Visiting Mundelein (15-0, 2-0 NSC Lake) rallied for a 4-3 division win over Warren in nine innings Thursday, keeping its unbeaten season alive. The Mustangs also downed the Blue Devils 1-0 the day before, giving them a sweep in the regular season series between the clubs.
The top of the sixth inning. Warren (9-4-1, 3-2) scored a run in the bottom of the first on a double steal, then two more the following inning thanks to a two-RBI single by second baseman Brian Lavery to take a 3-0 lead.
Mundelein got all three runs back in the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI single, followed by a game-tying two-out, two-RBI single by Mustangs senior starting pitcher Mike Metz. The Mustangs then scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the dirt with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Both pitching staffs. Metz (102 pitches) allowed three runs over seven innings, walked one, hit three Warren batters and struck out 11. Carter Naughton tossed two innings of scoreless relief for the victory, as the Mustangs yielded just two hits beyond the second inning. Blue Devils senior starter Wes Gordon allowed three runs (none earned), scattered six hits and hit a batter for a no-decision.
BY THE NUMBERS
Though there were 77 combined plate appearances by the two teams Thursday, there were only two extra base hits, both doubles. The first came off the bat of Warren's No. 9 hitter, Chris Mathieu, in the second inning. Blue Devils catcher Scott Sullivan also doubled with one out in the sixth. Logan Reckert (2-for-4) and Derek Parola (2-for-5) reached base multiple times for the Mustangs.
"This is a big win for us. We were down, dead in the water really for six innings, then we were able to scrap three [runs]. We had a couple of big hits, which is the same way Warren got their runs early — with key hits. — Mundelein manager Todd Parola
"All season long, our guys have kept battling, even though we've had some injuries. I'm proud of the way they fought out there today even though it didn't go our way." — Warren manager Clint Smothers
Mundelein 000 003 001 --- 4 10 2
Warren 120 000 000 --- 3 5 2
WP- Naughton (2-0). LP- Gordon.