- Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2012 10:13
- Written by Bobby Leach "The Rooster"
- Category: Sports News
The baseball season is in full swing and despite foul weather last week, Plainfield North (3-0) got in a Saturday afternoon double header against home team Bolingbrook (1-2) who may have wished the series was washed out after the Tigers swept the Raiders in two games 7-3 and 9-4.
In the first game, Plainfield North jumped out in the first inning with three runs on four hits and a an error on Bolingbrook but the Raiders answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and kept pace until the middle innings when the Tigers got two more runs in the fourth and another in the 5th to establish a comfortable 6-2 lead. North finished the front end of the double header with a 7-3 win. (See the video at the end of article)
In game two of the double header, the Tiger bats continued to push runs across the plate putting the ball in play and earning a relatively easy 9-4 victory which pushed their season record to an undefeated mark 3-0 early.
The Raiders, who enjoyed one of their best seasons in recent memory with 14 wins last year, dropped to 1-2 on the year after winning their season opener against Naperville North.
"We made too many mistakes, mental mistakes during the games today," said Bolingbrook coach Chris Malinoski. "We can't give teams like North extra outs and we gave them some extra outs especially in the early innings and we let them score too many runs we couldn't overcome. When they score we have to score and they shut us down in the middle innings of both games and scratched a few runs across in the later innings be we had already dug ourselves too deep a whole to get out of."
Tiger coach John Darlington has his club off to a fast start and was pleased with his offensive performance in the double header. "I think we played defensively well but we hit the ball better today. It's good to see some of our young guys come out and pitch well, they through strikes today and that was the key. We are moving along but we will see how we do as they year goes on."
Plainfield North is figured to be a contender in the tough SPC conference this season along with Minooka who knocked off area number on Providence Catholic 7-0 later in the day.
"You can't take anyone in our conference for granted, if you take a play off it could be the difference at the end of the year" coach Darlington.
Photo above: "The Plainfield North bats came alive Saturday morning in Bolingbrook scoring a combined sixteen runs in a sweep of their doubleheader to push their record to 3-0 on the year."