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Wheaton North wins 9 of 10 to start 2013

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:52 a.m. CDT
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Sarah Minor - sminor@shawmedia.com Wheaton North's Jeff Harper slides safely into home against Lemont Saturday in Wheaton.

WHEATON — With a new season comes fresh faces and differing storylines.

But one thing that has stayed the same is the winning ways of the Wheaton North baseball team.

Opening up the DuPage Valley Conference portion of their schedule Monday with a 5-3 victory over Naperville North, followed by a 2-1 decision over the Huskies Tuesday, the Falcons won eight of their first nine games to begin the 2013 campaign.

“I’m very happy with what we’ve done so far,” said Wheaton North coach Dan Schoessling. “There is a long way to go but it was nice to get the DVC started with a win.”

Firmly entrenched as the ace of the pitching staff, Lake Bachar struck out 10 in six innings of work to improve to 3-0 on the spring. Jeff Harper led the offense with a two-RBI hit and Tom Colletti added a double.

“We faced a really good team and faced a really good pitcher,” the coach said. “We left some runners on base but a lot of that had to do with facing a good arm.

“And Lake is having a really nice year and not just on the mound but at the plate too. He has had some big hits for us. He has definitely been a key for our success so far.”

On Saturday, Wheaton North knocked off Lemont 12-9 as John Peltz went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and Bachar contributed three hits and four RBIs.

“Lemont is a very good team,” Schoessling said. “We just swung the bats well. That was a really good win for us because they have a lot of talent.”

The Falcons beat York 9-0 in a non-conference affair April 3 as Ryan Kent went 3-for-3 at the plate, and Lake Bachar notched the win on the mound. A day later, Wheaton North beat St. Viator 2-1 behind the pitching of Sam Nafziger.

After completing their three-game series with Naperville North, the Falcons will play Addison Trail on Friday before taking on West Chicago Monday in the first of three games against the Wildcats.

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