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Oswego baseball team starts 2-2-1 in summer play

by Christine Bolin Dascher


After the first week of summer, the Oswego baseball team capped the week at 2-2-1 overall.

"We've had good participation and good pitching so far," Oswego assistant coach Joe Giarrante said. "We could have been 3-1-1, but we had one bad inning against Waubonsie (Valley on June 17), but then you look at the box score against Minooka (from last Thursday), and we had our pitchers strike out nine and we didn't make any errors. That's the type of performance we are looking for. We are still a work in progress, but our seniors should be able to carry us next year."

In the first game of the season, Plainfield South and the Panthers tied 0-0 in Game 1 of the doubleheader on June 16 after Cameron Paladines threw a no-hitter with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings of work.

Oswego managed three hits from Konor Gengler, Carter Turnquist and Gavin Rathbun.

In Game 2, the Panthers won, 5-2. They scored four times in the bottom of the first and again in the fourth. Plainfield South scored its two runs in the top of the fourth.

Jacob Nalley had two of the Panthers' five hits as well as two of the team's four RBIs. Diego Barocio earned the win on the mound in 3 2/3 innings after he gave up one hit, four walks and six strikeouts.

On June 17, Oswego lost both games in the doubleheader at Waubonsie Valley - 6-5 in Game 1 and 6-0 in Game 2.

In Game 1, Gengler had all four RBIs and two hits for the Panthers, who led 5-1 going into the bottom of the third before the Warriors scored five times in the bottom of the fourth.

In Game 2, Waubonsie Valley scored four times in the bottom of the first and twice in the fourth using seven hits. Oswego finished with three hits from Mitchell Gwodz, Matt Rakosnik and Jacob Nalley.

After the Plainfield North doubleheader was rained out on June 18, the Panthers topped Minooka, 3-1, at home last Thursday.

Oswego scored all three runs in the bottom of the first after Minooka scored its run in the top of the inning.

Rakosnik had two hits and two RBIs and Mike Dato had a hit and an RBI. On the mound, Marty Maves earned the win, and he and Nally, the reliever, combined for nine strikeouts.

The Panthers were scheduled for a doubleheader at home against Plainfield Central on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time. They are at Benet today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. before hosting Morris in a doubleheader on Monday at 1 p.m.

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