OPRF baseball unloads on Leyden

Team racks up 23 runs on 22 hits in two games

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After falling to Downers Grove South earlier in the week, the OPRF  baseball team took all its frustration out on another West Suburban Conference foe by serving up 23 runs in two games. The victim was Leyden, who the Huskies pummeled 14-1 and 9-0 in doubleheader action on Saturday.

In the opener, Keith Rogalla finished with three RBIs on three hits, including a homer in the first inning to put the Huskies (5-2) up 4-0. Leyden never came close. Sam Cottingham-Beard allowed just one earned run on two hits, while walking three and striking out five in four innings of work.    

The Huskies dominated Game 2 as well, scoring four runs in the third. A triple by Jon Ernest plated two runs, while an RBI single by Ryan Nelson and a sacrifice fly by Ian Luttrell did more damage. OPRF scattered 10 hits in the nightcap. 

The Huskies were coming off a disappointing 8-3 loss to Downers South. The team took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning when the Mustangs exploded for seven runs off six hits, a couple of walks and an error. The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth when OPRF's Alex Rice hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Wiley Lauerman, and Patrick Rumoro singled to centerfield to plate Henry Pine. 

Henry Cappel tossed six strong innings for the Huskies, yielding no earned runs and just three hits, while fanning a whopping 11 batters.

The Huskies kicked off last week by closing out its series against Silver Division foe Glenbard West with an 8-4 victory for a three-game sweep of the Hilltoppers. In the second inning of that game, Cottingham-Beard, Rogalla and Charlie Fencik scattered three consecutive singles before Patrick Clifford cleared the bases with a line drive triple to center. Andrew Nelson drove in OPRF's fourth run of the inning by belting a double.

Rice and Ian Luttrel combined to yield three earned runs off a total of nine hits. Neither pitcher walked a batter.

 The Huskies travel to Hinsdale Central on Saturday to play two of a three-game conference series with the Red Devils. The opener of the doubleheader begins at 2:30 p.m. with the nightcap kicking off at 4:30 p.m.

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