Error-free Raiders pound Joliet Central

BOLINGBROOK — The torrential rain that fell late last week turned Bolingbrook’s baseball field a little sloppy.

When the Raiders returned to action Saturday after three days off, their play was the exact opposite.

They played error-free baseball and took advantage of seven walks and four errors to top Joliet Central 13-3 in five innings Saturday in Bolingbrook. It was the third win in four games for the Raiders (7-5) who have had one constant during the recent stretch.

“Right now it’s just been having a great attitude and showing up ready to play,” coach Chris Malinoski said.

Bolingbrook fell to Lincoln-Way East 4-3 leading up to Saturday, but jumped on Joliet right away Saturday. Nick Sramek drew a two-out walk, stole second and came home on Scott Foltz’s single.

Jacob Huff allowed just one hit and one walk in three innings on the mound, and got plenty of run support in the second as the Raiders sent 17 men to the plate and scored 12 times to put the game out of reach. Five walks and all three Central errors came in the bottom of the second. Chandler Piekarski’s double, the only extra-base hit for Bolingbrook in the game, was the first of a six-hit attack in the frame.

Of Bolingbrook’s 13 runs, only two were earned. Huff earned the win with Tremaine Rhines and John Altemus each pitching an inning of relief.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, they went in the opposite direction Monday, committing six errors that led to three unearned runs in a 4-1 loss to host Lincoln-Way Central on Monday.

Bolingbrook managed four hits, two by Foltz and one each from Sramek and Mario Samuel. Sramek scored the run, an unearned run in the top of the first. He laced a two-out doubled and came home when the shortstop booted Brad Elmore’s batted ball for a two-base error.

The Raiders will look to take the second game of the series from the Knights when they welcomes LWC at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.