BERWYN — Three down, three to go.
With three West Suburban Gold series in the books, Downers Grove South’s baseball team couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the conference season.
After sweeping Leyden to start WSG play and taking two of three from Hinsdale South, Downers Grove South took both ends of a doubleheader against Morton on Saturday to improve to 11-3 overall and 7-1 in conference. The third game of the Morton series was scheduled for Monday in Downers Grove.
“We had a big series last weekend and this is another big one,” coach Darren Orel said of Morton. “We’re putting ourselves in a good situation, but there’s so much season left.”
The Mustangs pushed two runs across in the top of the seventh inning of Game 1 Saturday as they broke a 3-3 tie and won 5-3 win. They jumped out to a big 6-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2 and padded the lead with two runs in the seventh inning of a 9-3 win. Nick Alfini earned the win in the first game and Danny Mayer won the second game.
“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.”
Addison Trail, Proviso East and Willowbrook still loom on the WSG schedule, but winning the Morton series was key in keeping a hold on first place in conference.
“It was a big series with Morton being tied with us for first,” Mayer said. “That was a huge series win for us and we’re looking forward to winning conference.”
— Staff writer Dan Santaromita contributed to this report