BOLINGBROOK — The pitching staff was bound to be good for Bolingbrook’s baseball team.
Brad Elmore (Lewis), Steve Waldrop (Morehead State) and Mario Samuel (Heartland Community College) are all signed on to play at the next level, but so far the back end of the rotation has been just as good for the Raiders, which could make head coach Chris Malinoski’s job a little easier.
“We think we have a pretty good top three,” the coach said. “We’re still trying to figure out our four, five and six starters as the season progresses.”
Transfer Tremaine Rhines struck out 11 and walked one in a five-inning no-hitter against Thornridge April 2. Miguel Silva was nearly as good in Bolingbrook’s 7-0 win over Thornwood Thursday.
In five innings of work, Silva allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out seven. He went to a three-ball count just three times and retired the final 15 batters he faced.
“I just wanted to attack the hitters and pitch to contact,” Silva said. “I was amped up in the beginning, but I just had to relax and go back to what I do best, which is just playing ball.”
“It’s nice to see Miguel get that result,” Malinoski said. “He’s been (in the program) for four years, so he understands what we want and what he needs to do.”
Working with and being around hurlers like Elmore, Samuel and Waldrop has helped Silva develop and could help him land a spot in the rotation.
“They’ve told me how to attack hitters, how to be better and how to succeed,” Silva said. “We have a great pitching staff. We attack the hitters and go out there and try to put the team in a position to win every day.”
Samuel got the start and Elmore the win in a 6-4 victory over Plainfield Central on Saturday. Samuel gave up just one earned run over six innings but was undone by three errors that led to three unearned runs for Plainfield. Elmore fanned all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh and the Raiders (4-3) plated three in the bottom of the frame to earn the win.
“It’s great having a staff like this,” Elmore said. “To know that there are other pitchers that can step up and throw innings for us is huge.”
Bolingbrook will host Joliet Central at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday before playing its next four games on the road.