Daily Roundup: April 13 Games

By Drake Skleba
Senior Writer

For Games of April 13

Southwest Suburban Blue

Joliet West 5-6, No. 4 Sandburg 2-9
Joliet West (8-3; 1-1) stunned the 4th-ranked Eagles in the opener of a SWSC-Blue makeup twin-bill. Tiger RHP Jake Herron (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits in his solid six-inning stint on the mound.Tiger closer LHP Zach Thomas nailed down the save with a spotless seventh inning. Alex Lakatos led the Tiger attack with three singles and two RBI. Anthony Dinardo added a single and two RBI while Thomas had two hits and scored a pair of runs for West. Sandburg’s Indiana-bound leadoffman Austin Cangelosi had two hits and two RBI to lead the Eagle attack in game one.

In game two, Sandburg (9-2; 1-1) scored two in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh, to stun the Tigers and salvage a split in the twin-bill. Eagle 1B Alex Nelson homered, singled and drove home four Eagle runs. Cangelosi added a three-run bomb to his productive day. Kyle Chavez was 2-for-2 for the Tigers with a pair of RBI.

Homewood-Flossmoor 5- 0, Lincoln-Way Central 3-7
Homewood-Flossmoor (5-5; 1-1) rallied past the Knights in the first game behind Viking Jesse Forrestal. Forrestal was 2-for-2 with a double and plated two Viking runs. In the nightcap, Lincoln-Way Central (7-4; 1-1) blanked the Vikings behind a combined six-hit shutout by LHP Matt Mikolajczak (2-1) and RHP Kevin Mampe. Mikolajczak allowed the six hits in his stellar six innings of work. Mampe worked a hitless seventh. Mampe led the Knight attack with two singles and two RBI. Mac Leske was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Southwest Suburban Red

No. 1 Lincoln-Way North 8-17, Thornton 4-0
Lincoln-Way North (11-0; 2-0) swept away Thornton on Saturday.

Catholic League Crossovers

No. 11 St. Laurence 12, Gordon Tech 1
St. Laurence (9-3; 3-0 Blue) crushed the Rams in five innings on Saturday. Roger Wilson doubled, tripled and plated a a pair of Viking runs. Mike Miller and Brad Wood each added a pair of RBI. RHP Robert Gutierrez (1-1) allowed a run on two hits in four innings to pick up the win.

No. 5 St. Rita 4, St. Joseph 1
St. Rita (15-2; 2-0 Blue) won again behind Austin Peay junior LHP Mike Costanzo (6-0). The future Governor allowed a run and two hits and struck out 12. Jake Shepski had a single and an RBI for the Mustangs while Nate Soria was 2-for-2 with a double. St. Joseph (4-3; 2-2 White) was led by Tyler Blue who had a single and an RBI for the Chargers.

No. 7 Mount Carmel 11, Bishop McNamara 0
Mount Carmel (12-2; 2-0 Blue) blanked the Fighting Irish behind a one-hitter from University of Kansas-bound LHP Jeremy Kravetz (2-2). The future Jayhawk had three strikeouts and did not walk a man. The Caravan was led by sophomore Ako Thomas who homered, doubled and plated six Caravan runs. Malik Carpenter added a pair of hits and an RBI. Oregon-bound SS Jerry Houston chipped in with a hit and an RBI. 

Fox Valley Crossover

No. 13 Huntley 10, Woodstock North 0
Huntley (10-0; 4-0 Valley) crushed Woodstock North in five innings on Saturday. Eric Luecht (4-0) allowed one hit in his five innings of work to pick up the win. Jake Wagner finished up the last two innings allowing a lone hit. Luecht struck out nine and Wagner fanned three. University of Illinois recruit, junior Mike Skonieczny homered, singled and drove home two runs to lead the Red Raider attack.

No. 21 Jacobs 4, Hampshire 1
Jacobs (9-1-1; 4-0 Valley) won the FVC Crossover behind senior ace RHP Nick Ledinsky (3-0), who fired a four-hitter at the Whip-Purrs. Ledinsky struck out six and the run he allowed was unearned. Connor Conzelman doubled twice and plated two to lead the Golden Eagle attack.

Crystal Lake South 9, Johnsburg 1
Crystal Lake South (7-0; 4-0 Valley) rolled past Johnsburg on Saturday. Gator senior Eric Schiller (2-0) lost his no-hitter with two-out in the seventh. Schiller finished with a one-hitter with five strikeouts. The undefeated Gators scored one run in the second and then hit the SkyHawks with a big five-spot in the third to put this one in the win column. Garrett Bright had two hits and drove home a run for CLS and Tyler Hall chipped in with a single and an RBI.

Cary-Grove 12, Grayslake North 1
Cary-Grove (10-2; 4-0 Valley) ripped Grayslake North in five-innings to stay atop the Valley standings with Huntley, Jacobs and Crystal Lake South. Trojan RHP Zach Marszal had a triple, three singles and drove home five to lead the Trojan attack on Saturday. Marszal also allowed a run and four hits in his four stellar innings to pick up the win. Dean Lee added two hits and two RBI for CG.

McHenry 4, Grayslake Central 3
McHenry (8-4; 2-1 Valley) won a nine-inning thriller in Grayslake on Saturday. Jordan Witbeck singled home the game-winner in the top of the ninth for the Warriors. It was the second hit of the game for Witbeck. RHP Kyle Snedeker fired two scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win. Devon Gehrke chipped in with a pair of hits and an RBI.


No. 10 Lockport 10, Minooka 0
Lockport (9-3) crushed Minooka on Saturday in five innings. Senior RHP Eric Duzan (2-0) fired a two-hit shutout at the Indians with six strikeouts. Purdue-bound Ted Snidanko hammered a solo shot that quickly exited Ed Flink Field in Lockport. Heartland Community College-bound C Derek Bangert had a double and plated three Porter runs. Jeff Pattison chipped in with two hits and an RBI.

Lincoln-Way East 4, No. 7 Mount Carmel 3
Lincoln-Way East (7-2) surprised Mount Carmel (12-3) in eight exciting innings at Haggerty Field on Saturday. Red-Hot Tommy Feussel hammered a game-tying blast in the top of the seventh and then Chad Prieto went deep for the eventual game-winner in the top of the eighth for some late-inning Griffin magic. Brent White (1-0) fired three scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first victory of the season.

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 4, Yorkville 3
SHG (9-2) slipped past Yorkville in Springfield on Saturday afternoon. Junior C Mitch Trees led the Cyclone attack with a homer, single and plated a pair of SHG runs. Keith Zanger fired three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

Aurora Central Catholic 5-19, Genoa-Kingston 2-5
Red-Hot Aurora Central Catholic (12-1) swept away the Cogs on Saturday. In game one Charger Michael Fidler (2-0) picked up the win on the mound for ACC. Andrew Buss nailed down the save and plated a pair of Charger runs. Phil Schuetz chipped in with a pair of hits. In the five-inning nightcap, Jake McCarthy went deep and Ian Klespitz (2-0) picked up the win on the mound.

Montini 4, Washington 2 
Montini (8-1) defeated Washington on Saturday behind the Frontzak brothers. Starting and winning pitcher Sean needed and received relief help from brother Eric who nailed down the save for his bro. Batterymate C, Tom Long had a clutch RBI single to lead the Broncos. Chris Bartosz had a clutch RBI double and the Red-Hot Austin Kline had an off-day for him, going only 1-for-2.

Springfield 4, No. 19 Pleasant Plains 3
Springfield (6-8) tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the sixth and then won it with a ruin in the bottom of the seventh in the Capital City on Saturday. Dane Minder fired a hitless seventh inning against the Cardinals to pick up the win. Pleasant Plains (7-3-1) would fall to Yorkville 9-7 under the lights in Pleasant Plains.

Evanston 3, No. 22 Libertyville 2
Evanston (11-3) hung on to defeat the Wildcats in Libertyville on Saturday. The Wildkits took a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the seventh and barely hung on. Wildkit LHP Charlie Binford allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to get the win with relief help from closer James Hageman who retired the last Libertyville hitter to nail down the save. Brandon Vamarasi had two hits and an RBI to lead the ‘Kits. 

Batavia 12, West Aurora 0
Batavia (11-1) blanked the Black Hawks in five innings behind a three-hit shutout from Luke Horton. Horton helped himself at the plate with a single double and three RBI. Senior Aaron Hurd added a double and three RBI. Robbie Bowman chipped in with a single and plated two Bulldog runs.

Big 12

No. 24 Normal West 11-13 Champaign Central 0-0
Storm a Warnings are out in McLean County. Normal West (11-3; 1-0) rolled to its sixth straight victory sweeping Champaign Central on Saturday. In game one, University of Illinois RHP Matthew James raised his record to 5-0 with a two–hitter with eight strikeouts in his six-inning gem. Wildcat sophomore Reid Birlingmair had three hits, scored four runs and plated three more to lead the ‘Cats past Central. Tyler Ort added two hits and two RBI for West.

In the nonconference nightcap, Nick Hieb improved to 4-0 allowing one hit in his three shutout innings. In the two games, not one Maroon base runner reached third base. Ort was at it again in game two, with two more hits and ribbies for the ‘Cats. Junior Reed Rogers had a perfect day at the plate with a HBP, a base-on-balls and a booming two-run double.

During the six-game Wildcat streak which includes victories over No. 25 Metamora and powerhouse programs Chatham Glenwood and O’Fallon, the ‘Cats have outscored their opponents 66-22.

Normal Community 1-13, Danville 0-6

Normal Community (7-4; 1-0) won a classic in the Big 12 conference matchup in game one. EIU-bound Chase Thurston fired 9 1/3 scoreless innings for Danville. Normal Community’s Randy Heideman struck out 13 in his nine-innings of shutout baseball. Heideman singled home the game winner with two outs in the 11th, making a winner of Ironman closer Mike Lewis (3-0). In the nonconference nightcap, Alex Zadoks had a perfect 2-for-2 day at the plate with four RBI. Austin Jones had three hits and a pair of RBI and Hunter Baily (2-1) picked up the win on the mound.

On Tuesday at West and on Thursday at Normal Community, the annual cross-town battle between the Ironmen and the Wildcats will commence at 4:30. The game the last couple of seasons were played at the Corn Crib but this season they will be played at campus sights.

Central State 8

DuPage Valley

Glenbard East 13, No. 12 Naperville Central 10
Glenbard East (5-10; 1-2) salvaged the third game of its series with the 12th-ranked Redhawks on Saturday. DJ Spears homered, singled and drove home three runs. Tyler Berhent added a pair of doubles and plated four big Ram runs.

Naperville Central’s (7-3; 2-1) Creighton-bound Nick Lopez, hammered a grand-slam in the first inning only to have the Rams answer with a 7-spot in the bottom of the first. Jeff Schank had a pair of doubles and an RBI while Jimmy Nashert and Brian Schiemann chipped in two RBI’s each.


No. 25 Metamora 5, East Peoria 2
Metamora (12-3; 4-0) rolled past East Peoria behind a six-hitter from Arizona-recruit Trent Johnson. Johnson allowed one earned run and had eight strikeouts. Brady Fairfield had two hits and drove home a Redbird run. Alec Skender chipped in with a single and an RBI for the M-I leaders.

East Suburban Catholic

Joliet Catholic Academy 7-3, Notre Dame 5-2
Joliet Catholic Academy (8-5; 2-0) swept away feisty Notre Dame in the ESCC-openers for both schools. Purdue-recruit sophomore LHP Nick Dalesandro (2-0) pitched and hit the Hilltoppers to victory in game one. Dalesandro allowed one earned run with seven strikeouts, in his six-inning stint on the mound to get the win. At the plate the future Boilermaker was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Notre Dame (5-8; 0-2) was led by Sam Ferri and Joe Kukla who both had two hits and an RBI for the Dons.

In game two, the Hilltoppers slipped past the Dons in eight thrilling innings to complete the sweep. Dalesandro once again led the Hilltopper offense with a pair of doubles and scored a run. RHP Cal Placher (2-2) fired three hitless innings in relief of Hilltopper starting RHP Kyle Polaski, to pick up the win. Notre Dame Freshman Sam Ferri, once again led the Dons with two hits and an RBI.

No. 8 Nazareth 9-1, St. Viator 2-6
Nazareth (11-1-1, 1-1) split its opening ESCC twin-bill in Arlington Heights on Saturday. In game one, the Roadrunners exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh. Mike Stromberg had two hits, including a double and drove home three runs while Tim DalPorto added three Roadrunner RBI. Jake Bartels chipped in with two hits, including a double and two RBI. RHP Kyle Piotrowski allowed one run in six innings to pick up the win.

St. Viator (6-6; 1-1) salvaged a split behind Lion ace Patrick Martin. Martin fired a four-hitter at the Roadrunners.

West Suburban Gold

Downers Grove South 5-9, Morton West 3-3
Downers Grove South (11-3; 7-1) swept away Morton West on Saturday in Berwyn in a crucial WSC-Gold twin-bill. In game one in the “Battle of the Mustangs,” DGS struck for two runs in the top of the seventh to break up a 3-3 tie and go on to victory. Leadoffman Zak Taylor had two doubles and drove home the game-winner in the top of the seventh. University of Pacific-bound Danny Mayer added three hits, including a double and had an RBI. SS Kevin Raher continued his hot hitting in Gold contests with a single double and two runs scored. Zach Burdi (Iowa) chipped in with a pair of RBI. RHP Brian Glowicki allowed one earned run with seven K’s in his 5 1/3 innings of work. LHP Nick Alfini (5-0) fired 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief to scavenge another Mustang win on the mound

DGS scored six runs in the first inning to put an end very early to the game two proceedings in Berwyn. Iowa-bound Zack Burdi doubled twice scored two runs and plated a pair to lead DGS. Anthony Vattimo chipped in with an RBI-triple. Mayer (3-1) picked up the win by allowing three runs in his four innings of work. Zak Taylor fired three scoreless innings of relief with three punch-outs.

Morton West falls to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the WSC-Gold. The two Mustang squads will wrap-up their series in Downers Grove on Monday at 4:30

West Suburban Silver

Lyons Township 10-9, Proviso West 0-0
In game one, Alex Vanucci and Sam Heilenbach tossed  shutout, while Keith Lehmann struck out 10 in five innings in game 2.


Bloomington 10-9, Burlington Central 3-6
Bloomington (9-5) swept away Burlington Central in a nonconference twin-bill on Saturday. In game one, Purple Raider sophomore Charlie Cerney (3-0) went the distance to pick up his third win of the season and went deep and plated two Bloomington runs. Senior Brandon Edwards chipped in with a pair of RBI.

In game two, the Raiders unloaded a long-ball bombardment on the Rockets. Senior Kent Frantz hammered two bombs and three RBI. Starting and winning pitcher Jake Scogin (3-1) had a solid six-inning performance to pick up the win. Scogin also went deep for the Raiders. Cerney chipped in with two RBI.

Mount Vernon 6; Effingham St. Anthony 5
Mount Vernon (14-5) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, to send Ram Nation home happy on Saturday in Mount Vernon. Ram senior Matt Williams’ bases loaded walk-off RBI single, ended the proceedings in Mount Vernon. The defending Class 1A state champions from St. Anthony’s had scored three times in the top of the seventh to grab a 5-4 lead. Mount Vernon senior Colten Meador had a perfect 3-for-3 afternoon, with three RBI for the Rams. Tyler Wilson (3-1) picked up the win on the mound for MV.

Waubonsie Valley 6, Wheaton Warrenville South 5
Waubonsie Valley (6-5) rode the strong left arm of Troy Fumagalli to beat the Tigers on Saturday. Fumagalli fired a six-hitter with 14 strikeouts. Fumagalli allowed one earned run in his complete-game gem. Fumagalli helped himself at the plate with a single and an RBI. 

Grant 3, Warren 2
Grant (8-3) won behind junior Simeon Lucas (1-0), who fired a six-hitter at the Blue Devils on Saturday. Brent Spohr had two hits, including a double and drove home a Bulldog run. Ryan Noda chipped in with a single and an RBI.

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