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Rams look forward to playoffs after getting swept in final DVC series

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman – backerman@shawmedia.com)
Glenbard East third baseman Yoanny Gonzalez fields a ground ball against West Chicago on May 4 in Lombard.

LOMBARD – The baseball postseason is right around the corner and that’s a good thing for Glenbard East.

The Rams could use a fresh start after being swept by West Aurora to close the DuPage Valley Conference with a 7-14 record. East tied for sixth in the DVC standings with the Blackhawks.

The Rams had won the previous three DVC series against Naperville North, West Chicago and Wheaton Warrenville South, but all that momentum was halted by three straight surprising defeats. Glenbard South hosts East in the regular-season finale Friday before the Rams open the postseason with a regional quarterfinal against Conant.

“Everyone is 0-0 on Monday, so we’ve got to try to keep moving forward so we’re playing our best baseball,” East coach Joel Pelland said.

The pitching has been near its best recently, but it was difficult to tell after eight errors in the three games against the Blackhawks. Mike Hansen gave up two earned runs in five innings in the 5-1 loss Monday. D.J. Spears allowed two in 4 2/3 innings in the 9-4 loss Tuesday. Nick Vichio didn’t allow any earned runs in a 3-2 loss in the finale Wednesday. Vichio, who was 6-for-8 with three walks at the plate in the series, allowed just four hits and struck out seven.

“The last three games we’ve given up a lot of unearned runs, made a few errors in the field and weren’t able to push across enough runs to overcome that,” Pelland said.

Senior shortstop Danny Ryan homered Tuesday and had two hits Wednesday. The three-sport star who also played football and basketball has been one of the team’s most consistent players this season.

Ryan, who plans to attend the University of Missouri as an education major and has aspirations of getting into coaching, said the team has shrugged off its disappointing regular season.

“We played some good baseball against Wheaton South and then we got to this series and we came out a little slow,” Ryan said. “We have a great team, so I think we can get on a roll and go far.”

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