LEMONT — The Lemont baseball team has found one positive with the lousy weather that has wreaked havoc on the 2013 schedule.
More time spent hitting.
Stuck in the gym on many afternoons due to the rain and cold, more focus has been put on the offensive side of the game.
“We are working hard at it,” said Lemont coach Brian Storako. “When you are stuck inside, that’s really all you can do. There are only so many ground balls you can take on a fieldhouse floor. So we are hitting a lot and our pitchers are throwing live a lot.”
The results have been staggering for the Indians.
Lemont (9-3 overall, 8-0 South Suburban Conference) knocked out 16 hits in Monday’s 16-5 win over TF North, with the squad jumping out to a 9-0 advantage after two innings before adding a single run in the fourth and three apiece in the fifth and seventh frames.
Brett Twohill went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored while Matt Kaminski was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs.
“We are swinging the bats well,” the coach said. “We are hitting well, from the top to the bottom.”
Jake Terrazas notched his second win of the spring on the mound, allowing four hits while striking out five in four innings of work. Kevin Trojak yielded no hits in three innings of relief work.
On Saturday, Lemont again reached double-digits hits (12) in a 13-6 victory over Tinley Park. The Indians actually trailed 6-3 after four innings before tallying six runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double by Terrazas, and four more in the sixth.
Mike Wisz led the offense with a 3-for-5 performance, including a pair of doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Mark Tokarski went 2-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored and Billy Hayes contributed two hits and two RBIs.
“Saturday was really the first time we faced adversity where we were able to overcome it,” Storako said. “Credit Tinley Park for coming back and battling us after we beat them earlier in the week. We faltered a bit then came back and stuck with it and eventually our bats woke up.”
Jake Latz struck out seven in three and two-thirds innings of work. Joe Sambucci added two and one-third scoreless frames.
“That’s been our plan from the beginning, to limit their pitch counts,” Storako said of splitting up the games pitching-wise. “The meat of the schedule is coming up so we have all these guys who have seen innings and are battle-tested.”
After a scheduled game Thursday against Oak Lawn, Lemont is set to play Eisenhower on Friday before traveling Saturday to Chatham-Glenwood.
“They (Chatham) are always one of the top teams in 3A so we are looking forward to traveling down there,” Storako said. “That will be one of the top opponents we play.”