Willowbrook tops HC Baseball in shootout

Willowbrook tops HC Baseball in shootout

Red Devils start hot, lose control in later innings

By: Mike Ellis

HINSDALE—Willowbrook outlasted Hinsdale Central Baseball, 10-8, in a marathon ballgame that lasted almost three hours late this afternoon.

            The Red Devils started hot, but were unable to hold the lead due to exemplary Warrior hitting and a bevy of walks surrendered by Hinsdale pitchers.

            “We walked eight guys in a matter of three and one-third innings,” Hinsdale Central head coach Tom Dorrance said, “and you don’t deserve to win games that way.”

            Sophomore leadoff hitter Chris Botsoe sparked a three-run first inning for Hinsdale by stealing two bases after being struck by a pitch. The score continued unchanged through three innings, as Red Devil starter Christian Bokich overpowered Willowbrook hitters.

            But in the fourth, Bokich lost his control—and Hinsdale relinquished the lead, falling behind 4-3. The Red Devils answered in the bottom of the inning to retake a 6-4 advantage, with RBIs by seniors Joe Herr and Bobby Skogsbergh.

            “I thought we had some very good at-bats,” Dorrance said. “I’m happy with the adjustments we’re making at the plate.”

            After Hinsdale extended the lead to 8-5 in the fifth, relievers Tom Concklin and Nick Senicka struggled with their command in the sixth. Senicka’s two consecutive wild pitches allowed Willowbrook to level the score at 8-8, before the Warriors’ Jake Cady delivered an RBI single that proved to be the game-winning hit.

            Dorrance said despite the tough loss, he believes his team will respond.

            “It got a little cold out here, but I’m sure that we’re going to be fine,” he said. “We’re going to compete in our conference games. I’ve got a lot of confidence in this team.”

            The Red Devils will visit Glenbard West on Saturday for a doubleheader, starting at 10 a.m. Hinsdale’s next home game is next Monday, also against the Hilltoppers, at 4:30 p.m.

Score by Inning

Inning

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

Final

Willowbrook

0

0

0

4

1

4

1

10

Hinsdale Central

3

0

0

3

2

0

0

8

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