Clint Hicks’ solo home run provided the difference as sixth-seeded Lemont topped No. 3 Clarence 5-3 in the opening round of the playoffs on Sunday.
The defending champion Ducks, 8-16 in the regular season, can eliminate the Mounties, 13-11 in the regular season, with a triumph at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Creek Park.
Lemont scored a single run in five of its seven at-bats.
Trailing 3-0, Clarence scored two in the fourth on RBI singles from Derek Jabco and Justin Koleno.
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The score stayed that way until Hicks belted his homer in the sixth. Koleno’s RBI double sliced the margin 4-3, but the Ducks added a run and Derek Van Horn pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the win.
Kerry Meyers, Logan Madill and Hicks each had two hits for Lemont. Hicks drove in two runs. Tyler Yazjuian pitched three scoreless innings before giving way to Van Horn, who earned the win.
Hunter Guenot and Jabco had three hits to pace the Mounties. Koleno added two hits.