Monday, April 21, 2014

Baseball Continues Solid Play Over Weekend

Baseball 2013: Theo Yfantis
Yfantis hit two homers for Harper over the weekend. The Hawks won three of four games. (Jim Cummins)
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PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper baseball team continued their solid play over the weekend. The Hawks ran their winning streak to 10 games with a win over Elgin Community College on Friday before falling in the second game. Harper (14-7) rebounded with a doubleheader sweep at Olive-Harvey College on Saturday afternoon.

Friday at Elgin
In the first game, Matt Ittersagen (Wheeler, Ind./Wheeler) (2-1) tossed a complete game, surrendering only one run in the Hawks' 5-1 win. Shortstop Theo Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill./Wheeling) provided a spark at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs.

Harper led 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning of game two, but the Spartans exploded for 11 runs in the frame and went on to a 13-8 win. Kurt Becker (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) (2-for-3, three runs) and Tyler Crussen (Wheeler, Ind. /Wheeler) (2-for-3, RBI) were the standout hitters Dave Rzewnicki (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) (1-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound

Saturday at Olive-Harvey
Brent Kiesel (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) (3-1) tossed a complete game shutout and the Hawks won 11-0 in six innings in the opener. Yfantis homered for the second time in three games, and Becker was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.

In game two, the Hawks jumped out to a 15-1 lead after 4 ½ innings and slugged their way to a 16-7 win and sweep of the Panthers. Kevin Conrad (Twin Lakes, Wis./Wilmot)hit his first homer of 2014 and drove in three runs. Angelo Curtis (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Anthony Beale(Chicago, Ill./Walter Lutheran) had a breakout performance, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Catcher Andrew Haney (Milton, Wis. /Milton) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Eric Orozco (Melrose Park, Ill./Immaculate Conception) (1-0) yielded two earned runs over five innings for his first collegiate victory on the mound.

Up Next
The conference games scheduled for Sunday, April  13 against Joliet were postponed due to weather. They were rescheduled for Tuesday, April 15 but postponed again due to the weather. No make-up date has been announced.

Harper plays at Kishwaukee College Wednesday and home against Moraine Valley on Thursday. The Hawks take on N4C foe DuPage on Friday for a doubleheader. 

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