No. 12 Glenbrook South rallies to upend rival North

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

GLENVIEW – In a battle between district rivals – and leaders of their respective Central Suburban League divisions – No. 12 Glenbrook South rallied from a 7-1 fourth-inning deficit to upend red-hot Glenbrook North, 8-7, on Saturday.

Junior shortstop Mario Tursi put the finishing touches on the comeback when he poked a single up the middle for the walk-off winner in the bottom of the seventh, scoring pinch-runner Matt Angel, which was the Titans’ second and final run of the inning.

Tursi, who’s ranked No. 63 in Illinois’ 2014 class, also made several stellar plays in the field and finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI. Glenbrook South (17-3, 9-2), the leaders of the Central Suburban South, trailed Glenbrook North (17-6, 6-3 in the North), 7-6, heading into the bottom of the seventh. After getting an out on the first pitch of the inning, senior Kyle Pauly walked before right-hander Brad Margolin induced a flyout for the second out.

After Pauly stole second base, senior third baseman delivered a clutch bloop single on an 0-1 slider down the right field line to score Pauly and tie the game at 7-7. Junior Tommy O’Hara then laced his second double of the game, putting runners on second and third and setting the stage for Tursi’s heroics.

O’Hara, who started the game on the mound, led the Titans offensively by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and scored a run. Koloms added two hits, senior outfielder Max Cohen drove in two runs and Pauly scored three times and went 1-for-2 at the plate.

Speaking of Pauly, when he entered the game in the fifth inning, the momentum slowly began to shift. After North poured on six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning to build a 7-1 advantage, South scored three runs in the bottom half to chisel away at the lead.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Pauly came in the work the fifth, and North’s offense went cold. The hard-throwing Pauly, who’s one of the top unsigned arms in the state, didn’t yield a hit in three innings work, striking out three and walking two. He struck out two in the fifth with 89-mph fastballs.

Margolin, a Washington University recruit, pitched well for Glenbrook North, working a complete game with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit batsman. He yielded 11 hits behind a tight 72-75 mph slider and mid-80s fastball, climbing as high as 87. Margolin also had a two-run double at the plate.

Senior third baseman TJ Tedeschi went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run double in the Spartans’ big fourth inning. Senior Sing Fong added a two-run single for North, and Drew Malter scored twice and had a single.

More in-depth notes will be posted in the Illinois Scouting Blog in the near future.

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