters against Kankakee and Rich East.
It didn’t take long for Bloom to close the streak. Johnny Banuelos (3-for-4) singled in the first inning to end the spell.
Still, Silerzio (4-3) had enough to persevere as he and the Warriors produced a 7-3 Southland win. The right-hander threw 101 pitches through five innings, striking out seven and giving up two earned runs while allowing five hits.
“The no-hitters are nice, but it wasn’t that big of a deal (to have the streak end),” Silerzio said. “My fastball wasn’t there for me today, but that happens.”
Crete-Monee (13-9, 6-1) took a 3-0 lead in the second highlighted by an RBI triple by Mike Wojotanowksi.
Bloom got one run in the fourth and two more in the fifth on a two-run double by Banuelos to tie the game at 3.
The Warriors answered with two runs in both the bottom of the fifth and the sixth. John McLaughlin (3-for-4) was a catalyst in both innings, scoring a run after singling in the fifth and knocking in a run with a double in the sixth.
“Zack struggled a little bit with his control,” Crete-Monee coach Gene Cahan said. “He didn’t develop another pitch other than his fastball, and (Bloom) did a good job of battling against him. That’s why he came out.”
Wojotanowksi entered in relief for the final two innings and showed a deadly breaking ball. He struck out four to gain his fourth save of the season.
Bloom (10-10, 2-5) had its chances to keep Crete-Monee off the scoreboard late in the game, but committed three errors behind pitcher Brian Hankey (six innings, eight hits) that led to four unearned runs.