Lindbergh High School baseball team eyes Suburban West Conference title

Lindbergh boys setting sights on conference championship


Although members of the Lindbergh High School baseball team may not have envisioned it at the start of the season, they literally are on the verge of winning the Suburban West Conference.

The Flyers (10-6, 5-1 Suburban West) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning last Friday to grab a 5-4 win at home over Fox.

“We were getting behind in a lot of the counts and their pitcher did a great job on the mound,” Lindbergh head coach Darin Scott told the Call. “These kids are such a resilient bunch that’s scrappy and keeps coming at you.”

Lindbergh starting pitcher Andrew Keltner gave up four runs on six hits in six innings. The junior hurler struck out four batters and took the no-decision in the win over Fox. He’s currently 3-1 overall with a 2.94 earned-run average.

“Andrew was coming back on three days rest, so it was one of those things where we knew it was going to be a big conference game for us,” Scott said. “He just goes out there for us and competes.”

Lindbergh’s Tom Henke swung a hot stick at the plate with a three-hit performance that included two runs batted in. The senior starting catcher is holding down a .471 batting average with eight doubles and 19 runs batted in.

“Tom finished off a week to be remembered,” Scott said. “He went 10-13 with three doubles and four runs batted in. He’s really been coming up big with runners in scoring position.”

Lindbergh’s Cody Higgs also was solid at the plate with a two-hit performance that included three runs scored and one run batted in.

Higgs also recorded a double and a triple in the win over Fox. The sophomore shortstop is having an outstanding season with a .382 batting average that includes seven doubles and 22 runs scored.

“Cody’s been a real nice surprise for us this year,” Scott said. “He had a really nice game.”

The Flyers were scheduled to play North-west Monday — after the Call went to press. Lindbergh also was set to play host to Lafayette at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in what could be the deciding game for the conference championship.

Lafayette (9-6, 5-2 Suburban West) is coming off a solid 3-0 win at Oakville, which moved it into second place in the conference standings. Lindbergh, on the other hand, is in control of its own destiny as the Flyers sit atop the conference standings with a 5-1 record. Should the Flyers beat Northwest on Monday and defeat Lafayette on Wednesday, they’ll win the conference outright.

A loss on Monday could make the game against Lafayette even more interesting as the winner would take sole possession of the conference championship.