Glenelg's junior-senior prom was Friday night. And Glenelg's baseball team suffered from post-prom fatigue yesterday afternoon, making five errors.
But the league-leading Gladiators (9-4, 9-1) squeezed out a 6-5 victory over upstart Hammond anyway.
Hammond (7-6, 4-4), one of the league's biggest surprises, rallied for three runs to tie the game 5-5 in the top of the seventh.
The rally featured a leadoff home Baseball
run by Matt Cyran, an RBI single by David Brewer and a throwing error by sophomore Glenelg shortstop Mike Goldberg on Jeff Busick's two-out grounder.
Glenelg pulled out the victory, however, when Jamie Brinker scored the winning run on a bases-loaded infield grounder in the bottom of the inning.
It looked like the Bears, with their infield drawn in, would get their second straight force at home on Mike Deming's one-out grounder. Instead, Bears third baseman Mike Kaplan juggled the ball allowing Brinker to score.
"Brinker played a great game for us today," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said. "Not only did he get an RBI single that scored our first run, but in the seventh inning he got a key infield hit that moved the runner from second to third with no one out."
Matt Morraye led off that seventh for Glenelg by leaning into a Jeff Price knuckleball that got him to first base. Morraye, who leads his team with nine stolen bases, then stole second. Brinker beat out an infield hit and Brian Boteler was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Boteler had a banner day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. He is batting .488 with 14 RBI.
Glenelg pitcher Sean Lookingbill also was outstanding. The sophomore left-hander struck out five batters in the first inning, but two reached first base on passed balls. Glenelg made four errors in the inning, but Hammond scored only one run.
The Bears made it 2-0 with a run in the third inning on a walk by Laing, a wild pitch and an RBI single by Justin Lavis.
Glenelg scored four runs in the bottom of the third. Gunter reached on a throwing error by Busick. Lookingbill bunted him to second base and Brinker singled Gunter home. Boteler then doubled Brinker home and Mike Goldberg homered.
Lookingbill struck out 14, walked three and gave up three hits in the 6 1/3 innings he worked. He left with a runner at first base, one out and Glenelg ahead, 5-3.
Hammond scored two more runs in the seventh after David Gunter relieved Lookingbill.
Gunter allowed two singles before retiring the side.
Everyone in Hammond's lineup struck out at least once except David Brewer, who went 2-for-3.