Prep Baseball Report

March 31 Daily Game Roundup


March 31, 2012

By Drake Skleba


Soon to be No.1 No. 2 St. Laurence (9-0) routed Lane Tech 12-0 in five innings in Burbank. Sophomore RHP Mike Kornacker fired a five-inning no-hitter at the Indians with eight strikeouts. Kornacker, ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2014, improved to 2-0 on the mound.

Offensively, junior 3B Zach Lewis and senior SS Mike Rotkvich each plated three Viking runs as the Vikings are expected to sit atop the PBR Super 25 on Monday morning.

No.1 Lyons Township (5-2-1) split a West Suburban Crossover twin-bill with Addison Trail (4-4-1) on Saturday. AT slipped past the Lions 4-3 in the opener and then LT came back in game two and crushed the Blazers 10-0.

Ottawa (6-2) split a pair on Saturday. Metamora (9-2) scored five times in the seventh to stun the Pirates 11-10. Metamora freshman Ethan Skender had a 4-for-5 day with three RBI to lead the Redbirds. Redbird Spencer Gaa slammed the door on the Pirates in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the save. Gaa also had a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a pair of RBI,

The Pirates bounced back and stunned No. 3 Normal West 7-1 behind Pirate Jonah Morris (2-0) who fired a six-hit shutout at the Wildcats striking out nine.

Junior SS Miguel Hermosillo doubled and tripled home a pair of Pirate runs.

Metamora also defeated Normal West (8-2) 4-1 on Saturday.

West Suburban Gold

Hinsdale South (5-2; 1-1 Gold) split a pair of one-run games with Willowbrook. The Hornets won the opener 3-2 behind Illinois State-bound RHP Sean Beasley (1-0), who fired a two-hitter at the Warriors. Willowbrook (3-7; 1-1) won the nightcap 5-4.

Leyden (7-1; 1-1) split with Downers Grove South (5-3; 1-1) in a WSC Gold twin-bill in Downers Grove on Saturday. Leyden took the opener 3-0 behind Eagle ace Angel Sanchez (3-0), who fired a two-hit shutout at the Mustangs.

DGS salvaged the nightcap with a 6-0 combined six-hit shutout from juniors Brian Glowicki (2-1) and Nick Alfini. Mustang junior Zach Burdi tripled in a run for DGS. Sophomore 2B Joe Becht had a pair of RBI singles for the ‘Stangs.

On Tuesday, the PBR’s Drake Skleba will be in Northlake for the big rubber-game of the series.

West Suburban Silver

No. 9 Oak Park (6-1; 1-1) split with Glen bard West (7-2; 1-1) in Glen Ellyn on Saturday. Oak Park won the opener 12-1 behind a six-hitter from Seton Hall-bound LHP Zach Weigel (3-0). The Hilltoppers bounced back in game two for a thrilling 5-4 victory.

Glenbard West sophomore Hayden Carlson (2-0) went the distance with six strikeouts to pick up the win on the mound for GW. Carlson added a pair of hits for the Hilltopers. Senior C Mark Tewrwilliger drove home a pair for GW.  

No. 5 Mt Carmel (10-0) defeated Richards 6-1 on Saturday. Junior RHP Jason Gasser (2-0) fired 6 1/3 innings of one run baseball with six strikeouts for the Caravan. Caravan junior C Tom Hayes plated a run for MC. The Caravan should sit in the No. 2 spot in the PBR Super 25 on Monday.

Blazing-hot Andrew (7-1) knocked off No. 7 Marian Catholic 7-1 behind a three-hit, four-RBI game from T-Bolt SS Pat Elget. T-Bolt senior Pat McGowan improved to 3-0 on the mound for Andrew, allowing just one run in his five innings of work for the T-Bolts. Marian Catholic falls to 6-1.

No. 8 Simeon (8-2) blasted Von Steuben 8-3 in a Jackie Robinson crossover on Saturday. Wolverine juniors Darien Clifton, Marshawn Taylor, and Ro Coleman combined to drive in four Simeon runs. Junior Elbert Dunnigan (2-1) picked up the win on the mound and junior Robert Fletcher chipped in with a pair of hits.

No. 10 Oak Forest (4-1) defeated Lincoln-Way West 13-5 behind four-RBI games from Bengals Cody Murray and Artie Johnson. Oak Forest and Louisville-bound RHP Kyle Funkhouser will host Lemont (4-3) in the first game of a crucial early-season South Suburban Blue Division showdown at Oak Forest on Monday at 4:30. University of Illinois bound-LHP Tyler Jay will be on the mound for the Indians. The PBR’s Drake Skleba will be in Oak Forest with all of the action.

No. 14 Neuqua Valley (3-3) shutout city rival Naperville Central 1-0. Wildcat senior Max Biedrzycki, junior Jon Vlk and junior David Gerber combined for a three-hit shutout of the Redhawks; Biedrzycki fired four no-hit innings to pick up the win for NV. The Wildcats scored the only run they would need when junior C Dylan Goss walked with the bases loaded in the third inning.

No. 17 Plainfield North (5-0) slid past No. 22 Lincoln Way-North 3-2 on Saturday. Zach Zyburt provided the game-winner for Plainfield North with a big RBI double. Junior RHP Brendan Miller (2-0) allowed a run and a hit in 6 1/3 quality innings to pick up the win. L-W North falls to 5-2.

Notre Dame-bound LHP Mike Hearne threw a four-hit shutout to lead No. 19 Marist past St. Rita 6-0. Hearne used his 82-84 mph fastball and command of three pitches to strike out four and walk one.
Senior John McKevitt had an RBI single in the first, and junior CF Marty Mehalek added an RBI single in the fourth. Junior LF Bryan Polak broke it open in the 6th with a bases-loaded triple. Hearne and Marist’s rock-solid defense took care of the rest. Junior LF Bryan Polak is a prospect to watch. He’s a physical, athletic player who hits in Marist’s No. 4 hole. Also, junior 2B Cody Bahanek impressed. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete showed he can turn a double play and had a good overall approach to the game.
-        Scouted by Seth Kenny

No. 24 Mundelein (10-2) smashed Wheeling 11-1 in five innings Saturday. Bloomington (9-2) picked up two hard fought wins over Chatham Glenwood and Highland Park to go undefeated and win the Chatham Glenwood Titan Tournament.

Bloomington defeated Glenwood 4-1 in nine innings. Junior Kent Frantz tossed a 5 hit complete game.  Frantz struck out 5, improving his record to 2-1.  The Raider offense was paced by senior Michael Mardis, who had two hits and the game winning RBI single in the top of the 9th.  Senior Curtis Wiese added two hits.

Bloomington also defeated Highland Park 14-8. BHS senior Jack Cerny improved to 4-0 pitching 4 innings for the Raiders. BHS slammed 13 hits against the Giants.  Senior Curtis Wiese had two more hits and 4 RBI, including a three-run shot off hard throwing Jake Rubin.  Senior Matthew Mardis added two hits and 4 RBI while junior Roman Visintine added three hits and 2 RBI.  Senior catcher Kyle Johnson added two hits.  University of Illinois recruit Jason Goldstein had two hits and an RBI for Highland Park.

 Fenwick (7-0) blanked Kenwood 10-0 in five innings behind Friar Kyle Pulliga, who fired a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts to improve to 3-0 for the Friars. Creighton University-bound SS Ryan Fitzgerald had a perfect 2-for-2 day with two RBI. On Monday the Friars travel to soon to be No. 2 Mt. Carmel and then entertain soon to be No. 1 St. Laurence on Wednesday. The PBR’s Drake Skleba will be in River Forest for all of the action at 4:30.

Galesburg (11-2) won the Silver Streak Invitational Championship on Saturday. Galesburg beat Rock Island Alleman 5-4 in the title game. Streak senior Colton Crain (2-0) pitched into the seventh and picked up the win. Galesburg struck for four runs in the bottom of the first to erase an early 1-0 Pioneer lead. RBI singles followed from senior Zach Riley, junior Drew Nall and junior Tanner Gus-Laird. Illinois State-bound Streak C Chad Johnson doubled home the final run of the inning. The future Redbird has 21 RBI this season.

Sandburg (3-1-1) beat Romeoville 6-1 behind another big day for Eagle Air Force recruit Zach Reks. The future Falcon went deep for the Eagles with two aboard and finished with four RBI to lead the Eagles past Romeoville (3-4). Senior Brent Jurecka (2-0) allowed just one hit in his six shutout innings to get the win.

Nazareth Academy (8-0) completed its sweep of Sangamon County with an impressive 4-0 win at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. Miami of Ohio-bound Ryan Marske (2-0) fired a six-hitter and struck out 11 Cyclone hitters. Marske also had a pair of hits and drove home a run. Senior Dominic Purpura had a perfect 4-for-4 day for the surging Roadrunners.

Plainfield Central (6-2) won a pair at the WJOL Area Invite Tourney on Saturday. The Wildcats crushed Lockport 10-3 in a consolation semifinal behind Wildcat sophomore Matt Ryan, who plated had a two-run double. Lewis University-bound 1B Joe Sparacio launched a triple which plated a Wildcat run. Wildcat senior RHP Anthony Cunniff went the distance for PC.

In the Consolation Title Game, Plainfield Central outslugged its cross-town-rival Plainfield South 13-6. Sparacio drove home three runs and Ryan plated two for the the Wildcats.

The two rivals will open up Southwest Suburban Prairie Conference play, with a big three game series, commencing on Tuesday at Central at 4:30

Hersey (5-0) rode the arm of Dartmouth-bound 6-foot-4 RHP Mike Danielak, as the Huskies defeated Evanston 3-0 on Saturday. Danielak (2-0) struck out 15 for the second time this season and fired a one-hit shutout as Hersey rolled to their fifth consecutive win.

Lake Zurich (7-2) rallied past Prospect 6-5 on Saturday. The Bears spotted the Knights a 5-run cushion after 2 ½ innings. Bear senior Collin Roto had an RBI double and junior Dom Demicco chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Bear junior LHP Tanner Kiser picked up the win on the mound.
Troy-Triad (5-2) outslugged Festus (MO) 9-6 on Saturday. Triad was led by seniors Andrew Range and A.J. Wise, who each had two hits and two RBI for the Knights.

Manteno improved to 11-0 with a 6-3 and 13-1 sweep of Iroquois West on Saturday. Judson College-bound Panther ace Mark Reardanz (3-0) fired a six-hitter and helped himself with a pair of RBI. Senior 3B Billy Liss had a pair of hits. Senior CF J.J. Witherow singled and drove in a run for the Panthers. The fleet-footed Panther stole three more bases to up his season total to 16.

In the second game romp, Manteno scored nine times in the third to put the game away early. Senior Joey Dileo had a perfect 4-for-4 day, with two doubles and four RBI. Junior C Ryan Sample also was perfect at the plate with three hits, including two doubles and an RBI. The Panther perfection continued with junior 1B Derrick Hossellton who was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Four Panther pitchers combined for a two hitter with nine strikeouts. Junior Kevin Sloat (2-0) picked up the win.

Herscher (9-3) swept Streator 2-0 and 5-4 for the Tigers’ sixth consecutive win. NIU-bound LHP Jordan Ruckman (2-1) fired a three-hitter at the Bulldogs with nine Ks in the opener. Tiger junior Evan Regez had a pair of hits to lead the Tiger attack.

In the nightcap, NIU-bound Justin Ruckman (2-1) went the distance for the Tigers with five strikeouts. Tiger Landon Hoffman went deep with two aboard to tie the game at 4-4. Senior Matt Webber plated the game-winner in the top of the seventh with a sac-fly.

Hoffman Estates (5-5) split a twin-bill with Elgin Larkin on Saturday. The Hawks rallied past the Royals in the opener winning the thrilling opener 2-1. Ethan Bloom went deep to knot things at 1-1 when he went deep for the Hawks in the bottom of the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh Hawk Kevin Grudzinski drove home the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.  Jimmy Ward was lights out for the Hawks, firing a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Larkin took the nightcap 4-1.

Champaign Centennial (8-1) swept away Springfield Lanphier 13-8 and 8-0. Charger freshman Grey Schultz had quite a day in Springfield, going 6-for-7 with three RBI. In game two, Charger seniors Zach Owens and Ryan McCluskey combined for a two-hit shutout.

Chatham Glenwood (7-2) fell to Bloomington 4-1 but blasted Williamsville 8-1 in the Titans second game of the day. Titan senior Josh Staggs fired a six-hitter at the Bullets in the Titans second game victory. Titan junior Drake Hupp had a 3-for-3 day at the pate with a pair of RBI.

Carmel (6-1) blanked Stevenson 8-0 on Saturday behind Corsair junior Matt Ryan. Ryan fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for Carmel. Sophomore Quinten Sefcik retired the last two Patriot hitters to combine on the shutout. Ryan had two hits and three RBI to help himself.  Corsair juniors Duncan Amrein and Mike Stahoviak each had two hits and two RBI for Carmel.

Glenbrook South (5-3) defeated Wheaton North 5-0 behind Titan junior RHP Sam Koloms (1-0). Koloms struck out 15 Falcons in his one-hit shutout on Saturday.

Burlington Central (6-3) defeated Grayslake Central 5-3 behind senior Riley Jensen. Jensen (3-0) fired a seven-hitter at the Rams with nine strikeouts. All three runs charged against Jensen were unearned. Jensen helped himself with a single and a double with an RBI. Rocket junior Ryan Schuring doubled home a pair for the Rockets.

Niles West (8-1) defeated Buffalo Grove 6-3 on Saturday.

Fremd (5-2) rocked Notre Dame 9-1 on Saturday. The Viking attack was led by

Josh Jyawook, who plated three Viking runs with a pair of hits. Keith Browning

had a fine three hit-game for the Vikings.

Crystal Lake South (6-4) defeated Deerfield 6-4 on Saturday behind Zach Geib (3-1), who fired a five-hitter at the Warriors. Gator senior Jordan Van Dyck had three hits for CLS and Gator junior 1B Max Meitzler went deep for the Gators and drove in a pair of runs.

Chicago Agricultural Science (5-4) put 25 on the board against out-manned Phillips. Senior P Prince DeMarco fired a no-hitter at the Wildcats and had two hits at the plate. Kevin Stonewall added two doubles and three RBI.

Gordon Tech (9-1) rolled past Francis Parker 10-0 in five innings behind a 10-strikeout complete-game gem by senior RHP Noe Arteaga (4-0).

Schaumburg (5-3) swept away Mather by identical 16-0 scores in five innings

on Saturday behind Schaumburg’s University of Evansville-bound RHP Pat Bellinger (2-0). The future Purple Ace RHP fired a no-no and extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 22.

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