Prep Baseball Report

Daily Roundup: May 7 Games

By Drake Skleba
Senior Writer

For Games of May 7


No. 1 Lincoln-Way North 9, Benet Academy 9
Benet Academy’s Chris Whelan’s clutch two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh tied this thriller at 9-9. After the final Redwing out in the seventh the game was called due to darkness. The two teams combined for 18 runs and 29 hits.

Lincoln-Way North (24-1-1) was led by Josh Reid, who had three hits, including a pair of doubles and drove home three Phoenix runs. Seniors, IB Reed Hero and C Ryan Pellack each had two singles and two RBI.

Benet Academy (16-6-1), who has quietly had a fine season under second-year coach Scott Lawler, was led C Kevin Jendra. The senior C had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, including a double and drove home four runs. Whelan finished with a pair of hits and two RBI and Jason Blohm chipped in with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Lincoln-Way North (24-1-1; 10-0) will look to wrap up another Southwest Suburban Red championship when the invade Tinley park and face the second-place T-Bolts of Andrew (18-8; 8-2) today at 4:30.

Catholic Blue

No. 2 St. Laurence 4, Brother Rice 1
St. Laurence (20-6; 13-2) defeated archrival Brother Rice (17-9; 9-6) behind senior Zach Lewis. Lewis ripped a pair of doubles and drove home two Viking runs and then struck out three Crusaders in his spotless seventh inning on the mound to nail down the save for Purdue-recruit junior RHP Mike Kornacker (5-1). Kornacker worked the first five innings allowing just five hits and no runs.

With the win and Mount Carmel’s loss at St. Rita on Tuesday, the Vikings clinch a tie for the CCL-Blue and sit alone in first-place. On Saturday in Mount Greenwood, the Vikes will try for an outright CCL-Blue title when they face the Crusaders at 11.

No. 5 St. Rita 7 No. 6 Mount Carmel 6
St. Rita (25-5; 12-3) 7 squeezed past Mt. Carmel (23-6; 12-3) on a perfectly executed suicide-squeeze bunt by St. Joseph’s College-bound 1B Marty Napleton. Napleton’s game-winner plated senior 3B Andy Massey and the large Mustang contingent headed home very happy. Senior Connor McClain had two hits including a bomb that left the premises at 7740 South Western Avenue. The Mustangs and the Caravan will renew their storied rivalry at Haggerty Field at 11 on Saturday.

Loyola 6, Providence 2
Loyola (12-17; 7-8)

DuPage Valley

No. 10 Naperville Central 5, No. 21 Wheaton North 4
Naperville Central (17-5; 12-3) swept away Wheaton North (18-6; 10-5) in 11 thrilling innings in Naperville on Tuesday. Redhawk senior Brian Schiemann ripped a two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th that sent the Redhawk Nation dancing down the adjacent Naperville River Walk
with joy.

Butler-bound Jeff Schank had two hits and drove home a Redhawk run while senior Jimmy Nashert doubled and had an RBI. Sophomore Bobby McMillan added a single and a pair of RBI. RHP Pat Maloney fired two spotless innings in relief to pick up the win.  

Big 12

No. 3 Normal West 6, Bloomington 5
Normal West (22-3; 8-0) Bloomington (21-8; 7-1)
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Central State 8

Springfield 5 No. 11 Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin 4
Springfield (14-11; 10-3) stunned SHG (17-5; 9-4) at Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield behind junior Senator Jon Bradshaw. Bradshaw singled and drove home two runs in leading the Senators past the Cyclones in the CS8 standings and clinching at least a share of the Springfield City Series crown. Senator senior Connor Jacobs picked up the win on the mound to improve to 5-1.

Southwest Prairie

No. 20 Plainfield South 17, Oswego 1
Plainfield South (17-4; 13-2) hammered Oswego in five innings on Tuesday to stay ½ game ahead of Minooka in the SWPC. Matt Cranley had three hits including a triple and plated four Cougar runs while SS Ricky Salazar had a pair of doubles and also plated four runs for PS. Cougar C John McNulty chipped in with two hits and two RBI. McNulty is hitting .439 with a team-leading five homers and 28 RBI. Cougar ace RHP Ryan McQueen (6-0) fired a four-hitter at the Panthers to pick up the win.   

Minooka 5, Romeoville 0
Minooka (17-7; 13-3) won for the eighth consecutive time blanking Romeoville behind a one-hit shutout from junior RHP Mitch Vogrin. Vogrin (4-2) struck out an even dozen Spartan hitters in his masterpiece. Indian junior leadoffman Neal Tyrell homered singled and drove in two runs to lead the rampaging Indians.


Waterloo 5, Highland 2
Waterloo (18-6; 5-3) surprised MC leader Highland (19-8; 6-2) behind senior Jeremy Rettig. Rettig allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings of work to pick up the win. Bulldog closer Devin Rice retired the last two Highland Bulldog hitters to nail down the save for Rettig. Rettig helped himself at the plate with a pair of singles and RBI.


No.23 O’Fallon 8 , Alton 1
O’Fallon (20-8; 9-2) won for its eighth in a row, blasting Alton (18-9; 3-8) on Tuesday. Panther senior RHP Tyler Herbert (4-3) allowed one run and five hits in his stellar six-inning performance to pick up the Panther win. Herbert fanned five and did not walk a batter. Senior Ethan Wild led the Panther attack with a single double and four RBI. Wild also finished up the game on the mound with a scoreless seventh inning. Collin chipped in with three hits including a double.

Belleville West 5, Belleville East 1
Belleville West (15-9; 8-3) kept pace with O’ Fallon winning the battle with cross-town rival Belleville East (15-9; 7-4) on Tuesday. Junior Parker Beine fired a three-hitter at the Lancers to improve to 5-3 on the mound. Senior Aaron Meyer led the Maroon attack with two hits including a double and an RBI. Belleville West will host SWC leader O’ Fallon on Thursday at 4:30.

Edwardsville 7, Collinsville 0
Edwardsville (20-8; 8-4)

Western Big 6

No.14 Rock Island Alleman 8-6; Quincy 2-7
Rock Island Alleman (20-3; 8-2) dropped the nightcap of its crucial WB6 twin-bill Tuesday night with the Blue Devils. With the loss and Galesburg’s (19-6; 8-2) twin-bill sweep of United Township the Pioneers and Silver Streaks will share the WB6 championship for 2013. In game one, Pioneer leadoffman Connor Whan led Alleman past Quincy (9-13; 4-6) with three hits and three RBI. University of Illinois-bound Cody Sedlock improved to 7-0 on the season with the win.

In game two, the Blue Devils broke up a 6-6 game on a RBI single by Quincy’s Alex Million in the top of the sixth. Million also homered off of Sedlock in game one.

Central Suburban North

Glenbrook North 14, Highland Park 1
Glenbrook North (18-6; 7-4)  

Niles North 12 Deerfield 8
Deerfield (14-8; 7-5)

Central Suburban South

No.9 Glenbrook South 7, Maine South 5
Glenbrook South (18-3; 10-2) survived a four-run Hawk seventh and defeated Maine South (15-7; 10-4) in Glenview on Monday to take over sole possession of first place in the CSL-South. Titan junior Tommy O’ Hara tripled home two runs for the big blow of the game. Senior RHP Sam Koloms picked up the win on the mound with relief help from RHP Mike Lenckos who nailed down the save. Koloms helped himself at the plate with an RBI single.

West Suburban Silver

Hinsdale Central 3 Lyons Township 2
Hinsdale Central (12-10, 8-7) won in walk-off fashion on Tuesday to defeat Lyons Township (15-9; 10-5) in Hinsdale. Red Devil Jacob White hammered a game-winning triple to right field to make a winner of starting RHP pitcher Christian Bokich. Bokich fired a two-hitter at LT with six strikeouts.


No.12 Teutopolis 7, Benton 1
Teutopolis (20-3) rolled past Benton behind a seven-hitter from Wooden Shoes RHP Jared Waldhoff. The Benton run was unearned. Waldhoff helped himself at the plate with two monster triples and an RBI. Chase Wendling chipped in with a double and two RBI for T-Town.

No. 17 Carmel 2, Wauconda 1
Carmel (18-4)

Lincoln Way-West 3, No. 18 Sandburg 2
Sophomore right-hander Steven Skolarz pitched a complete game to updend No. 18 Sandburg (17-6).

Peoria Notre Dame 8, Bloomington Central Catholic 2
Peoria Notre Dame (17-5)

Fox Valley Fox

Grayslake Central 11, Woodstock North 4
Grayslake Central (18-9; 10-5) rolled behind Ram C Kyle Balling. Balling singled doubled tripled and plated three runs to lead the Ram attack. SS Ryan Fontana also tripled among his three hits and scored three runs and drove home one.

Crystal Lake Central 3, Grayslake North 1
Grayslake North (12-6; 9-6) stumbled against Crystal Lake Central on Tuesday and fell out of a first-place tie in the FVC-Fox with Grayslake Central. Grayslake North’s 2B Nick Carmody had three hits to lead the Knight’s attack.  

Fox Valley Valley

No. 18 Huntley 5, Cary-Grove 1
Huntley (20-3; 14-3) scored four times in the top of the 11th to stun Cary-Grove (16-6; 10-4) in Cary on Tuesday. Nebraska-bound Bryce Only singled home the eventual game-winner in the top of the 11TH. Tommy Kiriakopoulus singled home a pair in the 11th. University of Illinois-recruit junior Mike Skonieczny went deep for the seventh time this season and Tyler Albright chipped in with three hits. Red Raider closer Tommy Reagan fired two scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win.

Crystal Lake South 13, Dundee-Crown 5
Crystal Lake South (15-4; 11-4) scored 10 times in the fifth to break this one open and stay within a game of FVC-Valley leader Huntley. Gator ace RHP Tyler Hall (7-1) pitched and hit the Gators to this victory. Hall allowed two earned runs and six hits in his five-innings of work on the mound to get the win. With his bat Hall had two singles two runs scored two RBI and two stolen bases for the Gators. Gator leadoffman Troy Bittenbender drove home four big runs for CLS.

Prairie Ridge 5, Jacobs 1
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Prairie Ridge (17-8; 8-5) Jacobs (16-8; 8-6)

N. Illinois Big 12 West

No. 19 Ottawa 9, Sterling 1
Ottawa (16-2; 10-0) won its 12th consecutive game behind Pirate RHP Kyle Wallbaum. Wallbaum fired a five-hitter at the Golden Eagles and had a pair of singles and three RBI to help himself at the plate. Tabor Griglione singled doubled and plated three runs while Tyler Skolek added two singles and two RBI for the Pirates. Red-hot University of Illinois-bound Pirate CF Mike Hermosillo continued his torrid hitting with two more hits, including a double three runs scored and an RBI.

Interstate 8 North

Westmont 9, Lisle 8
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Westmont (21-4; 12-2), Lisle (14-9-1; 9-4-1)

Interstate 8 South

Herscher 6, Wilmington 3
Herscher (23-2-2, 12-0-1) spotted Wilmington a 3-0 lead and had only two hits but benefitted from 11 Wilmington walks and rally past the Wildcats on Tuesday. Tiger Luke Azzarelli and Austin Mendell had the two Tiger hits. Tiger RHP Jeff Klaman fired a five-hitter at Wilmington. The three Wildcat runs were unearned.

Metro Suburban

Riverside-Brookfield 9, Fenton 3
Riverside-Brookfield (23-3-1; 11-2) took over sole possession of first-place in the MSC behind the booming bat of senior Kevin Garvey. Garvey singled tripled and plated three Bulldog runs under the lights at beautiful Redmond Park in Bensenville.

Illiana Christian 2 Glenbard South 0
Illiana Christian (9-9; 8-5) stunned Glenbard South (14-6; 10-3) and knocked the defending MSC champs out of first place on Tuesday.

Mid-Suburban League East

Rolling Meadows 10, Wheeling 0
Rolling Meadows (13-8-1; 10-1) senior RHP Jack Milas fired a six-inning no-no at the Wildcats on Tuesday. Milas (3-0), a two-time All-MSL quarterback for the Mustang football team, struck out five and did not walk a batter. Dan Hendrickson gave Milas all the run support he would need when he blasted a three-run bomb in the Mustangs six-run second. Senior Zach Schultz chipped in with a single three runs scored and two driven in.

Hersey 5, Buffalo Grove 4
Hersey (9-14; 6-6) held on to defeat Buffalo Grove behind a 2-for-2 day from Dave Milligan. Milligan singled doubled scored a run and drove home two for the Huskies. Ryan Allain chipped in with a single and an RBI for Hersey.

Mid-Suburban West

Barrington 6, Fremd 5
Barrington (17-8; 11-1) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to rally past Fremd on Tuesday and clinch a tie for the MSL West championship. Bronco senior Scott Nelson led the way for the Broncos with three hits, including a double and plated a pair of Bronco runs. Justin Dragoz also singled doubled and had two RBI for Barrington.

North Suburban Lake

No. 4 Mundelein 15, Zion Benton 0
Mundelein (22-2; 7-1)

Stevenson 9, Lake Zurich 2
Stevenson (15-8; 7-2) spanked the Bears on Tuesday to stay within a ½ game of NSC-Lake leader Mundelein. Senior Tony Heiser led the Patriot attack with three hits and two RBI. Sophomore Willie Bourbon went deep for Stevenson and Mitch Goll chipped in with three singles. RHP Matt Allen fired a six-hitter with six strikeouts against the vastly over-rated Bears.

Libertyville 4, Lake Forest 2
Libertyville (18-7-1; 6-3)

N. Illinois Big 12 East

Morris 7, Kaneland 6
Morris (21-6; 9-5) rallied past Kaneland on Tuesday to stay atop the NIB-12 East standings.

South Seven

Mount Vernon 6, Centralia 2
Mount Vernon (24-5-1; 8-1-1) rolled past Centralia behind ram ace Brock Fulkerson. Fulkerson allowed a pair of runs and scattered seven hits in his complete-game gem to improve to 8-1 on the season for the Rams. Jake Pike was a one-man wrecking crew for the Rams against the Orphans. Pike doubled tripled and drove home five runs for the South Seven Conference champions.  

South Suburban Blue

Lemont 7, Oak Forest 1
Lemont (14-4; 13-0)

Upstate 8 River

Batavia 8, Geneva 1
Batavia (19-5; 14-5) Geneva (15-7; 13-7)

Streamwood 8 St. Charles East 7
St. Charles East (16-9; 14-6)

Upstate 8 Valley

No. 24 Lake Park 8, South Elgin 3
Lake Park (20-5; 17-3)

Neuqua Valley 6, Waubonsie Valley 2
Neuqua Valley (19-8; 16-5)

Catholic League White

Gordon Tech 4, De La Salle 2

Bishop McNamara 11, St. Joseph 0

Fenwick 10, St. Ignatius 7 

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