LANSING | It was a long week for the T.F South baseball team and Saturday capped off a tough, winless week.
With the exception of one game, the Rebels played well enough to win, only to have things come apart in the late innings of an 0-4 week.
South took advantage of Lincoln-Way North miscues early, but let another one slip away in an 8-5 loss at windy Bill Anderson Field. The Rebels jumped out to a 3-0 lead and led 5-3 through five innings. Coach Matt Tiffy told his team not to give up because they have played hard.
"It's a moral victory for us," Tiffy said. "We have a young squad and we're learning every single game.
"We played well this week, but we just didn't finish. A bad inning here or there. I am not disappointed in the fact we have played hard."
The Rebels (4-6) have lost four in a row and the only game they were really out of was a 10-0 loss to Lemont on Monday.
The Phoenix pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth to tie 5-5, then got three in the seventh. reliever Mike Magdziarz pitched the final three innings and slammed the door on the Rebels. He struck out eight.
"My stuff was working pretty good, especially my splitter," Magdziarz said. "I was able to change things up and I was aware with the wind, not to let the ball get up in the air.
"What I really did was just let my teammates take care of things. I knew they would make the plays."
They got off to a fast start as they scored twice in the first on one hit and two Lincoln-Way North errors. Steve Stubitsch reached on an error, was sacrificed to second, then took third on a wild pitch. He scored on a ground out. James Macklin doubled and also scored on a wild pitch. Both runs were unearned
South added another unearned run in the second. Just one of its five runs were earned.
The Phoenix (6-1) tied it in the third as Kyle Ostrowski and Nick Garcia, the No. 8 and 9 hitters, singled and scored. Ben Troike hit a homer to left to tie it. Nick Pedraza would hit a two-run homer to left in the sixth. The Phoenix got three runs in the seventh when DJ Lee led off and took second on a wild pitch to get things going. Lincoln-Way North added two more runs.
Theo Johnson scored twice for the Rebels and also doubled.
"We just have to learn to finish," Johnson said. "We are playing good baseball. We are not losing our confidence."