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River Forest's Omar Nunez reacts after crossing home plate errant pitch  against Lake Statisecond inning play during their game

River Forest's Omar Nunez reacts after crossing home plate on a errant pitch against Lake Station in the second inning of play during their game held at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary on Tuesday April 16, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 18, 2013 6:53AM



GARY — Great grandma would have been proud.

Chris Lauderback tossed a six-hitter while striking out eight as River Forest knocked off Lake Station 4-1 in a Railcats Baseball Challenge game Tuesday at U.S. Steel Yard. It also happened to be a and Greater South Shore Conference rivalry game.

Lauderback, whose great grandmother died last week, multi-tasked his way to victory by also picking up two hits, scoring a run and driving in a run on offense to help his own cause.

“I wanted this one for her; she was very important in my life,” Lauderback said. “I don’t know what I would have done without her.”

The Eagles must have had the same feeling about Lauderback after his performance Tuesday night, making River Forest a perfect 5-0 over the years in games at the Steel Yard.

The junior walked three batters on the way to a complete-game victory, while posting his RBI in the fifth inning and scoring another run on a sacrifice fly by Jose Sanchez in the fourth.

“It’s pretty tough to pitch (after my great grand mother’s death),” Lauderback said. “You have to be strong minded, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

“But this is our house. I can’t wait to come back here next year.”

Chris Szoztek was the only Eagles player who could figure out Lauderback, picking up three of his team’s six hits, including a double.



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