DARIEN – The recent trend of solid pitching continued for Hinsdale South’s baseball team, but another trend ended Wednesday.
After a rocky start to the game, pitcher Jon Uba yielded just two hits over his final four innings of work. But the Hornets’ five-game winning streak was halted with a 3-2, nine-inning loss to visiting Stagg.
“Another one-run loss for the Hornets,” said Hornets coach Paul Hoel, whose team has lost four of its six losses by just one run. “The good news is we’re in every game. We had our opportunities to win today, but they made the plays they had to make.”
Uba surrendered four hits in the first three innings and allowed the lead-off batter to reach in each inning, but he limited the Chargers to single runs in the second and third. South (16-6 overall) leveled the score with two runs in the third.
Joe Oehmen and Joe Jablonski singled to start the inning, and D.J. Deolitsis bunted his way to first to load the bases with no outs. Mike Rizzo’s sacrifice groundout scored Oehmen and Don Buonavolanto’s groundout brought home Brian Hoel, running in place of catcher Jablonski. Deolitsis went airborn to try to score on a wild pitch, but the ball caromed off the backstop right back to home plate, where he was tagged on the bottom of the foot as he leaped in the air.
“The pitcher and the catcher were standing in front of the plate, so I really didn’t have anywhere else to go,” Deolitsis said.
Five scoreless innings followed before an error plated an unearned run for Stagg in the top of the ninth. The Hornets went down in order in the bottom of the frame to end the game. Mike Mullaney allowed one hit in two innings of relief but was saddled with the loss.
“Mike and Jon both pitched well enough to win,” Hoel said. “We hit the ball hard, but we hit it at people and they made the plays when we did.”