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La Grange

Lehmann, Lorenz lead LT to rout of Hinsdale Central

Lions win 12-2 with five-hit performance from Mike Lorenz

HINSDALE — Two Division I pitching recruits took the mound on Friday in Hinsdale.

One was in control all game and the other got hit as hard as he has all season.

Lyons Township’s Keith Lehmann, a Michigan recruit, had seven strikeouts in a complete game win. Hinsdale Central’s Bobby Skogsbergh, a Boston College recruit, gave up seven runs and left the game in the fourth inning.

LT won 12-2 behind Lehmann and a 5-for-5 day from Mike Lorenz.

“My curveball was a little off early in the game, but then I settled down and got that working,” Lehmann said. “Then I got my change up working, too. When you have three pitches working on the day you’re going to do good on the mound.”

Lorenz got the Lions’ offense started with a bunt single in the first inning and later came around to score. He also had three stolen bases on the day.

“I was just seeing the ball,” Lorenz said. “I had two bunts also, so that helps out.”

Sam Cybulski, Sam Heilenbach and Zach Carlson also had multi-hit days. The Lions managed 17 hits.

LT (16-7, 9-4 West Suburban Silver) has been getting more play like this from its pitching and hitting in recent games.

“I’m encouraged,” said LT coach George Ushela. “Maybe we’re hitting a good stride right now. Our starting pitching has been pretty good the last three weeks.”

The Red Devils (11-9, 7-6 WSS) is hoping it can learn lessons from Friday’s loss.

“I think LT was probably the best team that I’ve seen this year, today,” said Central coach Tom Dorrance. “It’s going to benefit us hopefully two weeks from now when we’re playing our first playoff game. Seeing all these guys is not going to be a shock to us. We’ll be acclimated to it.”

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