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Strong starting pitching helped St. Viator and Nazareth split Saturday’s East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader in LaGrange Park. St. Viator junior George Burny allowed three hits in 4 2/3 innings in the opener. Senior Jake Bartels (5-0) pitched six innings, allowing one run, to earn the Roadrunners’ win.
With St. Viator (15-5, 2-2) leading 6-3 in the opener, Nazareth (15-4, 3-1) scored two runs in the sixth inning and loaded the bases with two outs. Mike Pilet entered the game and induced a groundout to prevent further damage. In the second game, St. Viator scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded when Brandon Bossard entered and struck out the next two hitters to earn the save.
Not only did Bartels pitch a gem, striking out eight, he had six hits on the day. His biggest hit came in Game 2, when in the top of the seventh, he hit a homer for what proved to be an important insurance run.
BY THE NUMBERS
Nazareth received contributions from the bottom of its lineup, as Ryan Kramer had three doubles on the day and Matthew Baldwin reached base three times. St. Viator lead-off hitter Matt Prazuch reached base six times, including four hits, while Pete Meyer hit a home run in the first game.
“Jake [Bartels] gave us what you expect from a four-year varsity starter. He was dominant and shut them down.” — Nazareth coach Lee Milano