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By Colin Harris | Staff Writer
This week was going to be a big one for the Woodridge Bulldogs, who entered their two-game series with Garfield two games behind the G-Men and a game back of both Windham and Southeast in the County Division standings.
"This series was obviously big for us," Woodridge head coach Dennis Dever said. "Garfield came in undefeated, and we knew that we had to win both of these games to even have a chance to get back into the top of the conference standings."
Garfield entered Tuesday's game at Woodridge a perfect 6-0 in the league -- but that didn't last for long as seven unanswered runs by the Bulldogs erased a G-Men lead and handed them their first league loss of the year in a 7-4 Woodridge victory.
Senior Brad Snyder slapped a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth to give the Bulldogs the lead, and junior teammate Kevin Kelleher extended it with a two-run double off of the fence in left during a four-run fifth inning.
On Wednesday, Kelleher pitched the Bulldogs to his third win of the season with a complete-game effort. Kelleher scattered five hits as the Bulldogs again beat Garfield, 4-3.
"For sure right now, our two leaders are Brad Snyder and Kevin Kelleher," Dever said. "Brad has thrown a great game every time out as our No. 1 (starter) and has been getting a lot of big, key hits with runners on base.
"Kevin is our No. 2 pitcher, and he's been riding a three-game win streak for us. He is, no-doubt our leader at the plate," Dever added. "He is at the top of our lists in a lot of (offensive) categories, including runs and RBI."