BERWYN — A four-hitter is a dominant pitching performance, but a one-hitter is better.
Hinsdale South senior Mike Rizzo pitched a four-hit shutout in Game 1 against Morton on Saturday. Then teammate Matt Reschke followed by taking a perfect game into the sixth inning and finishing with a one-hitter.
The Hornets stayed on the heels of West Suburban Gold leader Downers Grove with 2-0 and 6-0 wins.
“We’ve been throwing the ball real well all year,” said Hornets’ coach Paul Hoel. “We’re not overpowering on the mound, but we hit our spots and play good defense usually.”
Rizzo was 3-for-4 at the plate and had six strikeouts in Game 1. Morton starter Eli McMahon keep the Mustangs in the game, surrendering just the two runs in a complete game effort.
Reschke retired the first 15 batters he faced until Paolo Maietta drilled a ball down the left field line to break up the no-hitter. Don Buonavolanto had a home run and Mike Marrera was 3-for-3 with two doubles for the Hornets.
“We always like to joke around about who had a better outing here or there,” Rizzo said. “I come out and get a four-hit shutout. He comes out and he throws a one-hit shutout and one-ups me so I gotta step my game up.”
The Hornets (14-5, 9-2 WSG) remain one loss behind Downers Grove South, which swept a doubleheader against Proviso East on Saturday to improve to 13-1 in the league.
Morton (8-10, 7-7) was without key hitters Sergio Villalobos and Luis Rivera and was unable to replace them in the middle of the order.
“Without those two, they’re two of the better guys, we’re struggling,” said Morton coach Mike Casey. “We got guys playing out of position because of that. Then you can see we’ve struggled with the bats.”