OPRF baseball outhits Hinsdale Central

Rogalla breaks 7-7 tie with triple in sixth


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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Getting to play a string of games hasn't been easy for the OPRF baseball team. Last week, the uncooperative weather allowed for just one game in five days for the Huskies, who earned a 13-9 win over West Suburban (Silver) rival Hinsdale Central.

Keith Rogalla's line drive triple to right field in the sixth inning broke a 7-7 tie and put the Huskies up two. Jon Ernest followed up the hit with an RBI single to centerfield. He ended up giving the Huskies an 11-7 advantage on a double steal, crossing home plate with Henry Pine up to bat.

OPRF jumped off to a two-run lead in the first when Nick Kowalczuk and Alex Rice both reached on singles. Kowalczuk scored on an error, while Rice found home plate on a wild pitch.

The Huskies held a 7-2 advantage until the fifth inning when the Red Devils scored five runs. OPRF's Ian Luttrell ended up with the win, yielding two earned runs on one hit in one inning on the mound. Henry Cappell started the game, allowing five runs — three earned — while walking five and striking out four.

OPRF added two insurance runs in the seventh. Patrick Clifford scored on a fielder's choice and Rice doubled in Ryan Nelson with a line drive to right field.

On Monday, the two teams played to a 3-3 tie before the game was called in the sixth inning due to rain. 

If weather permits, the Huskies (6-3) are scheduled to host Hinsdale South on April 18 (4:30 p.m.) and York on April 20 (doubleheader, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.).

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