Lyons Township jumps on Oak Park early

By Sean Duncan

WESTERN SPRINGS – Oak Park left-hander Zach Weigel entered Friday’s West Suburban Silver showdown against Lyons Township having thrown 13 2/3 innings of hitless baseball. An impressive feat, indeed.

It took Lyons all but two innings to not only end Weigel’s streak, but end his day. Lyons scored four runs after two innings and went on to win 4-2.

The Lions’ victory sets the stage for a critical doubleheader Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., at York with West Suburban Conference championship implications. Both Lyons (17-9-1, 11-3) and York are tied for first place. Oak Park fell to 20-7-1, 9-6 in conference.

On Friday, Lyons scored an unearned run in the first, then went on to pound out four hits in the second inning, scoring three runs, against the Seton Hall-bound Weigel (5-1). The Lions’ big inning was also aided by a walk, a hit-by-pitch, an error on a grounder to lead off the inning, and a fly ball that dropped in front of an outfielder.

Second baseman Stewert Nelson delivered the big blow with a two-run single, and junior third baseman Keith Lehmann added a run-scoring double, staking the defending state champions to a 4-0 lead after two innings.

Senior right-hander Matt Robare (7-1) handled the rest. Robare yielded four hits – two of which came in the first inning – one earned run, and struck out three and walked three. Robare did not allow a hit between the second and fifth innings.

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