DARIEN — When bunting, hit-and-run and stealing bases — small-ball — comprise the majority of a baseball team's offense, that team is going to play some close games.
Small-ball is the style used by Hinsdale South.
A majority of the Hornets' games have been tight, and that was the case Wednesday when they hosted Stagg in a non-conference showdown. This close one went against the Hornets as they fell 3-2 in nine innings.
South (16-6) answered single Stagg runs in the second and third with a pair of its own in the bottom of 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.
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.
Jon Uba allowed Stagg's lead-off batters to reach in each of the first three innings, but then he settled down and allowed just two hits over his final four innings of work. Mike Mullaney came on in relief in the eighth and ninth and was saddled with the loss.
Oehmen, Jablonski, Deolitsis, Mike Meyers and Grant Morford each had a hit for South.
The Hornets travel to York in a West Suburban Conference crossover at 4:30 p.m. Thursday before hosting Addison Trail at 2 p.m. Saturday in a West Suburban Gold doubleheader.