LEMONT – For a nonconference game, Saturday’s matchup against Lincoln-Way West holds a little extra importance for Lemont’s baseball team.
With the Indians and Warriors in the same regional, which will also include defending Class 3A state champion Joliet Catholic, the winner might have the leg up for postseason seeding purposes.
Lemont had a 17-1 record as of Tuesday while Lincoln-Way West was still undefeated at 18-0. Last spring, the Indians knocked the Warriors out of the playoffs with a 9-1 win.
“That’s a big game on Saturday,” Lemont coach Brian Storako said. “We will have our work cut out for us.”
Thus far, the Indians have been led by a dominant pitching staff, which allowed just six runs in their recent six-game winning streak.
On Tuesday, Kevin Trojak allowed four hits and one run in five innings of work to lead Lemont to a 7-1 win against TF North. Mike Wisz was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Jake Latz yielded only one hit while striking out nine in six innings of work as Lemont beat Lincoln-Way East, 6-0, on Saturday.
Eric Tucker and Matt Monaco both scored two runs for the Indians while Ryan Folliard was 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored.
“Jake has figured it out and is throwing lots of strikes,” Storako said. “He has 32 strikeouts in 17 innings and zero earned runs and four walks. The walks, that’s the most important thing, when he is throwing strikes and getting multiple pitches over, he is tough to hit.”
A day earlier, the squad upended Tinley Park 7-1 behind a complete-game performance from Charlie Wright, who allowed four hits while striking out 10.
Wisz was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored. Jake Terrazas had two hits and an RBI, and Danny Dowiarz contributed a double and two runs batted in.
On April 24, Lemont defeated Eisenhower 13-3 as Wisz and Jake Latz both cranked out home runs. Wisz was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Nick Wisz was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Dowiarz also had two hits and two runs scored.
Mike Wisz is leading the team with a .458 batting average.
“Everything he is hitting, he is hitting right on the button,” Storako said. “There are not many pitches he has missed. He’s working hard at it and he’s hitting well.”
Sean Sublette was the winning pitcher against Eisenhower, striking out five while yielding no earned runs in 41/3 innings.