North sweeps South in battle of Plainfield

Story Image Plainfield South's #5 Edward Nelson is out at 2nd base and breaks up the double play as Plainfield North's short stop #14 Kurt Palandech can not turn the double play in todays game 1 of a double header held at North and North won 14-5 on Saturday, April 23, 2011. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media

Updated: April 25, 2011 1:58PM



Brian Cashman had seven RBI and Brian Evak six, and each earned a victory as No. 3 Plainfield North swept a Southwest Prairie doubleheader Saturday from rival Plainfield South 14-5 and 12-9.

‘‘It was a great day to hit, and I knew we had to outslug them,’’ Cashman said. ‘‘This was definitely my best day of the season. These were intense games.’’

Cashman, who went 7-for-9 on the day, drove in three runs in Game 1, then was the hero of
Game 2 with three runs scored and four RBI. He improved to 4-0 by
allowing four earned runs in six
innings in Game 2.

The host Tigers (15-0, 9-0) trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the third in Game 2 before scoring nine runs in the next two innings.

Cashman had an RBI double in a three-run third. In the fourth, Caleb Kissel and Evak had RBI singles and Cashman a two-run double as Plainfield North scored six runs to grab an 11-4 lead.

The Cougars (9-7, 4-5) fought back behind solo home runs from Richard Salazar and Victor Garcia, and Darrell Collins’ three-run homer in the seventh pulled them to 12-9. They couldn’t get any closer, though.

In Game 1, Evak launched a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second to help the Tigers open a 6-1 lead.

Evak (5-0) picked up the victory despite allowing five earned runs in five innings.

Westminster Christian 3,
St. Francis 0

Juniors Ryan Perez and Kevin Elder combined to throw their
second no-hitter of the season as the visiting Warriors topped the Spartans in nonconference play.

‘‘Ryan and Kevin are just special players,’’ Westminster coach Jeff Moeller said. ‘‘Their poise and
determination and confidence on the mound are pretty impressive.’’

The ambidextrous Perez started and pitched the first three innings right-handed before throwing left-handed in the fourth and fifth. He walked four and struck out nine.

Elder (3-0) pitched the final two innings, striking out six and walking one. He earned the victory after the Warriors (10-5) scored three times in the seventh.

Elder started the rally with a leadoff double before coming home on a throwing error. Ray Adame added an RBI groundout in the
inning.

St. Laurence 8, Providence 5

Charlie Naso struck out eight, walked four and scattered six hits in a complete-game effort, and
Bryan Villanova (2-for-4, six RBI) hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning as the No. 10 Vikings (17-3, 7-0 Catholic Blue) upset the No. 1 Celtics (14-1, 4-1).

‘‘Naso pitched great,’’ St. Laurence coach Pete Lotus said. ‘‘[Providence] scored three runs in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead, but Naso stopping the bleeding was big.’’

Contributing: Erik Jacobsen

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