Huskies sweep Downers North in doubleheader, push record to 5-0

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By BRAD SPENCER

The OPRF baseball team upped its perfect West Suburban (Silver) Conference record to 5-0 by sweeping Downers Grove North in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Tim Dennehy led the Huskies to a 4-1 win in Game 1 by allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings. The Texas-bound lefthander fanned 12 batters and gave up two walks.

The Huskies (8-2 overall) crushed Downers North 10-3 in the second game. Bobby Fratto had a big day at the plate for OPRF, blasting a 2-run homer in the first inning of Game 1 and knocking in three RBIs with a single and double in Game 2.

In the sixth inning of Game 1, OPRF's Andrew Hagins drove in Brandon Lathon with a two-out single. Mike Cunningham drove in an insurance run in the seventh for the Huskies, who prevailed despite three errors in the field.

In the nightcap, Ian Berger went the distance for OPRF, allowing three runs on seven hits and five walks. Berger racked up five strikeouts.

Down 1-0 in the third, the Huskies rattled off six runs to pull away. With the bases loaded, Cunningham hit a single to knock in OPRF's first run. Matt McFolling was hit by a pitch which subsequently scored a run. Fratto drove in two runs with a single and Dave Studer blasted a 2-run triple.

"We haven't played a bad game yet," said OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter. "We're in every game and guys are coming through for us off the bench."

The Huskies' pitching staff, led by Dennehy and Berger, has held opponents to a batting average of .130 in 10 games.

OPRF finished up its three-game series with Downers Grove North on Tuesday (after deadline) before taking on Willowbrook on Thursday and Proviso West on Saturday.

Friars hit well, field poorly

A succession of defensive miscues led Fenwick to an 8-6 loss against Maine South on Friday.

Tied 1-1 after the first inning, the Friars (6-2) gave up six runs on a measly two hits.

"Everything that could go wrong did go wrong," said Fenwick head coach Dave Hogan, referring to two dropped third strikes, a balk, a dropped pop up, and an overthrow at first base.

What the Friars lacked on defense, they made up for on offense. Fenwick out-hit Maine South 12-4. Nick Marino, Jim Murphy and Tom Brady all went 2-for-4 in the game.

Fenwick scattered 18 hits in a 16-5, 5-inning pasting of St. Viator on Thursday. Murphy finished 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs, while Joe Carlini drove in four runs and Mike Brown three.

Fenwick kicks off league play today at the Priory (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.) against St. Rita, who is currently ranked in the top 10, Mt. Carmel on Saturday (11 a.m.), followed by Bishop McNamara on Monday (4:30 p.m.).

"We're being thrown into the frying pan this week with St. Rita and Mt. Carmel, but I think we can compete with them," said Hogan. "We'll find out."

CONTACT: bspencer@wjinc.com

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