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Lisle baseball returns to action with emotional win

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:45 a.m. CDT
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Sarah Minor - sminor@shawmedia.com Lisle pitcher Alex Ventrella pitches the ball during their game against Herscher on Friday, April 5.

LISLE — Playing for the first time since April 16 and for the first time since last week's flooding wreaked havoc on their home town, Lisle High School's baseball team went to Sandwich and won 5-3 in 10 innings Monday afternoon.

The game was scoreless through nine innings.

Starting pitcher Alex Ventrella did not factor into the decision, but he kept the Lions (7-4-1 overall, 4-1-1 in the Interstate Eight Conference) in the game, striking out 10 in seven innings. Jeremy Glavanovits worked two innings of scoreless relief for the win and Adam Grego earned the save by pitching in the 10th.

With two outs and nobody on base in the top of the 10th, Ryan Van Volkenburg singled to start a rally, and Lisle struck for five runs with a combination of hits, errors, wild pitches and walks. It added up to a five-run frame.

The first two Sandwich batters in the bottom of the 10th walked and Lisle lifted Glavanovits for Grego. With the tying runs in scoring position, Grego struck out the final batter to seal the win.

Because of the flooding that swamped Lisle Community Park, where the Lions' home field is, they will travel to Sandwich to complete the series at 4:30 p.m. today.

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