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Spartans belt four homers in doubleheader sweep

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 4:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 8:38 a.m. CDT
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Sycamore's Mark Skelley makes contact with the ball in the first inning against Belvidere North at Sycamore park on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Sycamore won, 9-1.

SYCAMORE – It was very average outing for the Sycamore baseball team in its doubleheader against Belvidere North Saturday.

But for the Spartans, an average outing means they score a ton of runs.

Sycamore won both contests by scores of 11-5 in Game 1 and 9-1 in Game 2. The Sycamore bats combined for 21 hits, including four home runs courtesy of Alec Kozak, Cooper Vinz, Nate Gross and Ian Kidd.

“We swung the bats really well today,” Sycamore head coach Jason Cavanaugh said. “We took advantage of some situations. The wind was blowing out today and a couple of their pitchers were getting down in the count early, and we were able to capitalize.”

In the first contest, Sycamore (20-5) led 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. Then, the Spartans left no doubt in the contest. Kozak’s grand slam sparked a six-run inning, which put the game out of reach. Vinz and Michael Swanberg also had RBIs.

“(We were) good, offensively and defensively,” Gross said. “There were no errors, which is always good. Started off a little slow but came through in the end in both games.”

Kozak had a big Game 1, with his three hits and six RBIs. In Game 2, Gross had the big game. The junior went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.

Cavanaugh said every spot in the lineup has a chance to make a contribution.

“It is nice when you have weapons up and down the lineup,” Cavanaugh said. “(Alec) Kozak is a guy who struggled from the beginning of the season and today, he had [three] hits in the first game and six RBIs. Ian Kidd hit a home run in the nine-hole. And, Nate Gross hitting seventh in the second game had a homer and a double and drove in a bunch of runs.”

Sycamore didn’t start slow in the second contest, with the big inning coming in the bottom of the second. Sparked by a Vinz two-run homer, the Spartans batted around and scored five runs to take an early 5-0 lead.

Mark Skelley earned the win on the mound in Game 2 for his five innings of work. The senior hurler allowed one run on two hits while striking out three. Kye Schlosser was the winning pitcher in the first contest.

“I think we played well. We adjusted to the slower pitching and we started to hit the ball more,” Skelley said. “I pitched well. There were a couple walks here and there. It helps a lot when your teammates are helping you out at the plate.”

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