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In three consecutive days, the La Salle-Peru baseball team has done something it didn’t do the first eight games of the season — win.
The Cavaliers continued their winning streak Thursday with a 14-4 victory in five innings against Rock Island Alleman at Veterans Park in Peru.
“The guys and I joked after we won our first game and second game. I said, ‘Gentlemen, if we win three (in a row), that’s called a winning streak,’” Cavs coach Matt Glupczynski said. “Right there in the break (after the Alleman game), the guys yelled ‘We’re in a winning streak.’ That was the big joke in the huddle.”
“We’re playing very good baseball. That’s what we’ve talked about through our losing streak is about playing good baseball and focusing strictly on us — not on the other team — and doing things we need to do to win ball games. Right now, that’s what we’re doing.”
The three-game winning streak started Monday against Rock Island, continued Tuesday with an 11-8 win over crosstown rival St. Bede and extended with a 10-run rule victory Wednesday.
Senior Noah Lamboley said after starting the season 0-8, the last three games show the Cavs have the ability to win and when they play to their potential can rack up wins in the same manner they did loses.
“We have a lot of confidence at the plate,” said Lamboley, who recorded the win on the mound against Alleman with five strikeouts, five hits, zero walks, four runs — two earned — in five innings. “All of us now have an extreme amount of confidence when we go up and we’re not under a lot of pressure. We’re just looking to hit the ball, get runners on and bring them in.
“I think we pressured ourselves (at the beginning of the season). We needed to work with the flow of the game and get into it and now it’s clicking and hopefully we can keep it rolling.”
The L-P hitting extravaganza looked like something from an edited how-to-hit a baseball movie as the Cavs pounded Alleman’s three pitchers with 12 hits, including eight singles, three doubles and a three-run home run from first baseman Kyle Rothrock that put L-P ahead 9-0 after only two innings.
The hitting caught on like wildfire as the scoreboard lit up with L-P runs through all five innings
“We came out early and jumped on them,” Glupczynski said. “We preached breaking the game down inning by inning. We tried to win every inning and we came out and did a good job. We put a five spot up in the first, we shut them down and then we put a four spot up in the second.
“Right off the bat, we’re up 9-0. They came back and put up the four spot and I thought we did a great job. Even though we only got two in the bottom of the third, I thought we took the momentum back. I thought that was key for us to keep the momentum for the rest of the game.”
Alleman’s four runs came in the top of the third when clean-up hitter Gunnar Haskins cleared the fully loaded bases with a grand slam.
It was the only inning the Pioneers (5-2) had more than four batters come to the plate.
“It started out, they hit the ball extremely well and we booted it around a little bit,” Alleman coach Chris Lemon said. “We threw three guys out there who hadn’t pitched a varsity baseball game until tonight. I think they were all a little bit nervous, but sometimes when you’re around this game long enough, you just have games like that where they hand it to you.
“The only thing I was really disappointed with — because errors are going to happen and kids are going to be nervous — is we just didn’t match their intensity level. They were ready to play tonight and we weren’t.”
Catcher Elliot Lewis went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Lamboley reached base each of the four times he was at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with three single and had a walk.
Elliot and Lamboley didn’t score a run since they were taken off the bases and replaced with courtesy runners, but Cam Mignone and Tyler Brovelli crossed the plate a combined five times.
Senior left fielder Andres Martinez scored three runs as he went 2-of-2 with a double, was hit by a pitch and walked.
Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6995, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.
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