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South baseball bats heat up early

GLEN ELLYN — More than three hours into its trip to Louisville March 24, the Glenbard South baseball team found out the games the Raiders were scheduled to play in Kentucky had been canceled due to the weather.

“We made it to Lafayette (Indiana) and were sitting in traffic due to a jackknifed truck,” said Glenbard South coach Mike Riley. “I looked down at my phone and I had text messages saying to turn around and go back, that they had thunderstorms.

“The players were bummed. We were all bummed.”

Despite that setback, the squad was still able to kickoff the 2013 season with a pair of games last week. Glenbard South dropped a 6-3 decision to Hinsdale Central on March 28 before bouncing back to defeat Yorkville 7-6 Saturday. The Raiders added a 15-3 victory over Lisle on Monday.

In the matchup against the larger, Class 4A Hinsdale Central team, the Raiders actually out-hit their opponent 8-5.

“We were down 5-0 and battled back to make it 5-3,” the coach said, “and we had a couple guys on base in the seventh. We stranded seven or eight runners in the game.”

Saturday’s contest played out the exact opposite way, with Glenbard South jumping out to a 6-0 advantage before holding on for dear life. Nick Yangas took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and recorded the win while Will Cornwell got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh to record the save.

Zach Smith had a two-run homer and a triple while Will Anderson went 3-for-3.

“I am happy with our hitting,” Riley said. “That was the thing coming in I was most worried about. But we had 11 hits on Saturday and eight on Thursday. Some of the guys I was worried about, those are the guys that have started off hitting.”

In the five-inning win over Lisle, Cornwell was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs.

This week is a busy one for Glenbard South, which opens Metro Suburban Conference play with a three-game series against Fenton that began on Tuesday. The Raiders also take on Wheaton Warrenville South Saturday.

“The schedule is different this year, we don’t play Riverside Brookfield until the fourth week,” Riley said. “We play the three toughest teams in a row: RB, Illiana Christian and Ridgewood. ... We need to not only win these (initial) series but we have to sweep the series because we can’t count on other teams to beat the top teams. That puts pressure on you but we handled it well last year.”

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