BERWYN — For the second week in a row Downers Grove South baseball matched up with a team it shared the West Suburban Gold lead with.
For the second week in a row DGS won that series to further cement their place atop the league standings.
After taking two of three from defending league champions Hinsdale South last year, South swept Saturday’s doubleheader at Morton to clinch the series win. DGS won 5-3 in game one and 9-3 in game two.
Both sets of Mustangs entered with 5-1 records in the Gold. South (11-3, 7-1 WSG) can now claim first place all for itself.
“We had a big series last weekend and this is another big one,” said DGS coach Darren Orel. “We’re putting ourselves in a good situation, but there’s so much season left.”
Brian Glowicki got the start for South in game one. He shut down Morton (6-5, 5-3 WSG) until the sixth inning when three errors resulted in three unearned runs to allow the hosts to tie the game at 3-3.
Back-to-back doubles by Kevin Raher and Zach Taylor restored South’s lead in the top of the seventh.
South wasted no time in game two. They scored six runs in the top of the first and Morton was unable to get back in the game.
Danny Mayer pitched three scoreless innings for the visitors before surrendering three runs in the fourth.
“I think our team did a good job of jumping on them early and getting ahead with the six runs in the first inning,” Mayer said. “Our defense made some plays and they did a great job getting us back in and getting some more runs.”
For Morton, the series loss was a setback, but the season is already well ahead of expectations. After sweeping Proviso East and beating Willowbrook in the first two conference series of the season Morton is approaching last year’s win total.
“Our youth is starting to get experience, but it still shows,” said Morton coach Mike Casey. “We make some silly mental mistakes.
“We’re up and down right now. Nothing is consistent yet.”