Evanston has been on the wrong side of two 1-0 games this season but Thursday they turned the tables in beating cross-conference foe Deerfield 1-0 at ETHS.
Max Siedlecki threw six-and-two-thirds innings of no hit, no run baseball and has now thrown 33 innings on the year with only two earned runs, for a 0.53 ERA.
Deerfield threatened in the top of the seventh when their leadoff hitter hit a fly ball that squibbed off Wildkit rightfielder Julian Gonzalez’s glove for a two base error, but Siedlecki was able to induce a strikeout and a flyout thanks to a great catch by leftfielder Luke Hackett on the next two batters.
Jack Anderson then came in the game to strike out the next Deerfield hitter for the third out.
In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Vamarasi struck out but the ball bounced past the catcher and Vamarasi was safe at first.
Eli Otting hit a ground ball to second base which the second baseman bobbled, allowing pinch runner Micah Takagishi to be safe at second. Otting was out at first.
Max Siedlecki was intentionally walked and then James Hageman struck out. Julian Gonzalez was the next Evanston batter. During his at bat, Takagishi and Siedlecki successfully advanced to second and third with a double steal.
With a full count, Gonzalez ripped a hard ground ball down the left field line scoring Takagishi for the game winner.
Despite Siedlecki’s six-and-two-thirds innings of hitless pitching, reliever Jack Anderson earned the win since he recorded the last out.
The win moves Evanston to 2-0 in the CSL and 10-6 overall. They play again today against rival Loyola at Loyola at 4:30 p.m.