North gets rain-soaked baseball win over Tartan, 4-1

Lauzon tosses 3-hitter in 6-inning stint

It was not weather conducive to playing a baseball game Friday, April 24, but the Tartan Titans ventured to Kuenkel Field anyway for a contest with their School District 622 archrivals, the North High Polars.

In between cold, wind-driven raindrops, North senior pitcher Zach Lauzon stymied the Tartan hitters to the tune of a 4-1 Polars triumph. In his six innings on the mound, he issued no walks while striking out eight.

"That was probably the best pitching we've seen this year," said Tartan head coach Curt Russell.  "Our hats are off to Lauzon. Actually, it was a well-pitched game by both sides. We got the one run, but it was a well-played game by both teams."

From the North perspective, veteran coach veteran Ron Adams agreed. "It was a good game. Both pitchers [Lauzon and Tartan's Connor O'Sullivan] threw well. We took advantage of a couple of their errors and then we had some timely hits."

In reference to the weather, Adams said, "It wasn't a very nice day, but it was a good ballgame. We're beginning to get better."

The Titans combined two of their three hits in the second inning. Eric Reddy led off with a slow roller to the left side. Jacob Zwak then belted a shot to left center field for a double that plated Reddy.

In their half of the second the Polars responded when TJ Wagner was safe on an error. He advanced to third on a throwing error on a pickoff play. Nic Keenan then knocked a single to left center field to score Wagner. Keenan stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. He came home with what proved to be the game-winner when Elvin Baez smacked a shot to left.

In the third the Polars picked up two more runs when Jake Steckler banged a single to left.  Jim Bothwell struck out swinging on a wild pitch and made it to first when the ball careened to the backstop. The pair moved up the paths on a passed ball. Dylan Foote grounded out to third and picked up an RBI when Steckler came home.

Wagner then smacked a solid shot to right field that plated Bothwell for the final run of the game.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7820.
 

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