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Raiders gear up for RB with league title on the line

GLEN ELLYN — With a bye in the Metro Suburban Conference schedule this week, the Glenbard South baseball team will have plenty of time to prepare for its upcoming showdown with Riverside Brookfield.

The Raiders will enter that three-game series with the Bulldogs (15-1 record through Monday) with an 8-1 mark in league play after sweeping a doubleheader with Timothy Christian Saturday. The series with RB, which was undefeated in conference as of Monday, is scheduled for next Tuesday through Thursday.

Glenbard South held on for a 5-4 victory in Game 1 against TC as Will Anderson wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh inning. He notched the save in relief of Mike Atkinson, who allowed two runs over six frames.

The Raiders went on to win the nightcap 14-1 in five innings behind the pitching of Nick Yangas and 10 stolen bases by the offense.

“In the first game, we did a good job manufacturing runs,” said Glenbard South coach Mike Riley. “We got on base, stole second and got a hit to score the run. We manufactured our way to five runs.”

In the opening game of the series on April 16, Glenbard South beat the Trojans 15-4. Ethan Gasbarro was the winning pitcher.

“We are swinging the bats pretty well,” the coach said. “We had 23 hits in that first game against Timothy. And our pitching has been pretty good.”

On Monday, Glenbard South beat Plainfield North 14-4 in six innings behind the bats of Carol Sanders and Will Cornwell, both of whom were 4-for-4 at the plate.

The Raiders were scheduled to play three more non-conference games this week, beginning with Tuesday’s matchup against Rolling Meadows. Next up are matchups with Burlington Central on Friday and Oswego East on Saturday.

“It is our bye week so that takes a little of the pressure off,” said Riley, whose team’s only loss in the MSC was 3-2 to Elmwood Park. “We don’t have to try to keep pace with RB.

“This week, we will challenge the kids a little bit. It’s a nice tune-up week before we play RB. We are playing some tough competition.”

Through 11 games, Cornwell was leading the team with a .636 batting average, while adding eight doubles and 19 RBIs. Tony Tenuta was at .444 and Sanders was hitting .424.

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