Homewood-Flossmoor pitcher James Sheehan doesn’t mind the wind and cold.
Bremen found that out Wednesday.
Sheehan allowed just one hit over five innings of work as the Vikings blanked Bremen 4-0 in Flossmoor.
Sheehan was in midseason form, challenging Braves hitters with a fastball he consistently spotted down in the zone.
“Pitching in the cold is the best,” Sheehan said. “I throw a lot of fastballs at the hitters hands. Just keep challenging them.”
The only hit Sheehan allowed occurred in the third inning when his pitching counterpart, Bret Kolacki, scratched out an infield single.
Sheehan, a junior, walked two and struck out seven, including the side in the third. He also was 2-for-2 at the plate.
“I wanted to finish the game,” Sheehan said. “But I tweaked something (oblique) and coach (Todd Sippel) felt it was better to take me out.”
Jameson Lamb and Elliot Chura each pitched an inning to preserve the victory.
“Sheehan challenged hitters,” H-F coach Todd Sippel said. “He pitched well and Jameson and Chura did a nice job.”
Sheehan and Kolacki were locked into classic pitcher’s duel for three innings. The Vikings (1-1) finally broke through in the fourth. Jesse Forestell was hit by a pitch and Isaac Cutrara came on to pinch run.
Bryce Gray followed with a double into the left-center field gap, scoring Cutrara for a 1-0 lead.
After a throwing error on Bremen allowed Gray to score for a 2-0 lead, Derrion Thomas roped a two-run double to make it 4-0.
Sippel was happy to see the Vikings swing the bats after being limited to two hits during a 4-0 loss Tuesday to Lincoln-Way West.
“We finally hit the ball,” Sippel said. “Their guy (Kolacki) baffled us for a few innings. Derrion had a big hit and Bryce looked good at the plate.”
The Braves (3-4) left runners in scoring position in the first, third and seventh innings. Sheehan was able to get Sean Grant on a come-backer with a runner on third in the first inning and recorded back-to-back strikeouts with a runner on second in the third.
Grant and Kyle Ramos led off the seventh with singles, but Chura retired the next three hitters to wrap up the win.
“H-F is tough and they played great defense,” Bremen coach Mike Cline said. “Sheehan pitched a heck of a game. I love our kids. We’ll learn from this. We have to be better hitters with two strikes.”