HINSDALE — After being used as a reliever for the beginning of the year York’s Anthony Santos is settling into a starting role.
The Dukes’ junior made his third West Suburban Silver start and kept Hinsdale Central off balance with a heavy dose of fastballs in a 5-3 York win Monday in Hinsdale.
Santos threw a complete game and gave up no earned runs in the rubber game of the series.
“He’s been pretty solid as our third game guy of a three-game series,” said York coach Dave Kalal. “He’s been able to come in and shut the door for us. We’ve kind of eased him along a little bit to make sure his arm was in pretty good shape before we threw him out there.”
Part of the process of easing him into the rotation was throwing exclusively fastballs on Monday. Santos was able to limit the Red Devils’ offense by frequently getting ahead in the count.
“I usually mix it up a lot,” Santos said. “These guys are really good hitters, but for some reason they couldn’t touch my fastball that much.”
York (10-11, 6-8 WSS) won the series despite losing Game 1 17-1. York’s River Pitlock outdueled Central’s Adam Dressler in a battle of Division I recruits in Game 2 for a 2-1 Duke win.
On Monday York jumped on Miami University-bound Christian Bokich by scoring three runs in the second inning. Tyler Zunkel’s drove in Jake Dvorak and Dan Cirone, who both reached with walks.
York scored two more in the fifth and chased Bokich from the game. The Red Devils (11-6, 7-5 WSS) scored two in the seventh after an error with two outs kept the game alive.
“I’m not too upset,” said Central coach Tom Dorrance. “It’s not like we’re just playing lousy. We’re not making errors or just striking out all the time swinging for the fences all the time. I think we’re playing some good, solid baseball.
“They hit one of our top three pitchers pretty well. They take a 5-0 lead and then we’re climbing up the ladder trying to scramble something out and they held us out.”