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Hinsdale Central baseball tops Oak Park twice in a matter of hours

Central climbs in conference standings while OPRF slips back to pack

HINSDALE — In the span of two-and-a-half hours Wednesday, Hinsdale Central's baseball team won two games and threw its hat back into the West Suburban Silver race.

First the Red Devils edged Oak Park-River Forest 4-3 in a game that was suspended due to darkness on April 15 with the score tied 3-3. Later, a resurgent Christian Bokich yielded just four hits while pitching into the sixth inning of a 4-2 victory that clinched a series win over the WSS favorite Huskies.

Austin Butler earned the win in the first game. Bobby Skogsbergh saved both contests as Central improved to 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Silver.

The Red Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Huskies. Justice Camalick led off the bottom of the third with a double to deep center field, went to third on Chris Botsoe's groundout and trotted home on Joe Herr's single. Adam Dressler singled with two outs, Herr and Dressler moved up on a wild pitch and both came home on a throwing error on Ryan Haff's grounder to short.

OPRF got a run back with a leadoff solo home run in the top of the fourth and cut it to 3-2 with a two-out rally in the  sixth, but an error leading off Central's half of the sixth allowed Max Peters to reach safely, and Tyler Ward's one-out single brought courtesy runner Jared Eck home from second with an insurance run.

No. 9 hitter Camalick finished the day 3-for-3 for Central's only multi-hit day. Ward battled for an extended at-bat in the sixth, which gave Eck time to pick a good time to steal second, which made it possible for him to score on Ward's single.

Central travels to York at 10 a.m. Saturday and hosts the Dukes at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the next WSS series. The Red Devils also host Leyden in a West Suburban Conference crossover game at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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