The OPRF baseball team took some of its late-season frustration out on Proviso West on Saturday.

The Huskies (18-10, 7-6), who have had their share of ups and downs this season in the form of losing streaks, were so intimidating in their 11-1 Game 1 victory, the Panthers forfeited the nightcap of the scheduled doubleheader.

Actually, Proviso West, due to disciplinary reasons, was short on players and was unable to field a team for Game 2. But OPRF’s pitching combo of Sam Brashler and Seth Hudelson in the opener may have left the Panthers weak in the knees. Ricky Foytik started on the mound for the Huskies, but left after the first inning due to a sore arm. Brashler pitched two innings and earned his first win on the season. Hudelson closed the last two innings, allowing no hits and striking out four.

OPRF was scheduled to close out the series against Proviso West last night (Tuesday, after deadline), before traveling to Hinsdale Central for a doubleheader on Saturday.

Things have been looking up for the Huskies, who will host a regional come playoff time. The team was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Fenwick Sectional and clobbered a strong Andrew squad 6-1 in non-conference action Friday night.

“I’m very pleased with where we are at right now,” said OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter. “We need to get some guys back at full strength, but we’re in good shape nearing the end of the regular season. Our pitchers have really come around in the last few weeks.”

Ledbetter added that although the upcoming series against Hinsdale Central won’t hinge on whether OPRF repeats as West Suburban (Silver) Conference champs?#34;Lyons Township looks to be the favorite?#34;he’s glad his Huskies will take on a good team before the postseason kicks off.

“It’s really just what we need,” said Ledbetter. “I would much rather be playing a good club than taking on someone who has struggled this season. It’s good preparation.”

Against Andrew, Neil Mejia earned the win for the Huskies. Mejia gave up just one run on six hits. He fanned four and walked one in seven innings.

Andrew never made much of a threat until the seventh inning when they had two men in scoring position. Mejia struck out two and forced a pop-up to secure the win.

Nick VomBrack led the Huskies’ offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.

OPRF played without starters Dave Studer and Bobby Fratto. Studer missed Friday’s game due to testing, and Fratto missed both games due to health reasons. Ledbetter said Fratto is expected to return this week.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...