FRANKFORT — When the Lincoln-Way East offensive attack finds a groove, its probably the best course of action to just get out of the way.
The Griffins flex a powerful offensive attack when things are going right and they certainly were on Friday afternoon as they collected a 12-2, five-inning victory over visiting Lockport in a SouthWest Suburban Conference matchup.
“We had 10 or 11 hits today, I don’t think we had more than one that was a cheap one,” Lincoln-Way East coach Eric Brauer said. “We did a really nice job of squaring up the ball today. A lot of good at-bats. We can point to a lot of things, but the end of the game, all nine games in the lineup were on base today. When you have guys anywhere in the lineup is gives you confidence that in any point in the game we can make a big swing and put up a three spot.”
Lincoln-Way East (19-2) wasted no time demonstrating its intent. After coaxing back-to-back walks to start its half of the first inning, Max Polad swatted his ninth home run well over the left field fence to put the Griffins up 3-0. After Polad’s blast, the Griffins kept the line moving for some more productivity as four more Griffins reached and two of them scored as they left the frame with a 5-0 lead.
Lockport got two of those runs back in its half of the second as the strung together four hits including an double from Matt Merk. The Porters would have four hits in the inning but it was legitimately the only real offense they would get against Lincoln-Way East starter Joey Boland for the rest of the contest.
After the four hit outburst by Lockport (13-9) in the second, Boland would face only one over the minimum the rest of the way, issuing a two-out walk in the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, the offense continued its assault. The Griffins stacked up four more hits in the second and the third innings but couldn’t get a big hit to add to the scoreboard.
That wouldn’t be a problem in the fourth.
Alex Stanwich started the inning with a line shot double and Polad, Matt Michaels and Randy Seymour all kept the line moving by either coaxing walks or being hit by pitches. Zach Kwasny and Landen Looper both followed that up with singles which pushed Lincoln-Way East’s lead to 9-2.
The finishing touch came in the Lincoln-Way East half of the fifth as Zac Keegan and Polak reached on hits and Matt Michaels provided the knockout blow with a long home run to end the contest by mercy rule.
“He’d been pretty accurate, so I knew whatever he threw in there I was taking a big hack at it,” Michaels said of this home run. “We feel unstoppable right now. When we’re all on, I don’t think anybody can beat us. I think we had two or three strikeouts. And we don’t strike out and have the barrels that we had, we won’t lose. The game we had today, that’s what I like to see, everyone is contributing and it feels pretty good.”