A Saturday silencer
Host Caravan blow past Spartans
Unlike a year ago, Oak Lawn’s postseason extended into the weekend.
Mt. Carmel, however, put an emphasis on the second part of that last word when the Spartans came calling Saturday.
Oak Lawn fell behind 6-0 at the outset and never recovered, eventually absorbing a 13-0 slaughter-rule defeat in the Caravan-hosted Class 4A regional final. The Spartans had reached that contest by virtue of a 6-4 win over Whitney Young in a Thursday semifinal.
“It says a lot about the quality of [this sectional] — there’s no easy game,” Oak Lawn coach Bill Gerny said. “Everybody has quality ballplayers.”
That included the Dolphins, although they gambled by holding out their top pitcher on Thursday. The Spartans eventually saw a hurler who handcuffed them but not until the fourth inning, by which time they had constructed a 6-2 lead.