GARY | Adam Jamka admits he was nervous before the game.
Teammate Justin Pasko wasn't, but the nearly 1 1/2-hour rain delay gave both some time to think about their hitting.
It paid off.
Pasko was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle and Jamka had two hits and drove in four runs as T.F. South beat District 215 rival T.F. North 7-2 on Friday at the cold, damp U.S. Steel Yard as part of the Railcats High School Challenge.
Jamka was named the game's most valuable player and was awarded a wooden bat.
“I was a little nervous because this is always a big game and playing in this stadium,” Jamka said. “I guess, it really got me pumped up because my job is to get hits and drive in runs.”
Pasko and Jamka are the Nos. 6 and 7 hitters in the lineup. The 6-9 hitters reached base eight times and scored four times.
Jamka said he remembers coming to RailCats games as a kid. His dad, David, is a Gary native and Lew Wallace grad.
“I love playing in this park and I want to do well when I play here.”
Pasko has been hitting well and that continued Friday.
“I was just trying to put in play, but I got a hold of a couple of good pitches and hit them hard,” Pasko said of his second-inning triple and seventh-inning double. “The cold didn't bother me and I just didn't think about it. I went up there looking to put the ball in play.”
The Rebels improved to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the South Suburban Blue. The Meteors fell to 7-5 and 2-3 respectively.
Alex Schell (3-1) got the win as he went six innings, striking out five. Pasko pitched the seventh.
The Rebels took a 1-0 lead when Pasko tripled and came in on Jamka's ground out. They added three in the fourth with a walk and three straight hits. Brian Seymour led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a bad throw by North pitcher Fabian Del Real. South added two more.
“We made a bad play at third and that opened up some things for them,” North coach Mike Kosiara said. “We had some base-running mistakes and took ourselves out of an inning. We were right there, but once again we make some costly mistakes.”
North scored in the fourth as Juan Gutierrez singled in Mike Steele. In the fifth, Davon Mason led off with a single and Bill Wilson (3-for-4) doubled. Mason stopped at third, while Wilson went for third. Mason was thrown out as he broke for home.