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By D.J. Wanberg - Daily Herald Correspondent
The word "lucky" was used by both the Neuqua Valley baseball team and host Glenbard South to describe the Wildcats' 6-5 win Monday over the Raiders.
As the regular season started its final week, Glenbard South coach Mike Riley felt lucky the Raiders had a chance to play Neuqua as preparation for the postseason.
"During the last couple of weeks of the season, we have teams on the schedule I knew would be challenge," he said. "We were right there and we competed. We just made too many mistakes." "You are going to get better playing teams like Neuqua. I would rather get beat by a real good team than one we aren't challenged by."
The Wildcats (23-7) went ahead for good in the top of the seventh. With one out Kevin Ringlein doubled to center. Then center fielder Tyler Tesmond singled for his second hit of the day and third RBI overall.
The Raiders (18-9) had just tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth on Kyle Carli's two-out single right that scored Dylan Brambora and Robbie McGimpsey, who had both walked.
Neuqua coach Robin Renner talked about how lucky the Wildcats were to leave Glenbard South with a victory.
"We're like the rat that got at the cheese. We got real lucky. If we play like this in the state tournament, it will be a short state tournament," he said. "But we don't make mistakes like this for the most part."
Will Drake was winning pitcher for the Wildcats. He pitched 4.5 innings in relief and struck out 4.
Neuqua took a 1-0 lead in the first.