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SPC drought ends
After 10 league losses, Oswego East baseball team reaches win column

by Christine Bolin Dascher

5/22/2014

The Oswego East baseball team started the Southwest Prairie Conference season at 6-0, only to drop its next 10 league contests.

On Monday, that streak was busted, as the Wolves beat Plainfield East, 5-4, in Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Bengals.

In between games, all 10 of the Oswego East seniors - Zach Behnke, Nick Dabrowski, Tyler Engleman, Josh Hemmer, Zach Hutten, Austin Kapusinski, Jared Litkenhus, Jon Mohler, Eddie Perez and Isaiah Spencer - were honored. The Wolves lost Game 2, 9-6.

"The seniors graduated on Saturday, and we pushed the game time to 3:15 because of the doubleheader so everyone was scrambling to get to the field, and there was a lot on our plates," Oswego East head coach Bobby Kaminski said. "It was not a normal day, that's for sure...but our seniors, I can't thank them enough for the four years they've put into the program."

"They've all played very different roles from last year to this year and have really bought into what we are trying to accomplish. I'm happy with what they've done for us."

On Tuesday, the Wolves recorded another conference win after defeating Plainfield South, 10-4. Going into Game 2 of the three-game series with the Cougars on Wednesday (results were not available at press time), Oswego East was 14-15 overall and 8-11 in the conference.

Against Plainfield East in Game 1, the Bengals led 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh. That's when Kapusinski hit the game-tying RBI single. He scored the game-winning run when freshman Dylan Jones put the ball in play, which resulted in a Plainfield East error.

Sophomore Vince Schwartz and Dabrowski each finished with two hits. Schwartz also had the other RBI for the Wolves. Hutten earned the win on the mound after he struck out seven and walked one in the complete game.

"We competed all seven innings and had a great effort," Kaminski said.

In Game 2 against Plainfield East, the game was tied at 4 after three innings before the Wolves scored twice in the bottom of the fifth. The Bengals, however, scored once in the top of the fifth and four times in the fourth. Both teams finished with seven hits.

Litkenhus had two hits and Hemmer and junior Zak Deverman each had an RBI for the Wolves.

Against Plainfield South, the Cougars scored all four of their runs in the first three innings before the Wolves tallied nine in the top of the fifth and one in the sixth. Spencer hit a huge bases-clearing double and finished scoring two runs with two hits and three RBIs. Jones had two RBIs, one hit and scored once while Kapusinski had two hits.

"We came out facing Trevor Henderson, their stud pitcher. We didn't hit him early on, but we had great at-bats that elevated his pitch count," Kaminski said. "We battled and competed and did a lot of the little things well."

On May 14, Plainfield East defeated Oswego East, 1-0. The run was scored in the bottom of the second and the Wolves' lone hit of the contest was from Spencer.

Oswego East's final conference game of the season is scheduled for today, Thursday, at Plainfield South at 4:15 p.m. before heading to Plano at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

On Monday, Oswego East begins playoff action in the Class 4A Bolingbrook Regional. The No. 16 seed Wolves will host No. 19 Bolingbrook at 10 a.m. on Monday. The winner of that game will take on No. 1 Plainfield North on May 28 at 4:30 p.m.

On May 30, No. 8 Hinsdale Central will face No. 9 Wheaton Warrenville South at 4:30 p.m. The regional title game will take place on May 31 at 10 a.m. The winner will feed into the Oswego Sectional.

On April 19, Oswego East defeated Bolingbrook, 5-1.

"I feel we were seeded exactly where we deserved to be," Kaminski said. "(Against Bolingbrook), we played one of our best all-around games of the year at the time...but we are not looking past them. We just want to play Oswego East baseball and hopefully we'll be there at the end. I'm 100 percent confident our guys won't be intimidated by the overall draw. We'll be focused and eager to play on Monday."




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