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Baseball: Weather breaks, Whiting bats break out behind Filipek’s gem

Whiting's Nick Filipek pitches against Lake Statifirst inning Lake StatiWednesday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

Whiting's Nick Filipek pitches against Lake Station in the first inning at Lake Station Wednesday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 29, 2013 6:42AM



LAKE STATION — This has been a difficult spring for area sports teams, including Whiting.

Thursday, the Oilers took advantage of some good weather, and ace Nick Filipek’s pitching, in a 13-0, five-inning victory.

Rain has been a real nemesis for the Oilers, who are now 3-3 and 2-2 in the Greater South Shore Conference.

“You can’t fine-tune much, when you aren’t on the baseball field,” Whiting coach Kevin Lenz said.

Whiting was coming off a doubleheader loss to conference foe Bishop Noll over the weekend, including one game in which they were no-hit.

But Lenz believes things are improving.

“We’re starting to get our groove,” Lenz said.

“Filipek is a 1A pitcher, he’s a senior and he’s comfortable out there.”

Filipek struck out seven, walked one batter and allowed two hits.

“We did some good things out there (on offense),” Lenz said. “We were putting the ball on the ground, not popping up, putting the ball in play. We were able to find the spot between third base and shortstop.”

The Oilers got two RBIs each from Matt Dvorscak, Tom Hildebranski and AJ Veloz. Dvorscak finished with three hits. Justin Jendreas, the team’s leadoff batter, reached base in all four plate appearances, and scored three times.

Whiting scored one run in the first inning, on a double from Veloz, who drove in Dvorscak (one of three scores for the Oilers right fielder). The Oilers added two more runs in the third, and another in the fourth.

“Lake Station is a scrappy team. Szoztek, the shortstop that came in to pitch in the fifth, he’s a stud, and it seems like he’s been playing forever,” Lenz said.

The Oilers scored nine runs in the fifth, on three hits, five walks, a fielders choice and a hit-by-pitch.



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