JOLIET – Plainfield South’s baseball team used two big innings to open the game and went on to claim a 15-1 victory in five innings over Stagg in the Lockport Regional of the IHSBCA Summer Tournament.
Eleven Cougars batted in the first inning, seven of them hit successfully and eight scored to provide plenty of support for starter Griffin Lapp. Then the Cougars (9-2) scored six more times in the second inning
Tony Mosher had a two-run single in the first inning and added another two-run single in the second inning. Every Cougars regular had at least one hit, scored one run and drove home a run in the 16-hit attack.
“We had been playing in a wooden bat league for the last two weeks,” Mosher said. “It felt great, for all of us, to hit with our regular bats again. This was a great win and a great way for us to open this tournament.”
Connor Blake had three singles and an RBI, Dylan Miller had two doubles and an RBI and Tylor Phommachanhon added two-run double in the second. James Howe added a two-run single in the six-run Cougars second.
The Cougars meet Lemont at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lockport’s Flink Field. The Indians beat Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way West, 7-6. The regional title game is at 3:30 p.m. against either Joliet Catholic or Plainfield Central.
“We just got back from winning a wooden bat tournament, the last two weeks,” Plainfield South head coach Phil Bodine said. “The kids were all amazed at how easy it was to swing their aluminum bats. Everybody hit so well today. A good win. Griffin (Lapp) will be able to give us a couple of more innings on the mound tomorrow. It would be really great to win two games tomorrow and advance to the state finals next week.”
In other scores in the regional, Plainfield Central beat Andrew, 14-4, to advance as Ryan Daly pitched well to get the win. And Stagg beat Lockport, 7-2, as Collin Woulfe led the Porters with a home run and a double.