Trojans prevail after losing lead

Cary-Grove right-fielder Zach Marszal evidently grew tired of watching balls sail over his head in the bitter cold in Lake Zurich. 

So he dropped a hit into right field in his team’s seventh-inning rally. Cary (4-1) blew an early five-run lead but came out ahead with a 13-10 nonconference victory over the Bears.

Marszal picked up the play by play of his key two-run hit.

“He (Lake Zurich pitcher Derek Kornfeind) made me look bad with a curveball,’’ Marszal said. “And I got it and dropped it in.’’

Marszal, who plans to play next year at McHenry County College, managed to put the freezing weather out of his mind.

“I tried to keep warm in the dugout,’’ he said. “But this was an exciting game with a lot of runs.”

C-G coach Don Sutherland was expecting a low-scoring game because of the conditions. By the bottom of the second, however, the Trojans had already put up seven runs. A six-run second was engineered by two hit batters, two errors, a bases loaded walk, a Marszal sacrifice fly and a two-run double off the bat of center fielder Brandon McCumber.

“It was cold but the game was good,’’ Sutherland said. “We had some timely hitting, that makes a difference.”

Lake Zurich’s big inning was the third. By the time the fifth hitter of the frame had come to plate, there were four runs on the board, courtesy of two homers and two doubles. Heading to the fourth, Lake Zurich claimed a 8-7 advantage.

Lake Zurich took a 9-7 lead to the sixth inning. C-G put up three runs in the sixth. There were doubles from Dean Lee and McCumber. Dean Christakes checked in a clutch hit and balk led to those three runs as the Trojans reclaimed the lead at 10-9.

Again the Bears answered back knotting this game at 10-10.

Shortstop Jeremy Vasquez began the final rally with a one-out single in the seventh. McCumber (4 hits) followed Marszal’s hit, extending the lead to three runs.

And when Lake Zurich opened the home half with a pair of walks, Sutherland reached for hard-throwing Andrew Splitt. He provided good news for the visitors by turning a force play at third. Splitt added a strikeout to earn the save.

The Trojans play Tuesday at Carmel.

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