OPRF      5
Evanston 2

The OPRF baseball team braved frigid temperatures on Saturday to edge Evanston 5-2 in eight innings in Oak Park.

Coming off an 8-2 loss to Barrington to open the season, the Huskies regrouped and defeated the Wildkits with timely hitting. Armand Gordon’s two-run homer in the eighth sealed the victory for the Huskies (1-1). Prior to Gordon’s blast, Luke McLeese doubled to drive in Andrew Godbold and give OPRF a 3-2 lead.

While Evan Vondrasek went 4 2/3 innings on the mound for the Huskies, it was Neemah BasiriRad who got the win. BasiriRad allowed no runs and one walk in two innings. Liam Pegg earned the save by striking out two of the four batters he faced.

“The conditions were not ideal for baseball, but the guys hung in there and got the job done,” said OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter. “I’m especially proud of the reserves that came in and made some big plays for us defensively.”

Two of Ledbetter’s players came out of the lineup due to injuries. In the fifth inning, a grounder to second baseman Sam Picchiotti took a bad hop and smacked the senior directly in the face. He played out the inning but was pulled when one eye swelled shut. John Frueh, whose single in the top of the sixth led to Godbold’s RBI triple to tie the score at 2-2, was injured on a slide when an Evanston runner’s helmet hit him in the face. Ledbetter said both players were checked out by trainers and are expected back in action this week.

A grand slam in the fifth inning led to OPRF’s loss to Barrington in the season opener on March 25. Freshman Jack Picchiotti made his debut on varsity with a solo homer in his first at bat and Frueh also added a solo shot to give the Huskies a 2-1 advantage going into the fifth inning.

Weather permitting, the Huskies will host a doubleheader against Glenbrook South today (Wednesday, April 1) at 11 a.m., followed by a home game against Glenbard East on Thursday (11 a.m.). They begin the West Suburban (Silver) Conference on Saturday by welcoming Glenbard West to Oak Park (2 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...