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Bats go cold in Hinsdale South's baseball playoff defeat

Hornets leave nine runners stranded, squander scoring chances vs. Metea Valley

OSWEGO – It was just one of those days for Hinsdale South’s baseball team.

Facing Metea Valley on May 24 in a semifinal game of the Class 4A Oswego regional, the Hornets did everything but come up with the key hits in a 5-1 loss that ended their season.

“We left nine guys on base and three times we had a guy on third with less than two outs, and we just couldn’t get the timely hits we needed,” South coach Paul Hoel said. “It’s kind of been our Achilles heel all year. We pitch well, we play good defense, but some days we just didn’t hit when we needed to.”

It was a close game much of the way with the Hornets (22-13) jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. D.J. Deolitsis walked and later scored on Matt Reschke’s sacrifice fly. The Mustangs leveled the score in the fifth and scored four times in the top of the seventh to take control of the game.

Mike Rizzo suffered the loss after scattering 10 hits, striking out four and walking just one in a complete-game effort.

“Mike did a nice job. He threw well,” Hoel said. “A couple things just snowballed on us in the seventh inning.”

The loss signaled the end for Rizzo, Reschke, Deolitsis and a slew of Hinsdale South seniors, but they graduating group goes down as one of the most successful in school history. The seniors went 52-19 overall the past two seasons, which included a 32-4 mark in the West Suburban Gold (16-2 each season) and back-to-back conference titles for the first time in more than 20 years. The regional semifinal loss doesn’t tarnish any of that.

“The seniors were a wonderful group of kids. They worked hard and they all played important roles on our team,” Hoel said. “The state tournament is one-and-done. You could be a good team and not win a regional and you could be an average team and win a regional title, but you can’t be an average team and win a conference title.”

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