LOCKPORT – After opening the season with four wins in the St. Louis Metro East area, where they only allowed four runs, Lockport’s baseball team opened its local schedule on Tuesday against Lemont with its first home game at Ed Flink Field.
While the conditions certainly weren’t condusive for playing at a high level, the Porters jumped out to an early lead over the Indians and were able to maintain control throughout as they captured an 8-2 nonconference win.
Lockport (5-0) scored a run in the first inning, added two more in the second and then made it 4-0 in the third inning to build a solid lead.
After the Indians scored an unearned run in the fourth inning, The Porters came back two more runs in the bottom half of the inning for a 6-1 lead. Lockport outhit Lemont, 13-2, in the win.
“One thing that we’ve been able to do in all five games is to score,” Porters coach Andy Satunas said. “We put a premium on that as an offense, and when you do that, you feel that you can start applying pressure, and that lets you play a little looser on offense. And another reason that we’ve been able to do that is because our pitching has been outstanding. So if you can play good defense and get good pitching, that will take you a long way.
In the first inning, Nolan Weis (two runs) doubled and scored on a single by Ryan Moerman (2 for 2, two runs, two RBIs). An inning later, Josh Bentley scored on a single by Mike Pawyza (2 for 2, two RBI), who came home on a double by Moerman to make it 3-0. In the third inning, the Porters added another run as Pawyza singled in Collin Woulfe (2 for 3).
“Getting out to an early lead makes it easier to play defense and to pitch,” Moerman said. “The depth on this team is a lot more than we had last year, and we have faith in all of our guys. If we keep doing what we’re doing, this could be a really fun year.”
With two outs in the fourth, Porters’ starter Joseph Tor was relieved after allowing one hit in 32/3 innings, and Lemont (0-1) finally scored after that when Blaine Luevano came home on an error. Four Porters combined to throw a two-hitter, while striking out eight.
Lockport answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Nicholas Schindler (three RBIs)drove in Moerman on a sacrifice fly, and Woulfe doubled in Riley Pfeiffer to make it 6-1.
Michael Ciesla had Lemont’s only RBI.
“This was our first time on dirt,” Indians coach Brian Storako said. “We enjoy playing them to start the season, since they’re a quality program. It was Game 1, and it was a learning experience, and we’ll get better since this is the beginning of a process.”