ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Hub varsity baseball team endured rain and wind during Friday’s Interstate 8 Conference home-and-home series finale against Morris. Despite totaling five hits, Rochelle was unable to break through on offense, falling 4-0 and conceding a two-game sweep.
Senior Braden Alfano started on the mound, cruising through the first four innings with eight strikeouts while allowing only one hit and one unearned run. Senior Josh Lloyd entered in relief, throwing the final three innings and adding two strikeouts. Morris went ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, where Keegan Waters plated Jack Wheeler with an RBI single up the middle.
The Redskins added two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Ryan Fischer led off the frame with a walk before scoring from first base on a throwing error. Griffin Zweeres drew a bases-loaded walk later in the frame to score Aidan Romak, who reached base on a single. An RBI double from Wheeler brought AJ Zweeres home for the Redskins in the top of the seventh inning.
Senior Andy Buskohl reached base twice for the Hubs (5-8, 4-6 Interstate 8), finishing 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Senior Owen Angell also doubled and walked for Rochelle in the loss.