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Rams lose DVC opener in near perfect game

NAPERVILLE – The Glenbard East baseball team was supposed to have its first DuPage Valley Conference series in the books already, but the weather put the kibosh on that.

Both of the Rams’ scheduled home games against Naperville Central got postponed due to wet field conditions. East did get its conference opener in on Tuesday in Naperville, but it’s a game they may want to forget.

The Redhawks won 3-1 and starting pitcher Jeff Schank came within two outs of a perfect game. Danny Ryan reached on an error to end the perfect game. Joe Kotch ended the no-hitter and Nick Vichio added another hit to score Ryan, but that was all the offense the Rams mustered on the day.

A strong start from D.J. Spears was wasted in the loss. Spears pitched a complete game and surrendered just the three runs, two earned, while allowing seven hits.

Earlier in non-conference action, the Rams beat York 9-8 on Friday. Yoanny Gonzalez was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and John Allen was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the win. Tyler Beherent, Vichio and Mike Hansen each had two hits.

Vichio pitched five innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, with six strikeouts. Vichio, the Rams’ St. Louis University recruit, missed the first seven games of the season, but has been able to make an early impact.

Entering Thursday’s scheduled remake against Naperville Central, Vichio had a 1.27 ERA in 11 innings with nine strikeouts and just one walk. Offensively, Vichio owned a .381 average with two home runs and eight RBIs.

The Rams have a veteran team, but sat at 4-9 after Tuesday’s loss. The series finale against Naperville Central was scheduled for Friday in Lombard. After a non-conference game with Bloomington on Saturday the Rams will play Glenbard North in a three-game DVC series starting Monday.

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