The Rend Lake baseball team did exactly what it had to on Sunday. Trailing Wabash Valley by two games in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference race after a 5-0 loss at home on Thursday, Rend Lake needed to come to Mt. Carmel and sweep the Warriors on their home field. Guess what? After twin 3-1 wins by the visitors, the GRAC race is now tied.
Wabash Valley (37-12, 16-5 in GRAC) was held to only eight hits all day by Rend Lake pitching. It was the first time since the southern swing in February that WVC had dropped more than one game in a row. Rend Lake improved to 33-14 on the year.
In the opener, Rend Lake pushed across one run in the sixth after both teams had tallied once in the fifth. That proved to be the game-winner, as Rend Lake outhit Wabash, 9-4.
Nick Andros (6-2) picked up the win for Rend Lake, going the first six innings. He struck out 10 Warriors before turning things over to Logan Tabor in the seventh, and to closer Brady Wright, who earned the save, in the ninth.
Nick Barrientos collected the only extra base hit for Wabash, a double. Edgar Figueroa, Conor Dishman and Ray Perez added singles. The Warriors stranded five runners on the game.
Clay Wallace (6-4) took the loss, working 5.2 innings. Matt Geislinger worked 2.2 innings, before Ryan Quintero was called on with one out in the ninth.
Rend Lake scored one run in the first inning and never looked back in the nitecap. WVC scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh, on an RBI double by Tim Barry.
Manuel DeJesus went 2-for-3 to lead WVC. Garrett Gordon also singled.
Jarrett Bednar improved to 6-1 with the win for Rend Lake. Wright worked the seventh for his second save on the day and 10th of the year.
Brandon Allen (5-2) went five innings for the Warriors, relieved in the sixth by Kyle Rupe.
The Warriors play a non-conference game at Mineral Area, Mo. on Tuesday before closing out GRAC play with a series against Southwestern (21-19, 7-14 in GRAC). Game 1 will be in Belleville on Friday before a doubleheader at WVC on Saturday.
Rend Lake’s final GRAC series will be against John A. Logan (27-21, 12-7).