OPRF        12 15
Proviso W. 0   1

The OPRF baseball team dropped 27 runs on Proviso West to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday. The Huskies won the opener 12-0 and didn’t let up, taking Game 2 by a score of 15-1 to up their West Suburban (Silver) Conference record to 4-1 on the season. OPRF is currently in first place in the conference.

Freshman Jack Picchiotti led the onslaught in the opener, finishing with four RBIs. Andrew Godbold, a basketball standout player for OPRF, belted a two-run homer. OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter said he’s impressed with how easily Godbold has made the transition to baseball.

“If you asked me earlier in the season about what I thought about Andrew’s batting skills, I was a bit skeptical, but he has worked really hard in practice,” said Ledbetter, whose team is 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference. “Good things happen when he’s in the lineup.”

Evan Vondrasek earned the victory, yielding just three hits while striking out seven.

OPRF took in another round of batting practice in the nightcap. Jo Jo Maldonado went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Armand Gordon hit a single and a double to finish with three RBIs.

Emmett Boblick pitched six innings for the Huskies, allowing five hits.

The doubleheader sweep on Saturday was in sharp contrast to OPRF’s performance against Willowbrook on Thursday. Up 4-1 in the fifth inning, the Huskies allowed 12 runs on just three hits to eventually fall 16-11. It marked the second time this season OPRF has given up more than 10 runs in a single game.

“I keep telling the guys that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Ledbetter, whose pitching staff has been plagued by injuries ever since the start of the season. “Help is on the way.”

Ledbetter added that he expects pitchers John Frueh, Rogalla and Josh Leitson to return to the mound permanently in two weeks.

The Huskies host Hinsdale South in a doubleheader on Saturday. Game time is 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...