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Hinsdale Central rally falls short as Hinsdale South wins rivalry game

Four-run third inning the big blow as Hornets win 5-4 over Red Devils

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:36 a.m. CDT
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Bill Ackerman – Hinsdale Central's Jacob White gives new meaning to "stealing second" as the base comes out of the ground on his steal in a conference crossover baseball game at Hinsdale South on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The throw to second baseman Joe Oehmen (left) was backed up by shortstop Don Buonavolanto.

DARIEN - In a tune-up for the next week's playoffs, Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South finished off their three-game rivalry series Tuesday with the Hornets scoring a 5-4 win.

The big blow for South (22-9) came on Matt Reschke's bases-clearing triple with two outs in the third, capping a four-run frame for the Hornets. They added another run in the fourth with George Cote's fielder's choice scoring Mike Meyers, who reached on an error.

Central (15-12) came back with three runs in the fifth. Jacob White singled home Ryan Haff, Matt Muellner plated Jared Eck on a sacrifice fly, and Alec Hutcherson's single plated White as the Red Devils cut the deficit to 5-4. White walked and scored when Muellner reached on an error in the first inning.

After the Red Devils sent eight batters to the plate and scored the three runs in the fifth, South starting pitcher Mike Rizzo worked 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh to douse any hopes of a Central rally. Rizzo walked one, struck out two and didn't allow an earned run as he picked up the win.

Central's Basil Arain suffered the loss, though he also didn't allow an earned run. Arain walked one and fanned two over four  innings of work before handing the ball to Charlie Banke.

Reschke finished the game 2-for-3 with the three RBIs. Meyers scored two runs and Rizzo, D.J. Deolitsis, and Don Buonavolanto had one run apiece.

Alec Hutcherson went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and an RBI. Central had five hits to South's four in the game.

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