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It took more than a week on the calendar for Evanston’s baseball team to conclude a suspended game with Highland Park.
Mason Denlow and Charlie Kalil made it worth the wait.
Kalil delivered a two-run double to give the Wildkits some breathing room in the top of the seventh inning, and Denlow pitched a scoreless inning of relief to earn the save Wednesday, April 20, as Evanston extended its winning streak to eight games with a 10-7 triumph at Highland Park.
The contest, which began back on April 12, was suspended because of darkness on that date with Evanston clinging to an 8-7 lead. The Wildkits are now 11-2 overall and remained undefeated in Central Suburban League competition.
Denlow, who fired a called third strike past Highland Park’s Charlie Goldman with the bases loaded and two outs back on April 12 in the sixth, retired three of the four batters he faced in the seventh on Wednesday. That effort saved the win for Owen Brooks, who ran into trouble after tossing a pair of scoreless innings in relief of starter Jared Lortie.
Kalil’s two-run, two-out double to right center scored teammates Heath Ballard and Addison Blough just after the Wildkits got off the bus for the one-inning affair.
Back on April 12, Evanston led 4-3 after the first inning, but the Giants pulled even in the fourth and chased Lortie in the process. A swinging bunt single combined with a pair of Lortie wild pitches and a couple of walks helped the hosts tie the score at 4-all.
The Kits broke back on top with an unearned run in the fifth and scored three more in the sixth. The key blow in what turned out to be the winning rally came from senior Alex Vasquez, who sliced a triple into the wind past Giants’ right fielder Goldman with two outs and the bases loaded, scoring all three runs.
Hank Liss went 2-for-4 and five ETHS players were credited with runs batted in.
Evanston resumes CSL action Thursday with a home game at 4:45 p.m. against rival New Trier.