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ETHS baseball: Wildkits suffer second straight baseball loss


The calendar just flipped to April and Frank Consiglio can’t think about the big picture in high school baseball just yet.

There’s plenty of time for Evanston to make up for back-to-back losses to a pair of Chicago Public Schools teams that will likely be a part of the same Illinois High School Association Class 4A sectional tournament complex again this year.

Consiglio’s Wildkits, after being blanked by Whitney Young 3-0 in a 5-inning game shortened by snowfall, suffered their second straight defeat Friday at Kerry Wood Field in Chicago, bowing to host Lane Tech by a 9-2 margin.

Not much went right for the visitors on another chilly afternoon as they fell to 3-2 on the young season.

Starting pitcher Jared Lortie was knocked out in the fourth inning after leading 2-1. Reliever Owen Brooks tossed a wild pitch on his first offering — scoring a run — and things didn’t get much better for the sidewinding senior right-hander after that as he surrendered four runs in his final inning of work.

On offense, the Kits mustered just 3 hits and 1 earned run.

“I think I charted (only) 2 hard-hit balls and 7 walks today,” said Consiglio. “We didn’t compete very well  against the guys we needed to get out (in the top half of the batting order). The same thing happened to us last night (against Whitney Young). We have a lot of things to clean up, a lot of things to fix. We didn’t play Evanston baseball.

“Sectional seeds [potential]? That’s too big picture for me to think about right now. It matters more how you’re playing going into the season than what happens this early. Right now, I’m just worried about the little things.”

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