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Fantastic finish! Rams win on a walkoff homer

Senior Scott Borosak delivered a walkoff home run to lift the Glenbard East baseball team to Saturday’s 3-2 DuPage Valley Conference victory over West Aurora in Lombard. Borosak stepped to the plate to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning in a game tied at 2-2. He drilled a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to end the game.
Saturday’s victory gave the Rams an overall record of 9-6-1 and a conference mark of 2-1. Glenbard East took two of three games from West Aurora in the opening series of the DVC season. The Rams dropped to 9-7-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference following Monday’s 8-1 loss at Naperville Central.
Glenbard East senior lefthander Jimmy Macdonald  earned the victory with a complete-game performance. Macdonald, who has won three straight decisions since losing his season debut, threw 105 pitches in his seven innings on the mound against West Aurora. Macdonald recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed six hits. He did not allow any walks.
The Rams took a 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Glenbard East bashed four hits in the inning—John Allen and Tommy Mogavero supplied doubles, while Justin Griffin and Joey Moore supplied singles.
West Aurora tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, when the Rams made both of their errors. Another Blackhawk reached base during that inning when he struck out swinging but advanced to first base when the ball got away from Glenbard East’s catcher.
“Our defense has been pretty solid for us this year,” said Glenbard East coach Joel Pelland. “We made a few errors in the sixth inning and allowed  them to tie the game up. When you see that happening around you, you can really start to get down and allow your emotions to take over. Jimmy got us out of the inning. He threw a great game for us.”
“It was a little bit frustrating,” said Macdonald of the Rams’ defensive struggles in the sixth inning. “I just tried to stay mentally tough and locate my pitches.”
Third baseman Joe Ritchie made a solid defensive play to end the sixth inning by backhanding a sharply hit grounder and stepping on third base for a forceout.
Instead of thinking about ending the game abruptly with a walkoff homer, Borosak stepped to the plate with the prudent goal of simply reaching base.
He quickly fell into an 0-2 hole after the first two pitches of the count, but put up a battle by fouling off three pitches. He then unloaded on a fastball, connecting for his first home run of the season. He wasn’t sure the ball cleared the fence until he rounded first base and saw his teammates heading for home plate, where they would surround him after he completed his trip around the bases.
“I got down in the count; I just had to fight it off,” said Borosak shortly after his winning hit. “He [the West Aurora pitcher] threw me a pitch that was right there. I couldn’t pass it up.”
The Rams opened their series against West Aurora with a 2-0 road victory on April 16. Anthony Esterly pitched a complete-game shutout for Glenbard East to earn a victory and improve his season record to 3-1. Esterly gave up three hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out six batters. The Rams scored both of their runs in the top of the third inning, when Ryan Schefske, Allen and Griffin each provided a single. Griffin’s two-out, two-run single drove in the only runs of the game.
West Aurora turned the tables on the Rams one day later, scoring a 3-0 shutout over Glenbard East in Thursday’s game in Aurora.

Willowbrook

The Warriors, who opened the West Suburban Gold Conference season by sweeping three games apiece from Proviso East and Addison Trail, fell to 6-3 in conference play (and 9-5 overall) after three straight losses to Downers Grove South. The Mustangs swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Willowbrook in Downers Grove, winning the opener 11-1 and taking the second game 8-1. The Mustangs completed the series sweep with Monday’s 9-7 victory in Villa Park. Willowbrook trailed the Mustangs 7-1 before scoring three runs in the fifth inning. The Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but Willowbrook responded with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Mike Rothmund cracked three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Warriors, who connected for 12 hits in Monday’s loss. Tyler Zunkel, Brian Johnson and and Tucker Newling provided two hits apiece.

 
   
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