Plainfield North rolls by Romeoville
Updated: May 18, 2011 8:55PM
Everything happens in threes.
That couldn’t have been more true for coach John Darlington and his No. 3 Plainfield North squad as they squared off Wednesday in the second of a three-game set against host Romeoville.
The Tigers wasted no time in spoiling Senior Day for the Spartans as they scored three runs in each of the first, second, fourth and fifth innings in cruising to a 12-1 five-inning victory in the Southwest Prairie Conference.
Tigers pitcher Brian Evak allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six as he improved to 8-0. Evak didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the fifth.
“I felt like my curveball was good today,” Evak said. “I had a lot of zip on my fastball as well.”
The game couldn’t of started of worse for Spartans pitcher Casey Moll. He issued a leadoff walk to Evan Whaley, which as followed by a single by Caleb Kissel. Sean Renzi then connected for three-run home run to left.
“I just saw fastball inner-half and drove it down the left-field line,” Renzi said. “Thank goodness it didn’t hook. Scoring three runs early just got us going and Brian just kept throwing strikes.”
Defensively, Romeoville (10-16, x-x) didn’t help Moll’s cause as multiple errors in each the second and fourth innings led to five unearned runs for Plainfield North (28-1, 21-0) as the lead extended to 9-0.
“They have very good pitching and their guy today had great stuff,” Romeoville third-base coach Dennis House said. “You just can’t afford to give good teams like that extra outs.”
Plainfield North added to its lead in the fifth when Kyle Palendech hit a two-run triple and later scored on Matt Fenza’s RBI groundout to make it 12-0.
“Everyone was hitting the ball throughout the whole lineup,” Evak said. “We have a lot of confidence right now and hopefully, we can take that into the playoffs.”
“I know it is cliche but we really do take it one game at a time,” Darlington said.
Both teams will face off again today at Plainfield North in the last SPC game of the season with the Tigers trying to go a perfect 22-0.
“If we were to go undefeated in conference that would be a huge accomplishment,” Darlington said. “We did it two years ago, and before then was 1993. They put in a lot of hard work in the offseason and now they are reaping the benefits.”