Westmont edges Lisle in Interstate Eight Conference baseball duel
Sentinels take outright lead over Lions in conference race with rematch scheduled Tuesday
LISLE — Under the lights, both pitchers were lights out.
With Westmont's Jean Pietrzak and Lisle's Alex Ventrella both dealing on the mound, the Sentinels made the most of two errors that led to two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning of their 3-1 win over the Lions Monday night at Benedictine University.
With the win, Westmont (20-4 overall) moved past Lisle (14-7-1) for first place in the Interstate Eight North division standings. The Sentinels improved to 11-2 in conference and the Lions slipped to 9-3-1.
Pietrzak yielded four hits and started a pair of double plays to limit Lisle's chances. Ventrella relied on his nasty curveball to strike out eight while surrendering five hits.
After five scoreless innings, Ryan Schlicher walked to lead off Westmont's half of the sixth. He went to second on Robert Kokoszka's sacrifice bunt and came around to score on Pietrzak's two-out single.
Lisle came right back in the bottom of the frame. Brian Czyl reached on an infield single and came all the way home moments later on a two-base throwing error that allowed Ryan Van Volkenburg to get to second.
A pair of errors in the top of the seventh allowed Zach Moran and Greg Pietrzak to reach, Pietrzak on what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt. Moran took third on that play and scored the winning run on Tommy Franczak's hard-hit ball that slipped past second base and into the outfield. Pietrzak went to third on Franczak's hit and scored on Schlicher's single.
The two teams meet again at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Westmont High School.