Daily Roundup: March 31 Games

Daily Roundup
By Drake Skleba

Senior Writer

Monday March 31
Corn Belt
Mahomet-Seymour 6, Prairie Central 1
Mahomet-Seymour (6-0; 2-0) scored three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to stun Prairie Central in Fairbury on Monday. Jack Rettig led the Bulldog attack with two singles and three RBI. Rettig also struck out four Panther hitters in the bottom of the seventh, one reached on a passed-ball, to nail down the save for starting and winning pitcher Chris Redman. Mike Bohlen chipped in with two hits for M-S.

No. 1 Mount Carmel 8, No. 73 Morgan Park 0
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No.2 St. Laurence 12, No. 42 Lincoln-Way Central 7
St. Laurence (6-0), fresh off their 2014 Chris Moon Memorial Tournament Championship in Tucson Arizona, returned home to Burbank to win a shootout on Monday. Senior Kevin White had two singles, a double, scored three runs and drove home while Mike Finger hammered a blast that exited Viking Field with a man aboard. Purdue-bound Mike Kornacker doubled and drove home a run while NIU-bound Brad Wood checked in with a single and an RBI.

Lincoln-Way Central (1-1) had a single and two RBI from Collin Brauer while Kevin Mampe went 2-for-2 for the Knights. On Tuesday, the Vikings will host No.5 Oak Park at Viking Field in Burbank. Yours Truly will be in Burbank for all of the action.

No, 3 Joliet Catholic Academy 1, No.15 Matamora 0
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No. 4 St. Rita 1, No. 69 Marian Catholic 0
Tennessee-recruit junior RHP Tyler Halas and Notre Dame-bound RHP Jake Shepski fired a combined no-hitter for St. Rita (8-0) at the Spartans. Halas (2-0) fired 5.2 innings of hitless ball, striking out six and walking two. Shepski retired all four Marian Catholic batters he faced to nail down the save. With one out in the Mustang half of the fourth, senior Nick Goldsmith walked with one out. Courtesy runner Danny Gleaves, running for Goldsmith, drew three throws to first from Marian Catholic starting and losing pitcher Bryce Hennessy, before stealing second base. Gleaves moved to third on the second out of the innings and scored on a clutch two-out RBI single from junior Marty Bechina to plate Gleaves for the only run of this early-season classic.
For Marian Catholic (4-4), the hard-luck loser Hennessy (2-1) went the distance allowing one run and just two hits. The game was a first-round battle of the 3rd Annual Steven M. Bajenski Memorial Tournament that concludes from May 22-24.

No. 7 Sandburg 7, Oak Lawn 0
The Eagles finally got their 2014 season underway as John A Logan College-bound RHP Matthias Dietz was almost perfect for the Eagles in Oak Lawn on Monday. Dietz faced 23 Oak Lawn Spartan batters. None hit safely. 12 struck out. Two reached base on walks. An Opening Day no-hitter for the Eagle right-hander. Jim Landgraf singled, doubled and drove home two while Alec Martinez had a pair of singles and an RBI. Peter Paxinos had a single and two RBI and Jim Roche did the same.

No. 10 Providence 8, Marist 6
Providence (2-1) outslugged Marist in New Lenox. The Celtics trailed Marist 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Niko Kutsulis ripped a two-run double for the Celtics to tie the game at 6-6. Kutsulis would finish with three hits and his two game-tying RBI. In the bottom of the sixth, Shawn Cavallone ripped a two-run single to give the Celtics the winning margin. Cavallone also had three hits and three RBI. Marist (4-5) was led by Barrett Callaghan, who had two hits and an RBI while Eric Hansen chipped in with a single and two RBI.

No.12 Lincoln-Way West 10, Bloom 0
RHP Dylan Eller (1-0) and LHP Brandon Gonzales combined on a two-hit shutout as Lincoln-Way West won their season-opener in five innings. Eller allowed the two hits in his four shutout innings while Gonzales fired a hitless fifth. West had only six hits was led by Ryan Hastings who had a single, double, scored three runs and drove one home to lead the Warrior attack.

No. 13 Batavia 2, Kaneland 1
Batavia (2-0) won behind junior LHP Evan Acosta and Bulldog closer Mitchell Boyer. Acosta (1-0) fired four shutout innings, allowing two hits and struck out nine. Boyer struck out the side in the Kaneland (0-1) seventh to pick up the save.

No. 17 Nazareth 8, Kenwood 5
Nazareth (3-0) trailed 3-2 as the game entered the bottom of the fifth, when senior Jake Bartles put the Roadrunners ahead to stay with a two-run single. Later in the inning senior Andrew Baretto would come through with an RBI single to put Nazareth up 6-3. Baretto finished with two singles and two RBI. Kent State-bound Tim DalPorto and Brandon Bossard went deep and LHP Don Kelly picked up the win and Pete Minella nailed down the save.

No. 19 Brother Rice 4, Evergreen Park 1
Brother Rice (7-1) won “The Battle of 99th Street,” defeating the Mustangs in Mount Greenwood behind junior LHP Alex Alarcon and sophomore RHP Ryan Kutt. Alarcon (2-0) allowed a run and four hits in his 4.2 innings with five strikeouts to pick up the win. Kutt allowed two hits in his 2.2 innings of relief to nail down the save for Alarcon. Senior Kyle Hilliard was 2-for-2 with a big two run-double in the sixth. Concordia College-bound Brian Musielak singled and plated a run while Illinois-recruit-junior Mike Massey also contributed a single and an RBI.

No. 20 Plainfield South 5, Herscher 4
Plainfield South (1-0) rallied from a 4-0 first inning deficit to win their season and home-opener in thrilling fashion. With the Cougars down 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Cougar leadoffman Sam Muszynski hammered a game-tying bomb over the left field fence. In the bottom of the seventh, Cougar senior 1B Zach Hammaker walked to leadoff the inning. With two out, Hammaker raced home from second when junior Marko Melgoza ripped a walk-off single to right that rocked the area around Caton Farm Road in Plainfield. (Scouting Notes and Full Report to be posted today from this game).

No. 21 Minooka 7, Lincoln-Way East 5
Minooka (2-0) won a wild-one in Frankfort on Monday. With Lincoln-Way East up 3-1 in the top of the fourth, Joe Butler hit a two-run bomb to center, scoring Grant Pfeiffer ahead of him to tie the score. Later in the inning, Illinois State-bound Mitch Vogrin put the Indians ahead 4-3 with an RBI to center. In the top of the fifth the Butler struck again, with an RBI single to give the Indians a 5-3 lead. Christian Sanchez chipped in for Minooka with a single, double and an RBI. Lincoln-Way East (1-2) was led by Jack Dwyer and Aaron Donald, who both had two singles and an RBI. 

No. 26 Teutopolis 12, Winsor 2
Teutopolis (7-0) rolled in five innings behind senior Darren Probst who singled and homered and drove home four Wooden Shoe runs. Louis Niemerg had two singles and three RBI and Alex Goldstein chipped in with two singles and a double. EIU Bobby Wenthe (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits with nine strikeouts for a complete-game win. Wenthe is hitting a robust .611 with a homer and nine RBI for the Wooden Shoes.

No. 31 New Trier 5, Jasper (IN) 4
New Trier (2-0) opened up a 5-0 lead and then held on to defeat their Hoosier hosts in Jasper. Matt McCaffrey doubled and plated two Trevian runs while senior C Logan Wibble singled and had an RBI. Matt Cohen fired three hitless innings of relief to nail down the save for Amherst College-bound RHP Drew Fischer (1-0).

No. 43 Cary-Grove 8, No. 64 Fremd 7
Cary-Grove (2-2) exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh to stun Fremd and send the Trojan fans dancing into the streets around the school. Trailing 6-1 as the game headed to the bottom of the seventh, it looked rather dismal for Trojan fans. John Cerone made it 6-2 with an RBI double. Matt Sutherland singled home Cerone and it was 6-3.Rob Johnson’s RBI single with the bases loaded made it 6-4. A Viking error made it 6-5. Jimmy Perkins got plunked to force in the tying run and then Willie Hartke coaxed the walk-off bases loaded walk and there was great joy in Cary.

No. 58 Grayslake Central 12, Round Lake 4

Grayslake Central (3-2) romped past Round Lake in Grayslake. Devin Moran and Jeff Terronez each plated a pair of runs for the victorious Rams.

No. 63 St. Francis 12, Fluvanna County (VA) 0
The defending Class 3A runner-up Spartans romped past the Virginians at Disneyland on Monday. Nick Dama singled, tripled, scored two runs and plated three to lead the Spartan onslaught. Junior RHP Kevin Sullivan (1-0) allowed three hits with seven strikeouts in his four shutout innings to pick up the win.

No. 70 De La Salle 10, Shepard 5
De La Salle (1-1) scored seven runs in the third inning to open up a 10-0 lead and coasted to their first win of the season. Sophomore Tom Duddleston hit his first home run of the season with two Meteors aboard. Jalen Davis singled, doubled and drove home a pair while Nick Pettigrew and James Baran each went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

No.72 Crystal Lake South 4, Richmond Burton 1  
Gators improved to 2-0 behind starting and winning pitcher Matt Schingel and junior RHP Mike Avella. Schingle fired five shutout innings at the Rockets allowing two hits with eight strikeouts to pick up the win. Avella nailed down the save with two solid innings in relief allowing an unearned run and one hit. Crystal Lake South broke open a 1-0 game with three runs in the sixth inning.

No. 75 Mount Vernon 17, Benton 2
Mount Vernon (3-4-1) scored 12 runs and never looked back in this five-inning contest at Benton City Park. Mount Vernon senior Jake Pike hit a pair of bombs, singled and plated six runs to lead the Ram onslaught.Senior Thomas Weber went deep as well for Mount Vernon.

Scott County (KY) 6, No. 39 Downers Grove South 5 (9 innings)
Downers Grove South (0-1) lost an extra-inning heartbreaker in Kentucky. The Mustangs, trailing 5-1, erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh, to send the game to extra-innings. Kyle May brought the Mustangs within 5-3 when he ripped a two-run double. Senior Zac Taylor singled home May and the ‘Stangs within one. DGS would tie the game when Taylor would score on a groundout. In the bottom of the ninth Scott County’s Scott McKenzie hammered a line drive shot over the left field fence, which sent DGS to the heart-breaking defeat.

Glenbard North 4, Elk Grove 2
Glenbard North (3-0) grabbed a 4-1 lead after three innings and hung on to defeat Elk Grove in Carol Stream on Monday. Sam Ledbetter and Luke Greenberg led the Panther attack. Ledbetter singled and had two RBI while Greenberg chipped in with a single and an RBI. Starting and winning pitcher Kyle Crites (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings to pick up the win. Panther closer Tom Potts, nailed down his second save of the year, fring 2.1 innings of scoreless relief allowing one hit and fanning five.

Elk Grove (0-1) was by Johnny Assimakopoulos who had two doubles and two RBI for the Grenadiers.

Grant 8, Barrington 6
Simeon Lucas and Ryan Noda both homered off Wyatt Trautwein to power GHS past host Barrington 8-6.  It was Grant's first game, after having 7 cancelled games to start the season. 

Montini 4, Peotone 3
Austin Kline and Jake Mencacci each had an RBI to lift Montini over Peotone in eight innings. Eric Frontzak with the Win for Montini (1-0).

Manteno 13, Kankakee 2
Manteno (1-0) won their season-opener in five innings in Kankakee. The Panthers scored five in the first and never looked back behind Drew Nichols, who was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Ryan Snyder also went 3-for-3 with a single, triple and two RBI. Brock Crews added two singles and two RBI while winning pitcher, senior Jack Liss helped himself at the plate with two singles and two RBI. On the mound, Liss (1-0) allowed one run, three hits and struck out seven in his solid four-inning performance.

Aurora Central Catholic 20, IMSA 7
Aurora Central Catholic (3-1) bounced back from Sunday’s loss to No. 19 Brother Rice and trounced IMSA in Aurora. Christian Latham picked up the win on the mound and Alec Lincar homered for the Chargers. Hunter Fiorito and Andy Czerak had multiple-hit games for ACC.

Rockford Boylan 1, Rockford Lutheran 0  
Dalton Robinson singled home Will Troia in the bottom of the first for the only run Rockford Boylan starting RHP Joe Ferhle (1-0) and LHP Ryan Stanicek would need as the Titans won their season-opener at Boylan on Monday. Ferhle and Stanicek would combine on a two-hit shutout. Ferhle fired the first five innings allowing one hit with five strikeouts. Stanicek completed the shutout with two scoreless innings of relief to pick up a save. Ferhle added a pair of singles at the plate.

Prospect 11, No. 64 Glenbrook North 1
Prospect (2-0) romped past GBN behind Grant Miller, who singled, doubled and drove home three runs. Tomy Flahaven also plated three Knight runs and Mike Piotrowski had two singles and two RBI. RHP Jordan Fedro (1-0) fired three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to pick up the win.

Rolling Meadows 2, York 1
York (0-2) jumped out in front in the top of the first on an RBI single from Anthony Santos. Rolling Meadows (1-0) answered with two runs of their own and went on to a thrilling 2-1 win in Rolling Meadows. Starting and winning LHP Eric Schurtz (1-0) drove home the first Mustang run and then pitched six quality innings allowing one runs and four hits to pick up the win. RHP Ryan Differding pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the save. Brett Gibson chipped in with a perfect 2-for-2 day for Meadows.

Lisle 12, Immaculate Conception 2
The defending Class 2A Lions from Lisle (1-2) picked up their first win of the season on Monday. Christian Grego, Bailey Welch, Alex Sokolowsi and George Swedie all had two hits and an RBI for Lisle. Swedie (1-0) picked up the win on the mound allowing two runs and three hits with five strikeouts in five innings.

Highland Park 9, Morton 0
Highland Park (2-0) romped past Morton West at Wolters Park in Highland Park. Starting and winning RHP Kaplan Bradley (1-0) and RHP Liam Carter fired a combined six-hit shutout. Bradley (1-0) threw the first five innings, allowing five hits and Carter finished up with two scoreless innings. Mils Justin led the Giant attack with two hits and three RBI while Zach Nankin, who won the 1-0 De La Salle game on Saturday, went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Glenbard South 4, Meade County (KY)
Glenbard South (1-0) won a gift-wrapped victory in Myrtle Beach SC. The Raiders trailed 2-1 heading into the top of the sixth. The Raiders tied the score on a Meade County miscue. The Raiders were handed two more unearned runs and the victory in the seventh. Raider starting pitcher Nick Yangas (1-0) went the distance allowing one earned run and five hits with eight strikeouts to pick up the win. Senior Will Cornwell had a single and an RBI.

Salem 5, Effingham St. Anthony 0
Salem’s LHP TJ Alberson (1-0) and LHP Riley Martin fired a combined one-hit shutout at St. Anthony’s. Alberson fired the first six allowing the hit with three strikeouts and three walks. Martin pitched a hitless seventh, walking three and striking out three to end the contest. Zach Tate had three singles and an RBI for the Wildcats while Brock Irwin added two singles and two RBI. Jared Banning chipped in with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate.

Downers Grove North 8, Plainfield East 7
Downers Grove North (1-0) had to withstand a five-run Plainfield East (1-3) rally to survive and get out of Plainfield with a season-opening win. Paul Cappetta had two doubles and three RBI to lead the DGN attack. Brendan Shanahan chipped in with two singles and an RBI for the Trojans. For Plainfield East Jordan Blackman singled and homered and drove home two Bengal runs. Jovany Urbieta tripled and drove home three runs for PE.

Highland 8, Stagg 0
Highland (3-1) hit Stagg with a seven-run second which put a quick ending to the contest. Starting pitcher Grant Goeppert and Hunter Coker combined for the two-hit shutout. Goeppert gave up the two hits with six strikeouts in his five inning stint and Coker fired two hitless with three strikeouts to preserve the shutout. Joe Duncan led the Bulldogs with a triple and three RBI.

Highland 22, Breese Central 3  
Highland (4-1) scored seven times in the first inning and seven more in the fifth to end this one. Chris Closterman hit a three-run homer for the Bulldogs.

Notre Dame 10, Hersey 2
Hersey scored twice in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. The host Dons answered with five runs of their own and rolled to their first victory of 2014. Notre Dame (1-2) starting RHP Adnan Sator allowed two unearned runs without a hit and walked seven in his three innings of work on the mound to pick up the win. RHP Patrick Dillon fired four hitless innings at the Huskies to finish up the combined no-no for the Dons. Joe Rimac led the Don attack with a single, doubled, scored two runs and drove in four. John Draths had a perfect 3-for-3 day with two singles, a double and two RBI.

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