ADDISON – Hitting hasn’t been a strong point for Morton’s baseball team so far, but Sergio Villalobos has been carrying the lineup.
Villalobos, who also is part of the Mustangs’ starting rotation for conference games, is hitting well in the middle of the Morton lineup.
“He’s been really dominating at the plate,” Morton head coach Mike Casey said. “He’s really seeing the ball he says. He’s driving the ball, a lot of doubles and home runs. He’s stretching the yard a little bit. He’s got 17 RBIs. He’s hitting the ball real well.”
Villalobos homered with two outs in the top of the seventh to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead in Friday’s game against Addison Trail, the opening game of the West Suburban Gold series. Unfortunately for him and Morton, the Blazers came back with two run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to win 5-4.
Villalobos’ admitted the power is something new to him since the start of his high-school career. Through Saturday, he had six doubles and three home runs on the season.
“I’m just going with the flow and seeing where I can hit the ball,” Villalobos said.
Villalobos is still weighing his college options. Casey said he didn’t get enough looks while playing for a local travel team this summer but thinks he is a college-level player.
The Mustangs bounced back from Friday’s loss with a hit parade Saturday against Addison Trail. Morton had seven hits and eight runs in the third inning and went on to win 11-8. Five different Mustangs had multihit games.
“We’re starting to swing the bats better,” Casey said. “Abdiel Armenta got a chance to come into the game today. He hasn’t usually started, and he was 3-for-4.”
Armenta also had two doubles and four RBIs. Catcher and leadoff hitter Nicholas Campanile was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Alex Paez was 3-for-3 with a walk. Mike Kadela and Anthony Iniquez had two hits each.
Villalobos earned the win on the mound, giving up three runs in six innings before the Blazers scored five runs on five walks in the seventh inning.