Andrew Godbold sent two balls soaring through the afternoon sky during Game 2 of the OPRF baseball team’s doubleheader against Proviso West on Saturday. The shots, Godbold’s fourth and fifth homers on the season, made for a total of five RBIs for the senior in the Huskies’ 14-0 victory, which came on the heels of an 11-0 OPRF win in the opener.
The wind, blowing moderately southwest across the field in Hillside, had nothing to do with Godbold’s blasts, nor John Frueh’s three-run homer in the first inning of Game 1 or Alec Jefferies’ two-run round-tripper in Game 2.
“Those balls would have been homers without any wind,” said OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter. “Everyone was just really focused at the plate and on the mound for that matter.”
Jack Rogalla (4-3) earned the victory in the opener, tossing a one-hit shutout. Rogalla yielded his one hit on a single with two outs in the fifth inning. He finished with one walk and six strikeouts.
Frueh (2-0), who pitched in Game 2, mirrored Rogalla’s performance. After giving up a hit to the very first batter he faced, Frueh settled in and fanned six, while walking none also in five innings of work.
“Aside from the great hitting, this was probably two of the best pitching performances I’ve seen since becoming a high school head baseball coach,” said Ledbetter, whose team is now 19-8 overall and 9-5 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference. “It was a good lesson for our younger guys to see this. Jack and John made it look easy.
“Their recipe for success has been pretty consistent: Get ahead with first pitch strikes, and things will work out.”
Along with Frueh’s dominant pitching, and his three-run blast to kick things off for the Huskies in Game 1, he also had a solo shot in the nightcap. The senior has a team-leading eight homers on the season, while the team has belted a total of 28.
The wind was a factor in OPRF’s 15-6 conference crossover win against Morton on Thursday. With gusts reaching 45 mph, routine flyballs became extremely difficult to come up with. The Huskies finished with 19 hits on the day. Jefferies finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a homer, while Neal Rothschild scattered three hits for three RBIs.
“I hope we have this hitting in us when we take on Hinsdale Central in the coming week,” said Ledbetter. “Hopefully, we can make a run at the conference title.”
OPRF begins its final conference series against the Red Devils at home on May 15. This week the Huskies host St. Patrick on Friday (4:30 p.m.) and Proviso East on Saturday for a doubleheader (10 a.m.).