Minooka forces SPC championship game Thursday, beats Cougars

-Compiled by Drake Skleba

In a must-win situation Minooka (21-9, 13-4), outslugged Plainfield South 12-9, to force a winner-take-all battle for the Southwest Prairie Conference championship, Thursday at Plainfield South (22-8-1, 13-4). Hayden Lacyzynski led the Indian attack with five RBI. Logan O’Brien added four ribbies for Minooka. Trey Stewart had three hits and four RBI to lead the Cougars.

Leyden 12, Downers Grove South 7 ( 8 innings)
Leyden (20-5-2 14-3) got off the bus, killing the baseball, and scored five runs in the top of the eighth, of their suspended game with the Mustangs. With the win, the Eagles knocked the Mustangs (23-9, 13-4) out of first place and into a tie with Willowbrook (23-9, 13-4), who they play at Willowbrook, on Thursday. Leyden will take on winless Proviso East (0-23, 0-17) in Northlake on Thursday. With a win the Eagles will grab claim the West Suburban Gold championship.

LW East 5, Lockport 2
Lincoln-Way East (14-15, 7-3) broke the hearts of Porter Nation at Ed Flink. Lockport (17-15-1, 6-4) scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Ryne Travis and Brett McDowell doubled home the second run of the inning, and the Porters would not score again. Four Porter errors led to their demise and elimination in the Southwest Suburban Conference championship race.

Westmont 15, Guerin Prep 0  ( 5 Innings)
The Sentinels (19-16) won their CLASS 2A Westmont Regional semifinal contest in five innings. No details were sent by Westmont.

Plainfield North 9, Joliet West 8
The Tigers and Tigers, both assaulted the baseball in a Southwest Prairie battle at North. Plainfield North (24-8, 12-5) was led by junior Brady Millerm who drove home four Tiger runs. Alex Steinbach and Gavin Doyle each, chipped in with a pair of RBI for the Tigers. Eastin May led West (6-23-2, 3-14) with four hits,while Brett Johnson chipped in with three hits.

Plainfield East 12, Oswego East 2 (6 innings)
The Bengals (19-15, 7-10)  unloaded on fading Oswego East (25-8, 9-8) in six innings, in the Southwest Prairie. JJ Zywiciel, Frank Bryan and Jake Knoebel, led the 12-hit Bengal attack with two hits and two RBI a piece.

Romeoville 9, Joliet Central 7
Romeoville (8-22, 3-14) outslugged the Steelmen (11-17-3, 4-13), in a Southwest Prairie shootout, at Romeoville. Fernando Perez had two his and two RBI, to lead the Spartan attack. Jeff Zach added two RBI for “The Ville” while Josh Golibrzuch chipped in with two hits. No details were sent for the Steelmen.

Oswego 18, Plainfield Central 5
The Wildcats (23-9, 11-6) were mauled by Oswego in the Southwest Prairie on Wednesday.

New Trier 9, Maine South 8
The Hawks (4-25, 2-14) gave the Central Suburban League South champions, from New Trier (23-4, 15-1), fits at Duke Childs Field in Winnetka. Jaiden Ortiz and Ryan Walsh, led the Hawks attack with two hits and two RBI each.

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