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Summer evaluations net positive results
Oswego East opens June slate with 9-3 record

by Christine Bolin Dascher


The Oswego East baseball team has managed to get 12 games in this summer so far and have gone 9-3 in the first two and a half weeks of play.

"We're pleased with the start we've had this summer, but more than anything, it's been a great opportunity to evaluate the group that will try out next spring," Oswego East head coach Bobby Kaminski said. "Several players have stepped up, are playing hard and competing for spots. I'm excited about the group we have this summer. A few of the returners have started taking on leadership roles, have welcomed the younger guys and are meshing well. They all pull for each other, which is fun to watch."

In the first day of the summer season, the Wolves defeated Aurora Christian in both games of the doubleheader - 9-0 in Game 1 and 6-1 in Game 2.

In the first game, the Wolves scored twice in the bottom of the first and third innings and five times in the second. They posted 11 hits with Sam Cummings and Matt Rohde leading the way with three apiece. Vince Schwartz had three of Oswego East's seven RBIs.

In the second game, the Wolves scored five runs in the bottom of the first and needed just two hits from Tyler Allison and Connor Keller to win the game. Allison and Keller also produced two RBIs apiece. Jake Leonard earned the win on the mound.

In the doubleheader against Yorkville, Oswego East won Game 1, 3-1, while the Foxes took Game 2, 6-1.

In the doubleheader against Naperville Central, the Redhawks won both contests, 11-2 in Game 1 and 7-2 in Game 2, on June 16.

In the first game, the Wolves scored both runs in the first and finished with six hits. Cummings hit a home run that produced Oswego East's two RBIs.

In the second game, the Wolves' runs were scored in the first and third innings. Both teams ended up with eight hits. Allison hit an RBI single that tied the game at two after three innings, but the Redhawks tallied once in the top of the fourth and four more times in the fifth. Allison ended up with two hits and two RBIs.

Oswego East swept Morris in the doubleheader - 6-1 in Game 1 and 4-2 in Game 2 on June 17.

The Wolves led 3-1 after three innings in Game 1 before going on to score once in the top of the fourth and twice in the fifth. JT Schurr and Mike Zalud each had two hits and Tyler Linna earned the win on the mound after giving up four hits, no walks and two strikeouts in five innings of work.

In the second game, Oswego East managed all four runs in the top of the fourth. Morris fell short of the comeback with both runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Chandler Stitch had two RBIs and a hit, Schurr had two hits and an RBI, Cameron Keller posted a pair of hits and Jake Leonard had a hit and an RBI for the Wolves. Stitch also earned the win on the mound after he gave up three hits and nine strikeouts in four innings of work.

The Wolves won another doubleheader last Thursday - this time, it was against East Aurora. They won Game 1, 1-0, and Game 2, 4-0.

In the first outing, four Oswego East pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter. Schurr, Garrett Goetz, Shivam Patel and Stout posted seven strikeouts and walked four in completing the no-no.

Patel shut down East Aurora while he was on the mound and held the Tomcats hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Schurr pitched one shutout inning, struck out two, walked one and gave up no hits.

The Wolves' lone hit came from Rohde and lone RBI was from Devin Geoffroy.

Against Plano on Monday, the Wolves swept the doubleheader at home after winning Game 1, 9-2, and Game 2, 12-0.

In the first game, Oswego East scored five times in the second and four more runs in the third. The Wolves ended up with 11 hits.

Schurr had three hits and three RBIs, Linna posted two hits and two RBIs while Allison had two RBIs and a hit. Zak Deverman was the winning pitcher after he gave up three hits and six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

In the second outing, the Wolves scored at least two runs in every inning, including four in the fourth. An RBI double by Garrett Goetz, an RBI single by Jack Borvan and an RBI single by Julian Spencer highlighted the first inning.

An RBI single by Shivam Patel, Grant Argyilan and Spencer in the second inning helped Wolves lead 6-0 after two innings.

Goetz finished with four RBIs and two hits and Borvan ended up with three RBIs and two hits for the Wolves. Sam Cummings was the winning pitcher after he gave up one hit and seven strikeouts in the first three innings. Devin Geoffroy finished the final two innings with one hit and four strikeouts.

Oswego East was scheduled to be at Plainfield North on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time. The Wolves are at West Aurora today, Thursday, at 3 p.m. and at Yorkville on Monday at 4 p.m.

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