06/02/2021 11:19 PM -
After taking both games of their doubleheader matchup Sunday, the Generals (3-1) lost 9-2 to the Crestwood Panthers (3-2) Wednesday night at Lee Pfund Stadium.
“It’s a long season,” manager Joe Silva said “We play the same team tomorrow night and we need to come out and compete, [It is] very simple.”
Joliet never led in Wednesday’s loss, and they were down 1-0 early after Panthers’ second baseman Donovan Noble (South Suburban / Chicago, Ill.) was hit by a Joey Teschke (MSOE / Elgin, Ill.) fastball on the first pitch of the game. Noble scored to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead. He also reached base three times for the Panthers.
Teschke started his first game on the mound as a General Wednesday. He went two innings, giving up two hits and allowing four runs (two earned). The lefties Drake Berman (Benedictine / Wauconda, Ill.) and Blake Schallenbarger (Rockford / Woodstock, Ill.) ate up multiple innings in relief for the Generals.
Defensively, the Generals flashed the leather on multiple occasions. Third baseman Ryan Kiolbassa (Lake Land / Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and shortstop Nate Gehrke (Lake Land / Joliet, Ill.) made athletic plays at their positions. Right fielder Christian Jacob (Concordia-Chicago / Scottsdale, Ariz.) robbed Panthers’ designated hitter Dino Biggers (Illinois Wesleyan / Naperville, Ill.) of an extra base hit when he fully extended to make a diving catch down the line.