Spring Break didn’t bring much rest and relaxation to the OPRF baseball team, but the Huskies probably wouldn’t trade in their week of respite for a roadtrip to South Padre Island anytime soon. The team played a grueling schedule of nine games in seven days, and the hard work translated to six straight victories.

In their West Suburban (Silver) Conference opener on Saturday, the Huskies (7-2, 2-0) scored 14 runs in two games, while their opponent, York, scored just one. OPRF won Game 1 of a doubleheader 10-0 behind the pitching of Neil Mejia, who allowed no runs or walks and only a mere single in six innings on the mound.

JoJo Maldanado racked up four RBIs in the lopsided win, three of which came in the sixth from a bases clearing triple.

In the nightcap, Maldanado kicked off the scoring in the sixth inning that led to OPRF’s 4-1 victory. The Guerin transfer doubled in a run before Drew Golz singled in another. Golz eventually scored on a throwing error.

In the seventh, Gil Claudio, who had kicked off the sixth with a one-out double, drove in OPRF’s final run with a single to left.

“It was a very successful Spring Break for us,” said OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter. “I was extremely impressed with our pitching and our hitting. We were very aggressive on defense and offense. It was good to see that we had worked out some of the early season quirks.”

It was Claudio’s two-run double in the 10th inning that led to an inauspicious 9-7 victory over Glenbard East earlier in the week. The Huskies had let slip a seven-run lead before Claudio’s heroics.

The Huskies also defeated Barrinton 8-2, and swept a doubleheader against Glenbrook South (Game 1: 9-6, Game 2: 7-4). Kelty belted a two-run homer in Game 1, while Sam Picchiotti finished with a triple and two doubles. In Game 2, Graham Killian racked up two RBIs.

After hosting Leyden on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), the Huskies welcome second-ranked Lyons Township to OPRF for a doubleheader on Saturday (11 a.m.).

Ledbetter said his team won’t be mentally jumping ahead to the LT showdown.

“We’re taking one game at a time,” he said. “We’ll focus on defeating [the Lions] come Saturday.”

The Huskies finish the three-game series at Lyons on Tuesday (4:30 p.m.).

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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...