Victory gives Spartans psychological boost
The victory amount rose by just one, but the confidence level grew exponentially because of it.
In a nutshell, that described Oak Lawn’s baseball week, which featured a 10-7 win over Morton last Tuesday as its lone legitimate high point. However, that triumph also represented a breakthrough for the Spartans, whose first three outings of the year all ended with them as a shutout victim.
The last of those occurred on Monday, when Sandburg’s Matthias Dietz overwhelmed Oak Lawn batters and fired a no-hitter in what became a 7-0 Eagles victory in their season-opener. Dietz struck out nine straight men to begin the contest and finished the day with 12 whiffs.
“This guy came out and was just as good,” Spartans coach Bill Gerny said, comparing Dietz with Lincoln-Way Central hurler Brandon Bass and a trio of St. Rita pitchers who had stymied Oak Lawn previously.