LEMONT – Lemont’s Ryan Sublette got the opportunity to make his first varsity start on the mound Tuesday.
The freshman right-hander certainly didn’t disappoint.
Striking out eight of the last nine batters he faced, Sublette allowed just one hit in his six innings of work during Lemont’s 9-0 win over Tinley Park.
“We were looking forward to seeing him,” said Lemont assistant coach Chris Hardy, who was filling in for absent head coach Brian Storako. “He’s done a great job at the sophomore level. We have a lot of games this week and this was an opportunity [for him] to come help us.
“He’s a talented kid and we are looking forward to having him for the next four years.”
Sublette finished with 10 strikeouts and just one walk.
“He’s got nice zip on the fastball,” Hardy said, “and with the best catcher [Mike Papierski] in the state behind the plate, he wasn’t afraid to throw his curveball in any situation.”
A first inning RBI single by Nick Wisz proved to be the only offensive support Sublette needed.
Wisz drove in another run in the second with a hit. Eric Tucker provided an RBI single in the third and Mike Wisz and Jake Terrazas drove in runs in the fifth. Papierski added a solo homer an inning later.
“We moved Nick up in the order to the two-spot and it worked,” Hardy said. “He’s been hitting the ball well most of the year.”
Lemont was coming off its first loss of the season, a 4-3 defeat to Lincoln-Way North in 10 innings on Saturday. The Indians were held to five hits with Papierski notching two of them. Garrett Acton pitched well in 61/3 innings.
“It was a great battle between two very good pitchers,” Hardy said. “It was a back and forth game.”
A day before the 10-inning loss, the Indians beat Sandburg 1-0 behind a 14-strikeout performance from Jake Latz, who allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort. Mike Wisz drove in the lone run.
On April 17, the squad beat Shepard 4-1 in eight innings. Austin Tittle threw 61/3 innings on the mound and struck out five, Mike Wisz had three hits and Tucker contributed two hits and two RBIs.