Give a quality team enough chances to beat you and chances are they’ll take you up on that offer.
That’s the lesson Naperville North learned the hard way Tuesday afternoon.
Behind putting its first two men to start each of the final four innings, Wheaton North busted out its bats to the tune of scoring 11 unanswered runs to post a 12-3 win over the Huskies in Naperville.
Breaking open a close game late by combining to push eight runs across home plate over the game’s final two innings, Wheaton North (6-8, 2-3 DuPage Valley) put an eight-run home loss to the Huskies the day before quickly in the rear-view mirror.
Greg Scandora’s three-run double to left-center with two outs in the sixth finally gave the Falcons the momentum they needed.
“Being two outs, bases loaded—that’s what a batter looks for and I was looking to hit (something) hard and it fell in the gap,” said Scandora, who had four RBI on the afternoon, of his double off Huskies’ reliever Ryan Fitch.
Naperville North (7-5, 3-2 DuPage Valley) jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead on the Falcons, thanks to a two-run third after Alex Garon and Mark Khoury came through with a sacrifice fly and a RBI double, respectively, in consecutive at-bats.
From there, Falcons’ right-hander Charles Robin settled in for the long haul.
Going six innings to pick up the win, Robin struck out five while scattering nine hits. While counterpart on the mound, Kurt Krejci, did an admirable job pitching out of trouble for the most part, Robin was up to the task, as well.
“(Wheaton North coach Dan Schoessling) really teaches us to stay confident throughout the whole game—no matter what happens, no matter the score,” Robin said. “Do what we can control and throw pitches, execute pitches. Offensively, our team just picked us up. We really hit the bats (Tuesday) and (it was a) really good team win.”
With Krejci, who went five-plus innings, doing his best to limit the trouble he found himself in, including starting a 1-2-3 double play to get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth unscathed, the Huskies just couldn’t get the big hit they needed.
Danny Riley and Khoury each had two hits for Naperville North, which still has the opportunity to win Wednesday and take its first two series in the conference while finishing up with both Glenbard North and Wheaton North.
In the big picture, that’s all that matters to Naperville North coach Carl Hunckler.
“That’s the plan. That’s the plan,” he said. “That’s all we look forward to. That’s all we’re talking about is winning the series. That’s the positive thing that we got going for us.”