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Offensive explosions propel OPRF past Kennedy in regional semifinal

05/29/2014, 8:15pm CDT
By Gary Larsen | For Sun-Times Media | @GaryLarsen3

OPRF first baseman Keith Rogalla hits a pitch to the opposite field against Kennedy. | Gary Larsen/For Sun-Times Media

Oak Park-River Forest 10, Kennedy 0

THE SKINNY

Fifth-seeded Oak Park-River Forest used two big innings to win 10-0 over No. 12 Kennedy in a Class 4A regional semifinal game at Lyons. The Huskies scored five runs in the second inning and four in the fourth to advance to the regional title game Saturday against No. 4 Lyons.

TURNING POINT

After scoreless first inning, a leadoff double by Ryan Fish got the ball rolling for OPRF (21-15) in the second inning, whichincluded an RBI single from Keith Rogalla and a two-run double from Andrew Hennings.

THE STAR

Starting pitcher Alex Rice struck out four and held Kennedy to a single hit through four innings of work. OPRF batters supported him by capitalizing on Crusaders’ errors, stealing five bases and hitting the ball hard up the middle and in the gaps throughout.

BY THE NUMBERS

Hennings had two of the Huskies’ seven hits plus two RBI as he, Fish, and Ian Luttrell all doubled in the win.

QUOTABLE

“I liked our kids’ approaches. We were hitting the ball up the middle of the field and that’s when we play well. It was important to come out and play well today and now we have to get through LT to win the regional. We look forward to the matchup.” – OPRF coach Chris Ledbetter

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