The hit of the game belonged to Warren’s Robert Archibold.
The play of the game — a glove gem — was made by Lake Forest’s Drew Golde.
The left-handed Scouts right fielder closed fast and made a spectacular diving catch down the right-field line to retire Warren’s Victor Perez in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Now, if only Golde could have repeated that play in the bottom of the fifth inning in this North Suburban Conference battle on April 12.
He didn’t. But it wasn’t for the lack of trying.
With the bases loaded, Golde went all out — again — and just missed making a diving catch in foul territory. It would have been the third out of the inning, and it would have preserved LF’s two-run lead.
“He laid out for it,” said LF head coach Ray Del Fava, tipping his cap to Golde. “It would have been nice, if he could’ve come up with it.”
Moments later, the host Blue Devils (7-4) ended up scoring two runs — on two bases-loaded hit by pitches — to tie the game 8-8.
Then, in the bottom of the sixth inning (game was called after six innings due to darkness), the left-handed hitting Archibold came up with the game-winning hit by ripping a two-out RBI single to right field, handing the Scouts a nightmarish 9-8 defeat.
Lake Forest (2-5) was poised to win this game. The Scouts led 8-2 after three innings.
“We didn’t lose because of our defense,” said Del Fava, who watched his team play six innings of errorless ball in frigid conditions. “And we hit. If you give your pitches eight runs, you should win the game.
“But we lost the game because our pitches didn’t throw strikes,” Del Fava added. “When we don’t throw strikes, we don’t play to our strengths.”
Warren took advantage of five walks and three hit batsmen to score seven runs in the final three frames.
Shortstop Caleb Durbin was the hitting star in LF’s lineup. The leadoff hitter went 3-for-3 with a double. He came up with two-run singles in the second and third inning.
Golde also hurt the Blue Devils with his bat. He lined a two-run single to left field in the second inning.
LF’s other two runs in the third inning were brought in by Charlie Reinkemeyer on a perfectly paced bunt and Jon Salm on a line-drive single to right field.
The Scouts, who finished the game with eight hits, also received a pair of singles from Andrew Athenson.
On the mound, LF had a couple of highlights. Starter Christian McCauley retired seven hitters in a row before running into trouble in the fourth inning.
And, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ryan Chandler came into a tie game (8-8) with the bases loaded and two outs. He struck out Warren’s Cal Poremba on a 3-2 pitch.
LF Game Balls: Caleb Durbin, Drew Golde
Warren Game Balls: Robert Archibold, Jeff Stajduhar
Player of the Game: Archibold
LF Stat Leaders:
Pitching — Christian McCauley (3.2 innings, 6 runs, 7 hits, 3 Ks), Ryan Chandler (1/3 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 K)
Hitting — Durbin (3-for-3, double, 4 RBIs), Golde (2-RBI single), Andrew Athenson (2 hits), Charlie Reinkemeyer (sac bunt, bunt single, RBI), Jon Salm (RBI single)
Warren Stat Leaders:
Pitching — Stajduhar (2 scoreless innings in relief, 0 hits, 4 Ks), Nate Styles (WP, 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 2 Ks)
Hitting — Archibold (3-3, 2 RBIs, game-winning hit)
Glove Gems: Golde (diving catch in RF)
Notable: LF opened North Suburban Conference play on April 5 with 14-0 win over Stevenson. Christian McCauley shut out the Patriots on three hits. … The Scouts, who went 1-2 on their spring trip, have lost three games by one run. They fell to Evanston 3-2 on April 8, and they dropped a 5-4 decision to Niles West on April 6. … LF’s game with Warren on April 13 was rained out.