Men's Baseball Falls Short to Lakeview
by Caroline Merck
The Mustangs were eager to play the Lakeview Wildcats on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Kerry Wood “Little Wrigley” Field. Northside players’ parents and student fans filled the stands of a game that would be one to remember.
Northside was the away team and were up to bat first. Benjamin Rosengard, Adv. 803, led off and was followed by Jadd Oweimrin, Adv. 803, and Nicholas Hughes, Adv. 804. With all three batters failing to reach base, the Mustangs had their work cut out for them.
In the bottom of the first, Rosengard was on the rubber with Jake Trick, Adv. 006, behind the plate. The Mustangs were able to get three straight outs on plays made by Constantine Konstantinidis, Adv. 908, Hughes, and Rosengard. The Mustangs were ready to try to hit the ball and take the lead.
The top of the second inning was looking great to the Northside fans. The Stang Gang scored two runs and, as long as they could keep hitting, things looked great.
Madeleine Schoeff, Adv. 908, attended the game and thought that the Mustangs had a chance. “I thought that they would keep hitting as well as they were in the second inning, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”
The rest of the game had little action when Northside was up to bat. The Wildcats were able to hit, run, and score in almost every inning, and the Mustangs just could not keep up. The Wildcats had some great hits out to deep left and center field that soared over the heads of the Northside outfielders. Erin Franke, Adv. 908, said, “Lakeview seemed like a high school version of the Cubs because of how well they were hitting.”
Northside’s infield was also playing a little rough. Plays that should have been routine actually resulted in overthrows to first or, even worse, some dropped fly balls.
The Mustangs ended up losing 22-2. Carleen Jones, Adv. 807, still enjoyed the game regardless. “Despite the loss, I thought that it was really fun to see the game played at Little Wrigley. They all kept their heads in it that it made it hard to tell the score.”
Following this loss, Northside had a tough conference week after: losing to Lincoln Park 8-6, Taft 16-1, and then Lincoln Park again 9-8. Rosengard noted, “We’ve had an up and down year, but we’re looking to come together and make the best out of the season and hopefully end on a positive not or at least put up a good fight. ” With this in mind, Northside looks on to the state playoffs, where they will take on Northtown on May 22.