LEMONT – After tying for the South Suburban Blue conference championship a year ago, Lemont’s baseball team wanted the outright title this spring.
The Indians dominated their side of the conference on their way to accomplishing that goal. They boasted a 17-1 league mark heading into Wednesday’s finale against Argo.
Lemont hopes that was all just a stepping stone to playoff success.
“We haven’t won it outright in four or five years,” said Lemont first-year coach Brian Storako. “We’ve got a good ballclub. When we play the way we can, we are one of the better teams in the area. It’s a matter of everyone doing their part, and sometimes that is difficult. We’ve got a fairly young team; we’ve got a lot of juniors that are making an impact.”
The Indians recently picked up three conference wins. On May 10, they resumed a game against Reavis in the top of the 12th inning with the score knotted at 9 apiece. The Indians quickly plated four runs, and Jake Terrazas closed it out in relief.
The squad then beat Hillcrest twice earlier this week, by margins of 23-1 Monday and 10-0 Tuesday.
“Looking at the stats from last year, the team hit around .330,” Storako said. “Right now, we are around .380. If you look at the three areas, it’s been our hitting then our pitching and then our defense but our fielding is coming up. We are starting to play better all-around.
“If we get to where we want to be, we can do some damage.”
This weekend should provide a glimpse of just where Lemont stands heading into the postseason. After taking on Providence on Thursday, the Indians were set to play either New Trier or Oak Park on Friday as part of the Stevi’s Way Tournament. The squad ends that event Saturday before wrapping up the regular season with a matchup against Joliet West on Monday.
“The test will be this weekend,” Storako said. “It’s going to be a fun week with the Stevi’s Way and then hosting a regional.”