Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Bulldogs show versatility in winning week

One of the visible qualities in Richards’ 2014 softball squad, according to coach Julie Folliard, is versatility.
And that attribute manifested itself even during the Lady Bulldogs’ only opening-week loss, which Lincoln-Way Central administered by an 8-5 count last Wednesday.
Folliard made a pitching change in the fifth inning Aof that game, moving starter Sara Tobin from the circle to center field. Tobin’s presence out there was felt immediately, as she fired a strike to home plate to cut down a runner and stop a would-be score.
While it’s true that Tobin’s primary position last spring was in the middle of the outfield, she nevertheless embodies the kind of flexibility that doesn’t always show up in a box score, yet speaks volumes on the field.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls finally get on track

Maybe it should have been expected.
After two weeks without a baseball game, it took Trinity Christian College a while to get its bats unwrapped on Friday. But when the Trolls got going, they made the most of it, winning two of three in their weekend series with Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind.
Trinity went hitless for four innings on Friday, then scored three times in the fifth and once more in the seventh to score a 4-3 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory at Four Winds Field. The Trolls then recovered well enough from a 4-0 defeat in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader to collect a 2-1 triumph in the nightcap.
That moved Trinity to 7-9 overall and 2-1 against CCAC competition as it heads into what should be a heavy schedule of games from this point. The Trolls were slated to play doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday, have a pair of games at the University of St. Francis on Friday, and host the Fighting Saints again on Saturday.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Stagg’s boys’ volleyball team had a busy start to its regular season last week, but finished it on the plus side of .500 with four wins in seven matches.

In their quest to keep the Chargers moving forward, head coach Lauren Royer and her assistants are emphasizing a simple principle.
“What we’ve been working on with the guys this entire season is wins are earned and not given,” Royer said. “We’ve talked about how to earn every point, every game and every match.
“We need to work for the win, instead of hoping and wishing for a play failing or the ball to drop. I think the kids are starting to believe in that and work toward that.”
Stagg opened up on Tuesday with a 12-25, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Richards. Tom Matonis and Trevor Crain posted nine and eight kills, respectively, to aid the host Chargers, who picked up their second win two days later by beating St. Rita 25-21, 25-15. Kamil Krzysiak led the way against the Mustangs with seven kills, while Crain was right behind him with seven.
Libero Sean Runyon had 11 digs, Nick Stanek dished out 25assists, and Matonis contributed five kills and four blocks to give Stagg a greater boost. Two of Matonis’ blocks came on consecutive plays in the second set and handed the Chargers a 19-14 lead.

SXU sports summary

Season over for Cougars volleyball team

A first-round victory earned St. Xavier University’s men’s volleyball team a date with top-seeded Cardinal Stritch University in the Great Lakes Conference Tournament.
And that’s where the 2014 season ended for the Cougars, who absorbed a 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 loss against the Wolves last Friday night at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. SXU (6-15) had advanced on the strength of a 25-23, 26-28, 25-20, 25-20 triumph over Siena Heights (Mich.) University earlier that same day.
Senior outside hitter Justin Cousin and sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull — the latter of whom was chosen as an all-conference first-teamer prior to the tourney — were the Cougars’ mainstays. Their combined efforts against Siena Heights resulted in 27 kills and eight total blocks, five of which were solos. Cousin augmented his 17 kills and two blocks with a couple of service aces.
Other contributors for SXU included freshmen Sean Barry (13 kills) and Moises Lopez (40 assists, seven digs, three total blocks). The Cougars finished with 52 kills and 21 hitting errors, which produced a team attack percentage of .267.

2014 Baseball Season Preview

  • Written by Ken Karson


2013 Record: 16-14.
Head coach: Bill Gerny.
Assistant coaches: Chris Bohanek, Nick Chigas, Gary Gudino.
• Who’s gone: Bob Kametas, P/3B; Chris Rafacz, OF; Marcin Krzysiak, 1B; Billy Thome, C; Lee Baxa, P.
• Who’s back: Matt Dunne, 3B/P, Sr. (.361; 2.81 ERA); Mitch Swatek, 1B, P, Sr. (2.51 ERA; .382 in summer); Kevin Zurek, 2B, Sr. (.333); Brandon Quillin, SS/P, Jr. (.400 in summer); Matt Witkowski, OF/P, Jr. (1-0, 1.17 ERA in summer); Jake Slusinski, OF, Sr.
• Who’s new: Joe Dodaro, 1B/3B, Jr. (.364, 16 RBI for sophomore team); Ryne Melnik, OF, Jr. (.359, 17 RBI for sophomore team); John Roberts, C, So.; Justin Swatek, INF/OF/P, So.
• Outlook: Bill Gerny enjoyed quite the varsity-coaching debut, as the Spartans rewarded him with a somewhat unexpected South Suburban Conference Red title. Oak Lawn’s 2013 edition could not be classified as a dominant club, but it certainly was a resilient one as it beat back challenges from several teams to claim the top divisional spot.
The Spartans struggled somewhat against their nonconference competition last spring, but instead of lightening the load, Gerny plans to run his squad through an even stiffer gauntlet in 2014, one featuring St. Rita, St. Laurence, Lyons Township, Maine South, Sandburg, Brother Rice, De La Salle and three of the four Lincoln-Way schools among the formidable foes. Clearly, Gerny understands the value of testing Oak Lawn early and often in order to prepare it for another shot at SSC Red supremacy and perhaps some greater postseason success.
He’s placing these hurdles in front of his guys even though the Spartans have some rebuilding to do. It’s not so much quantity as quality that must be replaced — conference Player of the Year Bob Kametas, Oak Lawn’s unquestioned on-field leader a season ago, and all-conference selection Marcin Krzysiak are two major graduation-induced losses. Kametas will be missed both as a pitcher and everyday player, but the Spartans still have the makings of a solid staff in Kametas’ absence.