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Class 4A Lincoln-Way Central Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Back where they belong

Eagles end two-year championship drought

  Two years without any sort of postseason title doesn’t constitute a drought — at most schools anyway.
  For some others, championships are an expected occurrence every spring. When they aren’t collected annually, players, coaches and even fans are left with an empty feeling.
  So it was with Sandburg. While the Eagles certainly hadn’t tumbled into the abyss — 69 victories since the start of the 2012 campaign provided proof of that — something was still missing.
  Now, it’s not. Behind the combined pitching efforts of Bryan Pall and Matthias Dietz, Sandburg defeated host Lincoln-Way Central 5-1 on Saturday to claim its first Class 4A regional crown since 2011 and the first under coach Jim Morsovillo.

Class 2A Herscher Sectional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

A day ‘two’ forget

Ottawa Marquette ends Knights’ postseason

  According to a popular song of yesterday, one is the loneliest number.
  After last Wednesday’s sectional semifinal game, members of Chicago Christian’s baseball program would probably disagree. For them, the answer is two.
  By limiting their run production to that amount against Ottawa Marquette in a Class 2A Herscher Sectional matchup, the Knights separated themselves from further postseason play and were left alone to ponder what could have been.
  The Crusaders edged Christian 3-2, which marked the third time in four years the latter exited the state tournament by being on the short end of that exact score. Making the loss sting a little more was that Ottawa Marquette, a 30-game winner entering the contest, didn’t finalize the verdict until its second-to-last at-bat.
  That’s when the Crusaders bunched four of their nine hits off Knights ace Christian Bolhuis together to erase a 2-1 deficit.

Class 4A Lockport Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Everything’s coming up Rosa

Celtics player keys title-game win over Crusaders

  What he couldn’t do with his arm, Dylan Rosa did to Brother Rice with his bat on Saturday.
  Providence Catholic’s starting pitcher didn’t earn a win himself in the Class 4A Lockport Regional final, but he made sure the Celtics pocketed one as a team. Rosa’s two-out homer in the ninth inning broke a 4-all tie and gave Providence the edge it needed to grab a 5-4 triumph.
  Reliever Brent Villasenor gained the mound victory, while the Celtics’ No. 1 hurler, Jake Godfrey, registered a save by whiffing two batters in the bottom of the ninth.
  “It was a heartbreaker, but that’s part of the game,” Crusaders coach John McCarthy said. “There’s no easy way to go down [this time of year].
  “It was a great game, one for the ages. I tip my hat to Providence. The better team [on that day] won.”

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.