Illinois Playoff Roundup: May 31 Games



By Drake Skleba
Senior Writer

Saturday May 31

Westmont 6, North Shore Country Day 4
Westmont (26-7-1) rallied past the Tigers to advance to the Benedictine Supersectional on Monday. With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, red-hot Anthony Alessi struck again for the Sentinels, with a booming two-run double for a 6-4 Westmont lead. University of Michigan-recruit Charlie Donovan (3-0) finished off the Tigers in the top of the seventh to pick up the win. The Sentinels will face the Crusaders of Ottawa Marquette at 7 pm on Monday night. Yours truly will be in Lisle for all of the Class 2A Supersectional action at 7.

Joliet West 13, No. 9 Minooka 2
Joliet West (22-13) blasted the Indians in six  innings behind Zach Thomas and Robert Talarico. Thomas fired a three-hitter, allowing just one run and helped himself at the plate with three singles and three RBI. Talarico went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI while Cody Grosse chipped in with three singles and two RBI.

No.16, Edwardsville 1, Alton 0
Edwardsville (30-7) won the regional championship in walk-off fashion as Jake Garella singled home courtesy runner Mitchell Krebs with the Tiger game-winner. Senior Alex Meyers (9-0) outdueled Alton’s 6-foot-7 Bryan Hudson, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.

Stagg 3, Lincoln-Way East 2
Surprising Stagg (17-18) stunned Southwest Suburban Conference Blue Division rival Lincoln-Way East to win the regional championship in Flossmoor. Stagg broke up a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh when Nick Nowak singled home the eventual Charger game-winner. Max Strus mowed down the Griffins in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the win. Strus (4-5) allowed one hit in his 4.2 stellar innings in relief for Stagg. For good measure, Strus homered and drove home two Charger runs. 

Saturday's Roundup includes all the Class 4A and 3A regional final action, and the Class 2A sectional final highlights and results ...

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