LISLE — What a homecoming.
Playing its first true home game in nearly two weeks after severe flooding at Lisle Community Park, Lisle High School’s baseball team saw Alex Ventrella throw a no-hitter as the Lions blanked Seneca 4-0 on Monday.
“The first batter of the game reached on an error, otherwise he throws a perfect game,” Lisle coach Pete Meyer said.
Ventrella needed just 93 pitches to finish his no-no; 65 of those pitches were strikes.
“He had great command of all three of his pitches,” Meyer said of Ventrella, who moved to 3-0 on the year. “His fastball, his change-up, his curve, they were all working for him. His curve was lights out.”
Ventrella struck out 12 batters, and the way he was throwing, the two runs Lisle scored in the third inning were enough to win. The Lions (11-6-1 overall, 8-2-1 in the Interstate Eight Conference) added two more in the fourth for good measure.
Ryan Van Volkenburg’s solo homer in the fourth started the scoring. Ventrella reached on an error that scored Kevin Coppin later in the frame. Bill Loconsole and Bailey Welch led off the fourth with back-to-back singles. A two-base error allowed Loconsole to score while Welch moved up to third before Van Volkenburg’s double scored him with the game’s final run.
Lisle’s previous game that was even close to home was Friday’s 11-6 loss to Manteno at Benet, a short drive from LHS. The Lions led 6-3 heading into the seventh before the visitors exploded for eight runs in their half of the frame.
“It was kind of odd, but Benet’s got a beautiful field and we were lucky to be able to play on it,” Meyer said. “Monday we were on our field, and I think the kids were excited to be back home and not have to worry about when we were going to play or where we were going to play.”