Class 4A St. Laurence Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Public (League) nuisance

Vikings rout city teams to collect another title

St. Laurence made itself a Public League nuisance last week.
And by doing so, the Vikings made themselves a regional champion.
Neither Simeon nor Juarez was able to slow rampaging St. Laurence, which left little to chance in two Class 4A regional games. The host Vikings sent both city foes back home in battered fashion, the result of lopsided outcomes.
Juarez was victimized first, 10-0 last Wednesday, although the Eagles had to share some of the blame for their downfall. Ten errors did nothing to help Juarez, which was limited to three hits and struck out a total of 11 times versus St. Laurence pitchers Frank Greco and Alex Hitney.
Simeon, one of the Chicago Public League’s better baseball-playing schools through the years, figured to give the Vikings more of a test on Saturday, but Mike Kornacker kept that from happening by fanning 12 and silencing the Wolverines on four hits. With no offensive weaponry of which to speak, Simeon was a sitting duck for the Vikings, who bagged a 9-0 triumph in Burbank and along with it a seventh regional title for ninth-year coach Pete Lotus.

Class 4A Mt. Carmel Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

A Saturday silencer

Host Caravan blow past Spartans

  Unlike a year ago, Oak Lawn’s postseason extended into the weekend.
  Mt. Carmel, however, put an emphasis on the second part of that last word when the Spartans came calling Saturday.
  Oak Lawn fell behind 6-0 at the outset and never recovered, eventually absorbing a 13-0 slaughter-rule defeat in the Caravan-hosted Class 4A regional final. The Spartans had reached that contest by virtue of a 6-4 win over Whitney Young in a Thursday semifinal.
  “It says a lot about the quality of [this sectional] — there’s no easy game,” Oak Lawn coach Bill Gerny said. “Everybody has quality ballplayers.”
  That included the Dolphins, although they gambled by holding out their top pitcher on Thursday. The Spartans eventually saw a hurler who handcuffed them but not until the fourth inning, by which time they had constructed a 6-2 lead.

Class 3A Morgan Park Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Hosts have the most

Mustangs fall short vs. Morgan Park

 There was no doubt the Mustangs were going to win Saturday’s Class 3A Morgan Park Regional final.

  It was simply a matter of determining which group of them would do so. That wound up being the hosts.
  Behind Christian Lipscomb’s four-hit, seven-strikeout showing on the hill and Jamal Martin’s clutch two-run single in the fifth, Morgan Park squeezed out a 2-1 triumph over Evergreen Park and prevented the latter from duplicating its deep playoff run of a year ago. The Mustangs reached a sectional championship game last spring for the first time in program history.
  “This one’s going to take a while to get over,” Evergreen coach Mark Smyth said. “It was a tough one on Saturday. Obviously [in] a 2-1 game, there’s going to be a number of places where you could say, ‘If we would have done this differently or if this would have happened,’ but that’s baseball.”

Coming to a Screeching halt

  • Written by Frank Gogola

Mt. Assisi Academy students departed school for the final time last Friday.

One day later, the Screeching Eagles’ athletic existence ceased as well.
When Mt. Assisi was unable to complete a comeback against Chicago Christian in a Class 2A regional championship softball game on Saturday at Trinity Christian College, all that was left were the memories and plenty of tears.
The Lady Knights lived to play another day this spring, but the Eagles are done. Mt. Assisi has closed its doors and the underclassmen among its student body need to find new school homes in the fall.

Class 2A Chicago Christian Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Easy as can be

Knights steamroll pair of foes to gain title

Anything worth having is worth working for — or so it’s said.

The second part of that old chestnut sure didn’t apply to Chicago Christian last week. While the Knights were glad to win their fourth straight regional championship and fifth in six years, they did so without breaking a sweat.
When Christian crushed CICS/Longwood 22-0 in a Class 2A Chicago Christian Regional semifinal matchup last Wednesday, eyebrows might not have been raised. After all, the Knights entered the contest as a prohibitive favorite and, besides, first-round encounters often feature lopsided outcomes.
But then Christian went out on Saturday and duplicated its previous dominance. Back-to-back 11-run explosions to start the game sent the Knights on their way to a 22-0 rout of ACE Charter Tech and the aforementioned regional crown.