OPRF          2 2
Glenbard W. 1 6

The OPRF baseball team kicked off West Suburban (Silver) Conference play by splitting a doubleheader against Glenbard West on Saturday.

The Huskies (3-3, 1-1) edged the Hilltoppers 2-1 in the opener thanks, in part, to a great catch on an extremely windy day by left fielder Armand Gordon in the final inning. With two outs and the base loaded, Gordon flagged down a trailing line drive to preserve the win.

“That catch really saved us,” said OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter. “We hadn’t been playing very well and I certainly didn’t want them tying the game up.”

Luke McLeese earned the win for the Huskies, allowing one run on four hits and one walk. He struck out six.

In the top of the seventh inning, Ryan Mullen broke a 1-1 tie with a single to left field. Mullen scored Jo Jo Maldonado, who had reached base with a double off the centerfield wall.

Things didn’t go so well for OPRF in the nightcap as the Huskies fell 6-2. Evan Vondrasek yielded six runs in five innings, while fanning six. Maldonado and John Frueh each finished with an RBI apiece.

“We just could not get anything going in Game 2,” said Ledbetter of his Huskies, who had the bases loaded in the fourth but hit into a double play to end the inning. “We need to snap out of this mild slump we’re in.”

On Thursday, the Huskies fell to Glenbard East 6-5 in what Ledbetter called one of the worst games of any of his teams. OPRF’s pitchers allowed 12 walks on a day when the wind was blowing in.

“It can be very frustrating to see that happen,” he said. “Granted, we were preserving some of our pitchers for the conference game, but you can’t give up that many walks on a day like that.”

OPRF will try and regroup when they host Willowbrook on Thursday (4:30 p.m.). The Huskies travel up the road to Hillside to take on Proviso West on Saturday (10 a.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...