BOLINGBROOK — Baseball can sometimes be an arms race, and Bolingbrook needed all the arms it could get over the weekend.
Despite cold temperatures, the Raiders and host Oswego East were swinging hot bats, which necessitated the use of every pitcher both teams could muster.
With Mario Samuel, John Altemus and Brad Elmore sharing the duties on the mound, the Raiders (6-4 record after the weekend) won 16-14 in eight innings, pushing across three runs in the top of the eighth and withstanding East’s rally in the bottom of the frame.
The Raiders sent 47 players to the plate and rapped out 17 hits. Kyle Nadres went 4-for-5 with three runs, three RBIs and a stolen base. Tremaine Rhines laced three hits, scored three times and stole two bases.
Elmore, who picked up the win with two innings of two-hit relief, helped his own cause by going 2-for-6 with a home run and a team-high four RBIs. Scott Foltz, Chandler Piekarski and Jacob Huff each finished with two RBIs.
Saturday’s slugfest was in sharp contrast to Friday’s affair with Joliet Central. Elmore’s fifth-inning double unloaded the bases and plated Nadres, Justin Pikowski and Joseph McKay. It was all the scoring Bolingbrook needed in a 3-0 win in Joliet.
Steve Waldrop earned the win on the mound, surrendering just two hits and a walk in six innings while striking out 12. Rhines worked a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.
The Raiders had Monday’s home game against Joliet Central canceled. They were scheduled to play at Lincoln-Way East Tuesday before returning home for games against East (4:30 p.m. Thursday) and Reavis (10 a.m. Saturday).