DOWNERS GROVE — Downers Grove North’s strength lies in its infield defense so it’s fitting that the Trojans finished off a sweep of York with a ground ball double play.
North improved to 4-0 on the season and got off to a 3-0 start in the West Suburban Silver thanks to a 5-2 win over York in Downers Grove on Monday. Earlier in the series the Trojans picked up 12-7 and 14-7 wins at York on Saturday.
Senior Lucas Fisher pitched a complete game, scattering nine hits and getting the win against York ace River Pitlock. Fisher had just two strikeouts, but knew what the key was.
“Just getting the ball down low, letting them hit, letting my defense back me up because they did a heck of a job as always,” Fisher said.
York (2-3) scored with a run in the top of the second on a Niall O’Brien RBI single, but the Trojans answered in the bottom half before taking the lead with four runs in the fifth. Connor Kopach and Troy Southard each had RBI singles and James Sheldon had a two-RBI double in the fifth.
York’s first three batters reached in the seventh inning, but back-to-back ground balls capped off by a double play ended the threat with just one run for the Dukes.
“(Fisher) battled and our guys know our strength is the four guys that are out there that can glove the baseball,” said DGN coach Chad Isaacson.
Sweeping the defending conference champions was a perfect start for North and a disastrous start for the Dukes. York is in an early hole in the Silver.
“We needed this one bad in terms of conference and defending that conference championship we had from last year,” said York coach Dave Kalal. “You hate to say that the fifth game of your season is a huge game, but today was a pretty big game and we just came up a little bit short.”Check out photos from Monday's series finale between Downers Grove North and York.