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Panthers show signs of improvement
Baseball team defeats Kaneland, Naperville North

by Christine Bolin Dascher

5/15/2014

The Oswego baseball team had better luck this past week against non-conference opponents.

Last Saturday, the Panthers topped Kaneland, 8-7 in eight innings, on the road before beating Naperville North, 10-0 in five innings at home on Monday.

In Southwest Prairie Conference action prior to those two games, Minooka topped Oswego, 6-1, in Game 2 of the series on May 7 and then again last Thursday, 4-3.

On Tuesday, Oswego's game at Plainfield South was postponed due to the weather. It has been rescheduled for Friday. The Panthers are now 9-16 overall and 2-13 in the conference.

Non-conference or not, we are playing better," Oswego head coach Mark Johnson said. "We played Plainfield North earlier in the season, and they are the No. 1 seed in our sectional, and we had chances to beat them in two of those games.

"When we played Minooka last week - they too are a top seed - we had a very good chance of winning that third game."

The win against Kaneland snapped a three-game losing streak. The game was tied at 2 after four innings of play. Oswego scored once in the top of the fifth before the Knights tallied three times in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams scored twice in the sixth and Oswego added two more in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 7. The Panthers scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth.

The Panthers were led by senior Mitch Wilson (two hits, RBI), sophomore Carter Turnquist (two hits, two RBIs), junior Jake Rock (two hits) and junior Matt Rakosnik and sophomore Konor Gengler (one hit, RBI each).

"Kaneland is a very good team, and that game was very back-and-forth," Johnson said. "We were down five guys for various reasons...and we were able to shut them down in the eighth inning."

In the shutout against Naperville North, Oswego scored four times in the bottom of the second, once in the fourth and five times in the fifth. The Panthers used 10 hits. Rock and senior Charlie Jakubowski each had two RBIs and Gengler and senior Jeff Pieroni each had two hits. Junior Cameron Paladines earned the win on the mound after he gave up one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.

"We made the plays and we executed," Johnson said.

"The hits were coming and Cameron Paladines threw very, very well."

In Game 2 against Minooka, the Indians led 6-0 after five innings before Wilson scored the lone run of the contest for the Panthers in the top of the seventh. Wilson had two of Oswego's three hits.

In Game 3 against Minooka, Oswego led 2-0 before the Indians tied the game in the top of the fourth and led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Panthers scored once more, but fell short. Jakubowski and junior Zach Sparkman each had two hits and an RBI.

The results of Wednesday's scheduled game hosting Plainfield South were not available at press time. The series is scheduled to continue today, Thursday, on the road at 4:15 p.m.

On Monday, Oswego will face Plano at home on Senior Night at 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the three-game series with Plainfield East will start at home at 4:15 p.m.





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