Glenbard North walks off against East to stay perfect in DVC

Panthers win 3-2 on Jeff LaPage sac fly

CAROL STREAM — For much of the season Glenbard East baseball has been one or two plays away and Wednesday was another example of that.

The Rams lost to Glenbard North 3-2 in walk-off fashion at Wheaton College’s Lee Pfund Stadium. It was East’s seventh loss by two runs or fewer this season.

“That’s kind of been the frustration for most of the year,” said Rams’ coach Joel Pelland. “We’re a play away.”

Nolan Jasinski led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. He was sacrificed over by Ryan Storto and a wild pitch moved Jasinski to third. Jeff LaPage hit a fly ball deep enough for Jasinski to comfortably tag home to score the winning run.

The Panthers are now 8-0 in the DuPage Valley Conference.

“It was probably one of our better games this year,” said Glenbard North coach Richard Smelko. “Really that game could have gone either way between the both of us. I guess we executed a little bit better than they did today, but I thought it was a well played game by both teams.”

Nick Vichio had an RBI single in the first inning and Danny Ryan had a sac fly in the third for the Rams (5-15, 1-7 DVC). Storto and Dom Fornino had RBI groundouts in each of the first two innings for the Panthers (11-4, 8-0).

Panther starter Matt Albin and Rams starter Troy Huber dueled to keep the game low scoring. Albin pitched five innings and had eight strikeouts and no walks. Huber went the distance and allowed eight hits.

“Our starting pitching has been really good and our defense the past two and a half three weeks has played really, really well,” Smelko said. “When you’re getting good pitching and you’re playing good defense, not making any errors, you’ll put yourself in a pretty good position on most days.”