Daily Roundup: April 15 Games



By Drake Skleba
Senior Writer

For Games of April 15

Catholic League Crossovers

No. 7 St. Laurence 11, Bishop McNamara 0
St. Laurence (11-3; 4-0 Blue) hammered the Fighting Irish in six innings at Viking Field in Burbank on Monday. RHPs Frank Greco (1-0) and Steve Schultz combined for a three-hit shutout. Greco allowed two hits in his five scoreless innings of work and Schultz finished up the game allowing one hit.

Purdue-recruit junior Mike Kornacker had two doubles a single and drove home three Viking runs. Senior Zach Lewis had a bomb and plated three Viking runs. Austin Peay-recruit C TJ Marik chipped in with a double and two RBI.

No.11 Mount Carmel 5, St. Joseph 3
Mount Carmel (14-3; 4-0 Blue) struck early with a run in the first and three more in the second and hung on to defeat the Chargers at Haggerty Field on Monday. Red-Hot Caravan sophomore Malik Carpenter had three hits, including a homer and an RBI to lead the MC attack. Oregon-bound SS Jerry Houston added three singles and an RBI while sophomore Ako Thomas singled and plated a pair of Caravan runs. Senior LHP Austin Dodson allowed two runs in his stellar six innings of work to pick up the win. Dodson had eight punch-outs.

Brother Rice 4, Gordon Tech 2
Brother Rice (7-4; 2-1 Blue) defeated Gordon Tech in 5 ½ innings in Mount Greenwood on Monday. The Crusaders were led by Claflin College-bound LHP Wendall Ferguson. Ferguson (1-0) fired a six-hitter at the Rams with nine strikeouts. Ferguson also was perfect at the plate with a double and a single in his two plate appearances. Kevin Sullivan and Jon Barry each singled and drove home a Crusader run.

Southern Illinois River-River Ohio

No. 14 Harrisburg 2, Massac County 1
Harrisburg (15-2; 6-1) avenged its only SIRR-Ohio defeat by defeating the Patriots in dramatic fashion in Harrisburg on Monday. Bulldog Justin Younger’s walk-off single, plated Brady Mayer with the game-winner and sent the Harrisburg fans home happy. Harrisburg starting and winning pitcher Cody Hall gave up an unearned run in the first inning and went on to no-hit MC with seven strikeouts.

Herrin 7, West Frankfort 3
Herrin (12-5; 6-1) kept pace with Harrisburg atop the SIRR-Ohio standings on Monday. Aaron Cheatham and Stephen Benjamine led the Tiger attack with two hits and two RBI each. On Tuesday, the Tigers will host Harrisburg in a first-place battle at 4:30. On April 4 Harrisburg defeated Herrin 6-0 in Harrisburg.  

Benton 12, Murphysboro 8
Benton (12-8; 4-3) outslugged Murphysboro behind sophomore Michael Ward, who had three hits scored a pair of runs and plated one. Zach Mocaby singled and doubled and had an RBI while Cameron Rock singled and had two RBI for the Rangers.

Nonconference

No. 8 Huntley 7, Notre Dame 3
Huntley (11-0; 6-0 FVC-Valley) rallied past Notre Dame, scoring three times in the fifth and adding a pair of runs in the sixth to prevail in Niles on Monday. Nebraska-bound Bryce Only hit a solo-shot, his third round-tripper of the year, while Louisville-bound Colin Lyman had a pair of singles and an RBI for undefeated Huntley. RHP Nick Constantino picked up the win with relief help from LHP Tommy Regan who fired two hitless innings to nail down the save.

No. 13 Nazareth 5, Ridgewood 4
Nazareth (12-1-1) slipped past Ridgewood in a nonconference affair on Monday. Mike Noesen had two hits and two RBI to lead the Roadrunner attack. Carl Jackson added a single and an RBI while Andrew Barreto was 2-for-2. Mike Stromberg had a 3-for-4 day for Nazareth. RHP’s Joe Nelson and Dan Kienzel combined for a six-hitter with a dozen punch-outs. Nelson allowed four hits and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings while Kienzel also fanned six and allowed two hits in his 2 1/3 inning relief performance to nail down the save.

No. 20 Teutopolis 15, Charleston 4
Teutopolis (13-2) smashed Charleston behind the booming bat of Wooden Shoes’ leadoff man Jared Waldhoff. Waldhoff singled doubled homered and plated four T-Town runs. Chase Wendling added a double homer and had two RBI while Derek Smith homered singled and drove in two as well. Bobby Wenthe joined the Shoes long-ball barrage with a solo-shot.

Central Suburban Crossovers

Evanston 10, Maine East 0
Evanston (12-3; 2-0 South) crushed Maine East in six innings on Monday behind a combined one-hit shutout by RHP Mackenie O’Neil and RHP Jackson Mehevc. O’ Neil fired four no-hit innings at the Blue Demons and Mehevc allowed one hit in his three innings of relief. Brandon Vamarasi continued his assault on the baseball with three more hits, including a double and plated three Wildkit runs. Julian Gonzales added a pair of hits, including a double and also plated three runs for Evanston.

DuPage Valley

Glenbard North 4, Glenbard East 1
Glenbard North (7-4; 4-0) stayed atop the DVC with a big win over district-rival East on Monday. Panther starting and winning Matt Frawley went the distance allowing one run and six hits. Frawley fanned 11 Ram hitters. Brandon Kressner tripled singled and drove home a Panther run.

No. 22 Wheaton North 10, West Chicago 3
Wheaton North (10-2; 3-1) cruised behind a five-hit masterpiece from Falcon RHP Lake Bacher. Bacher allowed one earned run and had 11 punch-outs in his complete-game gem on Monday. Bacher helped himself at the plate with a single double and two RBI. Tom Colletti and Jeff Harper had two hits  apiece and each plated a pair of Falcon runs.

Fox Valley Crossovers

Crystal Lake South 11, Grayslake North 1
Crystal Lake South (8-0; 5-0 Valley) crushed a quality Grayslake North team in five innings on Monday. Gator ace Tyler Hall (4-0) fired a four-hitter at North with four strikeouts. Troy Bittenbender had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, with two singles two doubles and drove home three Gator runs. Casey Oliver hammered a two-run bomb while Mike Danca chipped in with a pair of singles and an RBI.

Jackie Robinson North

Lane Tech 12, Lake View 3
Lane Tech (8-7; 4-0) hammered Lake View to stay atop the JR-North standings on Monday. Lake View scored three times in the top of the first only to have the Indians answer with an eight-run explosion. Rudy Vargas led the Indian attack with a single double triple and three RBI. Jeremy Dixon added a single triple and plated a pair for LT. Walter Nolan-Chum chipped in with a pair of RBI.

Jackie Robinson South

Simeon 7, Kenwood 3
Simeon (6-4; 2-1) defeated Kenwood behind a complete-game performance from LHP Rhakeem Thomas. Thomas had five strikeouts. Red-hot EIU Bound SS Marshawn Taylor was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Louisville-bound CF Corey Ray chipped in with a single and an RBI.

Mid-Suburban East

Elk Grove 12, Prospect 2
Elk Grove (9-3; 2-0) trailed Prospect 2-0 as its MSL-East battle went to the bottom of the fifth. 12 Grenadier runs later the EG contingent gathered on the banks of Salt Creek went home very happy. Grenadier leadoff man Luc DiMaso had three singles scored twice and plated three runs to lead the Elk Grove onslaught. Petar Arbov added two singles a double and three RBI. Grenadier RHP David Camacho fired a two-hitter at the Knights to pick up the win.

Mississippi Valley

Highland 6, Jerseyville 3
Highland (12-3; 3-0) scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to rally past Jerseyville on Monday. Red-Hot EIU-bound RHP Jake Harberer, homered doubled twice and plated three Bulldog runs. The bomb was Harberer’s fifth of the season. The future Panther is now hitting a robust .460 with the aforementioned five dingers and 24 RBI. Harberer (3-0) picked up the win on the mound, allowing two earned runs and seven hits in his solid six inning performance. Bulldog closer Mitch Carriger nailed down his third save of the season with a scoreless seventh.

Mascoutah 3, Waterloo 0
Mascoutah (12-5; 3-0) kept pace with Highland with its stunning white-washing of Waterloo (10-3; 2-1) on Monday. Indian junior Ryan Netemeyer (3-0) fired a six-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and gave himself the only runs he would need, when he hammered a two-run bomb in the first inning. The game-winning blow was the second round-tripper for Netemeyer in 2013.

North Suburban Lake

Libertyville 8, Zion Benton 1
Libertyville (9-2-1; 2-0) trounced the Zee-Bees on Monday behind a stellar five inning performance from Wildcat LHP Mike Townsend. Townsend fired five shutout innings allowing one hit with six strikeouts to pick up the win. Junior C Evan Skoug continued to crush the baseball. Skoug singled, tripled and drove home a pair of Wildcat runs. Matt Vogt added two hits and an RBI.

Suburban Christian Blue

Montini 2, Aurora Christian 1
Montini’s (11-1; 6-0) Bob Dobosenski (4-0) outdueled Aurora Christian’s University of Iowa-bound JT Baksha (2-2) in a classic pitchers' duel at the Stewart Sports Complex in Aurora on Monday. Dobosenski fired a four-hitter at the Eagles with 12 strikeouts. The Eagle run was unearned. Baksha went the distance allowing one earned run and four hits. The future-Hawkeye fanned an even dozen.

Montini scored twice in the top of the sixth to break out in front 2-0. The inning was highlighted by a clutch RBI single by the hard-hitting Bronco, Austin Kline. Aurora Christian answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Eagle C PJ Cole.

Suburban Christian Gold

Aurora Central Catholic 5, St. Edward 4
Aurora Central Catholic’s (13-1; 6-0) first-year Head Coach Sean Bieterman has quickly restored a return to the glory days of the 80s for the Chargers in 2013. Trailing 4-3 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh in Aurora, Bieterman’s Chargers pulled out this thriller on a walk-off single by Hunter Fioritos. Red-Hot Phil Schuetz and Matt Rahn, each had a pair of hits and Charger starting and winning pitcher Andy Bruss, went the distance and had eight punch-outs.

Under long-time ACC Head Coach Mark Lindo, the Chargers finished second in Class A in 1980, brought the Class A state championship trophy back to Aurora in 1982 and finished second again in 1983. Lindo is currently the pitching coach at Naperville North High School.

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