LOMBARD – Glenbard East’s baseball team has shown that it can be competitive with some of the better teams in the area.
But it is consistency that has escaped the Rams thus far during the 2014 season.
“We’ve been up and down,” Glenbard East coach Joel Pelland said. “We’ve been inconsistent; if we can be consistent both offensively and defensively, we will be tough.
“We competed with Naperville Central, we beat Wheaton North, we took two out of three from West Aurora. We played with Mt. Carmel earlier in the year, we beat Lockport and we tied Prospect. We’ve shown the ability to compete with top teams, we just have to be more consistent.”
This week, Glenbard East dropped a 5-3 decision against Glenbard North on Tuesday despite a three-run home run by Tyler Behrendt.
A day earlier, the Rams wrapped up their series against Wheaton North with a 6-0 loss. The score was 2-0 through four innings before the visitors plated one run in the fifth and three in the sixth.
“It was 2-0 for most of the game,” Pelland said. “We had that one inning where we kind of fell apart defensively. Those things added up. You can’t do that when you play a good team like Wheaton North. You have to put together seven innings of good baseball, and we put together four.
“We did finish the game strong. Even when we were down 6-0, we didn’t pack it in. We put some good at-bats together.”
On Saturday, Glenbard East first lost 7-6 against Wheaton North in 14 innings in a game that began May 2 and was suspended after nine frames. The Rams had held a 6-2 lead going into the seventh inning before the Falcons plated four runs.
Behrendt finished the two-day game 3-for-6 at the plate with two runs scored, and Michael Sebby was 3-for-7 with two RBIs. Joe Ritchie added a home run.
Glenbard East did come back to win Game 2 by an identical 7-6 score.
The Rams took a 7-1 advantage into the sixth inning only to see Wheaton North plate five runs, but they held on from there.
“It was frightening,” Pelland said. “But the boys kept it together. We had to remind ourselves that we were still winning. Our pitcher [Anthony Esterly] went the distance. He was mentally tough enough to finish the ballgame for us.”
East entered Thursday’s game against DuPage Valley Conference leading Naperville Central with a 3-9 DVC record.