Thursday, June 2, 2011
A look at the sights from Wednesday's state playoff action.
"We’re trying to get these guys to believe that we’re not going to take a back seat to anybody.” — OPRF Coach Chris Ledbetter, on his team's 13-7victory over St. Rita in the Class 4A Sectionals on Wednesday.
Senior Frankie Picchiotti overcomes sprained ankle to hit three-run homer and score three runs in 13-7 sectional victory.
Frankie Picchiotti went from texting his way into Oak Park-River Forest’s lineup to being its star. The senior left fielder suffered a sprained right ankle in regionals that’s made it difficult for him to run, so much so that he texted Huskies coach Chris Ledbetter the night before Wednesdays’ Class 4A Mt. Carmel sectional against top-seeded St. Rita to make sure he was still in the lineup. Ledbetter assured him he would be as long as the leadoff hitter felt he could play. Picchiotti did more than just play. He belted a three-run homer and wound up scoring three runs to lead an offensive outburst for the fourth-seeded Huskies, who knocked off St. Rita 13-7 in the sectional semifinals at Haggerty Field on Chicago’s South Side. Picchiotti’s …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Huskies rout Glenbard West 14-4 for fourth-straight victory.
Things are looking up for the Oak Park-River Forest baseball team. After being swept by Lyons Township in a three-game series, the Huskies now find their winning streak at four after thumping West Suburban Conference Silver Division foe Glenbard West 14-4 in five innings Wednesday in Oak Park. “We knew we could win these games,” said OPRF first baseman Nick Kowalczuk, who went two for three with a double, two RBI and three runs. “We just tried to keep the morale up.” The mental makeup of the Huskies (15-8, 9-6) was tested during the LT series. The April 29 finale saw the Lions hit eight home runs, including an amazing five in a row. “That was rock bottom,” OPRF coach Chris Ledbetter said. “I said to the guys that they have to be willing to…
Friday, April 22, 2011
Huskies strike out nine times in 10-4 loss to unbeaten Leyden.
As the Oak Park-River Forest baseball team seeks to improve its approach at the plate, all the Huskies had to do was look across the field Thursday to see how it’s done. An experienced Leyden club parlayed its discipline into offense throughout its lineup. The undefeated Eagles scored early and often on the way to beating the Huskies 10-4 in a West Suburban Conference crossover game in Oak Park. Leyden (12-0) scored twice in the top of the first inning, once in the second and three times in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. The Eagles finished with 12 hits against three OPRF pitchers. “We’ve been hitting all year,” Leyden coach Gary Wolf said. “We have 14 seniors on the team and start nine of them. They’ve heard over and over again, ‘Hit …