Glenbrook North and Lake Forest Battle To A Tie

Phil Kerber
Assoc. Scout/JUCO Wire Editor

NORTHBROOK, IL - Lake Forest clawed its way back from an early six-run deficit to secure a 7-7 tie against the Glenbrook North Spartans on Friday afternoon. Glenbrook North built a 7-1 lead by the end of the second inning, but Lake Forest chipped away, before rallying for four runs in the top of the sixth, tying the game at seven apiece. Following the seventh inning, the game was called due to light.

The Scouts of Lake Forest got on the board first with an RBI groundout by Will Davis following a leadoff double and stolen base by Caleb Durbin. Glenbrook North responded with four of their own runs, highlighted by a bases clearing three-run double by Evan Barnes. The Spartans continued their offensive output into the second inning, tacking on three more runs, making it 7-1. Chris Heywood and Chris Karasinski both with RBI doubles in the inning.

After getting runs back in the third and fifth innings, to make it 7-3, Lake Forest exploded in the sixth for four runs. Glenbrook North starting pitcher, freshman, Eric Orloff hit the first batter of the inning. He then surrendered a single to Breck Nowik, setting up first and second with no outs. Orloff, showing poise on the mound, struck the next batter out before Glenbrook North made a move to the bullpen.

Colton Pfeiffer wasted no time, jumping on the first pitch he saw for a two-run double, cutting the Spartan lead in half. Durbin delivered the game-tying runs on a two-run double with two outs in the inning, knotting the game at 7-7.

Both teams had opportunities to secure a lead over the final one and a half frames, but neither were able to convert with runners in scoring position.

For Glenbrook North, Orloff picked up the no-decision, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, while striking out 11 and walking two. Heywood, Karasinski and Ben Kieffer all had multi-hit games.

Durbin led Lake Forest offensively with a perfect 3-for-3 day with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. Nowik finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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