David Adelstein hit No. 9 in the batting order for the Highland Park High School baseball team on Saturday.
And the senior right fielder was super happy about it.
“People look at the No. 9 hitter and say, ‘hey, move in, it’s the No. 9 hitter,’ ” said Adelstein.
Adelstein, who wears jersey No. 1, likes to fool ’em. He certainly didn’t look like a No. 9 hitter in HP’s 9-3 victory over visiting Evanston on April 15.
He simply stung the ball, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
“I like hitting ninth,” Adelstein said. “You get a lot of good pitches. A lot of first-pitch fastballs.”
His biggest hit against the Wildkits came in the bottom of the sixth, when he took the ball the other way and plugged the right-center field gap to plate two runs.
Adelstein was equally effective in the fifth inning, when he drilled an RBI single to left field to bring in Jack Zeidler.
But Adelstein, as it turned out, wasn’t the only HP hitter playing a starring role in this key Central Suburban League contest.
The player of the game had to be Thano Fourlas. The senior third baseman went yard twice.
Fourlas’ fence-clearing shot in the sixth put the Giants (7-7, 2-0) ahead 4-3 and ignited a six-run frame. His solo shot in the fourth inning sailed over center-field fence.
Fourlas, who was hitting fifth in the batting order, also reached base on a bunt single and came around to score in the second inning.
“We’ve moved him around in the batting order,” said HP head coach Dan Casey. “He can do a lot of things with the bat. He can bunt. He’s good on the hit and run. And today, he leaves the yard a couple of times.”
HP scored its nine runs on 13 hits.
The six-run sixth inning made a winner out of junior Tyler Gussis, who allowed only one run in four innings of relief.
HP Game Balls: Thano Foulas, David Adelstein, Tyler Gussis
Evanston Game Ball: Matt Reynolds
Player of the Game: Fourlas
HP Stat Leaders
Pitching — Jack Zeidler (3 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 2 Ks, 4 BBs), Tyler Gussis (Winning Pitcher, 4 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 1 K, 0 BB)
Hitting — Fourlas (3-for-3, 2 solo HRs, 2 RBIs, bunt single, 3 runs), David Adelstein (3-for-3, 3 RBIs, 2-run double), Noah Shutan (1-3, bunt single, 1 run), Henry Singer (2-4, bunt single), Tyler Gussis (1-4, RBI), Jacob Mandell (1-4), Noah Spitz (1-2, run, sacrifice bunt), Zeidler (0-1, 2 walks, 2 runs), Jack Kramer (1-3, RBI single, 1 run)
Glove Gem: Fourlas (5th inning groundball)
Notable: Highland Park also played Fremd on April 15 at Wolters Field. The Giants rapped out 10 hits but lost the game 6-5. … Thano Fourlas came up big again: 3-for-3 with a double, bunt single and sacrifice bunt. The team’s other leading hitters were Henry Singer (2 hits), Jacob Mandel (2 hits), Jack Zeidler (RBI double) and David Adelstein (RBI double). … Junior catcher Jack Kramer (1-3 with a walk) just missed being a hero in the bottom of the seventh inning. With runners on second and third and the Giants down by one run, he smashed a hot grounder to the Fremd second baseman, who threw him out at first to end the game. … HP’s three-run sixth inning featured a leadoff double by Fourlas and run-scoring doubles by Zeidler and Adelstein. … Fremd put together a pair of three-run frames. All six of its runs came with two men out. … HP second baseman William Minzenberger turned in a web gem in the fifth inning, when he made a diving catch to rob a hit from Fremd’s Eric Bennes.