CRESTWOOD – In a season of firsts for Lemont's baseball team, Monday's moment at Standard Bank Stadium rates as the best to date.
But the Indians hope the celebration after their Class 3A supersectional victory pales in comparison to what could take place Saturday at Silver Cross Field.
Fresh off its first sectional championship in program history Saturday, Lemont punched its ticket to the state semifinals with an 11-1 win over De La Salle in six innings.
"The goal is always to get there," Lemont coach Brian Storako said. "But now the goal is to win it, as it is for every team there. We have to stay grounded and understand the task at hand."
Lemont plays Metamora in the 10 a.m. Friday state semifinal. Grayslake Central and Sacred Heart-Griffin meet in the other semifinal.
With two more victories, the Indians would secure the first boys team state championship in school history.
"We've never done this in Lemont history, so it's pretty special," said senior Jake Latz, who was Monday's winning pitcher. "Hopefully we can keep it going. This has been our goal from the beginning and we had to win seven games to get there. We have five down and two more to go."
"At the beginning of the year, this was our main goal," catcher Mike Papierski said. "This team has really come together and we've gotten hot in the playoffs."
Indeed, in Lemont's five postseason wins, the Indians have outscored the opposition, 35-4. They've also upped their victory total to 35, another program record.
"We just have to continue to do our thing," Storako said. "We have to pitch well, field well and hit well. We can't beat ourselves."