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Baseball: Oswego splits SPC series with Minooka, defending league champ Plainfield N.

Oswego is feeling right at home in conference.

The Panthers have split their first two two-game series in the Southwest Prairie, winning both home games against Minooka and defending league champion Plainfield North.

Nathan Willig and Jeffrey Crafton combined on a two-hitter with four strikeouts against Minooka on April 12, and the Panthers (9-4, 2-2) pounded out nine hits to get a 7-0 win and a split of the series.

Ben Graue went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Gabe Panza 1-for-3 with two runs scored for Oswego, which scored four runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.

Oswego overcame six errors the next day to beat Plainfield North in walkoff fashion, 3-2 in eight innings, in the first game of the series.

Cole Aughenbaugh, who started the game, allowed just one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts over seven innings. He also went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored at the plate. Graue was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Panza had two RBIs.

Plainfield North took the return game on Monday in Plainfield. Arizona State-bound Brady Corrigan fired a one-hitter, striking out eight, and the Tigers pounded out 12 hits. Aughenbaugh managed Oswego's lone hit.

Next up for the Panthers are home-and-homes with Joliet West and Plainfield East.

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