CHICAGO HEIGHTS | With the way Jesse Forestell produced at the plate on Friday, it's difficult to tell the Homewood-Flossmoor catcher experienced back spasms for the past week-and-a-half.
Forestell drove in four runs for the Times No. 2 Vikings, including a huge, three-run homer in the fourth inning, helping his team to a 12-6 win over host Marian Catholic.
"I felt pretty good," he said. "Most of the guys seemed like they were pretty comfortable at the plate. Every time I got up, there were guys on base, so they gave me the opportunity."
Forestell drove in a run with a RBI single in the third inning, helping the Vikings to a three-run frame. His home run was part of a six-run fourth inning outburst that gave the Vikings (16-5) a 9-1 lead at the time.
"I thought in the first four innings we swung the bats pretty well, (the fourth inning) especially," H-F coach Todd Sippel said. "Our first two pitchers (Isaac Cutrara and James Sheehan) ended up having stiffness in their arms, so we kind of had to piecemeal it together, but we got it done.
"This is the first time (Forestell) has caught in two weeks, and he looked back to normal. He hit .485 on the season last year, so he's definitely a legitimate hitter and he's getting back into his stride at the right time, hopefully."
The Spartans (13-12) mounted plenty of offense with 12 hits and put up a three-run fifth inning due in part to a two-run single from Kellen Williams. However, Marian went through six pitchers throughout the game, and the defense behind the pitching didn't do it any favors.
"They walked six times and we dropped four fly balls," Marian coach Phil Wail said. "You're not going to win any games doing that."
Derrion Thomas went 4-for-5 with two doubles for H-F, while teammate Kendall King cracked a two-run homer to right center field in the fifth inning.