Plainfield East baseball downs Bolingbrook, picks up program's first postseason win
Freshman Drew Demumbrum quiets Bolingbrook bats to lift East to victory
BOLINGBROOK - Last year Bolingbrook's baseball team advanced to the regional championship game for the first time in 15 years.
The magic of that playoff run was gone Monday, and it was Plainfield East who had another first in a Class 4A opening round regional game.
The Bengals topped the Raiders 5-3 for their first playoff win in program history and move on to face No. 1 sectional seed Downers Grove South in a regional semifinal at Hinsdale Central Wednesday.
East (14-17) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. A hit batter, error, and two consecutive walks allowed Drew Demumbrum to score the first run, and Mike McGee's groundout plated Chayanze Stirbis with the second run. Jeremy Dutton led off the second with a single and scored on Demumbrum's two-out single for a 3-0 Bengal lead.
Bolingbrook (11-18) didn't pick up its first hit of the game until the fourth inning on Nick Sramek's two-out double and didn't get on the scoreboard until the fifth, when Chandler Piekarski's home run to right also scored Justin Pikowski .
But as soon as the Raiders made a game of it, the Bengals added some insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Dutton and Jordan Blackman led off with singles, Dutton moving to third on Blackman's hit. Demumbrum's squeeze bunt scored Dutton and chased Bolingbrook starting pitcher Mario Samuel. Stirbis reached on an error that allowed pinch runner Andrew Ico to score as East took a 5-2 lead.
Piekarski and Jacob Huff hit back-to-back one-out doubles for a Bolingbrook run in the bottom of the seventh, and Tremaine Rhines followed with a walk, but the Raiders couldn't extend the rally, or their season.
Freshman Demumbrum pitched 6.2 innings and surrendered six hits, and left the game with one out to go. Tyler Veart handler a grounder back to the mound to earn a one-out save.
Bolingbrook senior pitcher Mario Samuel minimized the damage against him despite giving up seven hits and four walks in 5.1 innings. He struck out six. Senior Steve Waldrop worked the final 1.2 innings for the Raiders.