Prep Baseball Report

Oak Park-River Forest Cruises Past Whitney Young, Advance To 4A Regional Finals

By: Adam Panayotovich
Area Scout

DES PLAINES, IL - On a sunny, wind-gusted afternoon, the top seed in the Wilmette Sectional, Oak Park-River Forest ousted the Whitney Young Dolphins Wednesday afternoon 15-0 in the Regional Semifinals. The Huskies put up three runs in the first and twelve in the fourth to run-rule Whitney Young in four innings and move one step further in the IHSA state playoffs.

OPRF starter LHP Nate Diamond (Pepperdine commit) limited the Dolphins to two singles, while not allowing a single runner to reach second base. Facing the minimum in four innings, Diamond finished with eight punch outs on 57 total pitches, 40 of which were strikes.

Huskies SS and leadoff man Dylan Whitney wasted little time kick-starting the offense sending a triple to left in the bottom half of the first (below). Two-hole hitter Alan Brown drove him in delivering a sacrifice fly deep to centerfield. Jose Maldonado and Adam Landsman scored the other two runs in the frame.

OPRF sent fifteen batters to the plate in the twelve-run 4th receiving hits from Brown, Jake Adams (2B), Griffin Holderfield (Creighton commit) and Tregg Lofgren. Tommy Cronin (2B) and Ethan Reinhardt had multi-hit innings.

The two lone singles for Whitney Young came off the bat’s of leadoff man Jack Turken and three-hole hitter Brendan Summerhill. Kevin Coe Jr. took the loss on the mound for the Dolphins.

With the win, top-seeded Oak Park-River Forest advances to play the winner of Maine West and Evanston on Saturday, May 25th at 11am.


+ LHP Nate Diamond (OPRF): 4IP, 2H, 8K.
+ DH Tommy Cronin (OPRF): 2-for-3, 2B, 3RBI, R
+ CF Ethan Reinhardt (OPRF): 3-for-3, 3RBI, 2R, 2SB
+ RF Alan Brown (OPRF): 2-for-2, 2RBI, R
+ 3B Jake Adams (OPRF): 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R

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