WHEATON — As the staff ace, Lake Bachar has been getting the job done this spring for the Wheaton North baseball team.
But on Monday, it was his bat that came up huge.
Spoiling a no-hit bid by Glenbard East's Nick Vichio, Bachar's RBI-double in the bottom of the fifth knotted the score at one-apiece and opened up the floodgates. The Falcons tacked on three more runs in the frame and went on to a 6-1 victory in the second game of the series with the Rams.
"I was just looking for a fastball," said Bachar, who connected on the first-pitch of the at-bat. "That is what he was going with a lot. I think it got our team up and their pitcher lost a bit of confidence and we just right on it."
Wheaton North coach Dan Schoessling wasn't at all surprised by Bachar's contribution.
"He's been good all year," the coach said. "Offensively, defensively and on the mound. He has had a real good year up to this point.
"That hit got us going, it was the first solid contact we pretty much had. It was nice to get the momentum in our dugout."
That run support made a winner out of Tom Colletti, who allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort.
"Tom was really good," Schoessling said. "He seemed to get better as the game went on and he started throwing his breaking ball over for strikes. It was good to see him continue to be great for us on the mound."
Wheaton North opened its series against Glenbard East on Saturday with a 6-5 win in eight innings. Bachar earned the win on the mound in relief, working three innings. John Peltz knocked in the winning run in the top of the eighth with a single.
"We are strong all-around," Bachar added. "We have a lot of talent (on the pitching staff) and we've really worked hard. We lost a lot of seniors from last year but others have stepped up.
"We also have a really good defense and we have a strong line-up for hitting."
A busy week for the Falcons continued with matchups against Glenbard East on Tuesday and West Chicago on Wednesday. Wheaton North then opens a three-game series against West Aurora on Friday.
"They (West Aurora) can always swing the bat," Schoessling said, "and I know they have two very good arms. They have been in most of their games."