Baseball preview: Pitching powers league repeat bid for Glenbard South
GLEN ELLYN — With a strong pitching staff in tow, Glenbard South baseball appears to have the arms in place to make a run at repeating as Metro Suburban Conference champions this spring.
Coming off a 26-win campaign in 2013, the Raiders’ strength should lie on the mound where senior Ethan Gasbarro resides as the team’s No. 1 pitcher. Mike Atkinson and Nick Yangas follow in the rotation.
“We have a pretty good pitching staff,” said coach Mike Reilly. “We are solid on the mound and defensively, we will be OK. Offense is the question mark but so far we have looked good.”
Gasbarro is part of a veteran quartet for Glenbard South. Fellow seniors Carl Sanders, Justin Joseph and Tony Tenuta also return for a third year on varsity. Will Anderson, Zach Smith, Will Cornwell and Alex McGimpsey are also expected to be major contributors.
“If there is one concern I have,” the coach said, “it is the musical chairs we have to do depending on who pitches. Most our position players also pitch.”
After finishing as the runner-up in the MSC two years ago, the Raiders went 16-2 in the league last spring, running the table after losing two out of three to Riverside Brookfield in the opening series.
“Riverside Brookfield has almost all of their starters back from last year,” Reilly said. “They will be a handful. Illiana Christian is always strong and they have a couple of their better position players back. And the way the conference schedule is this year, we play those teams toward the end.”
The Raiders will also be tested by an extremely competitive non-conference portion of the schedule, which includes the likes of Sandburg, Batavia, Rolling Meadows and Burlington Central.
“The kids have a great attitude and they get along very well with each other,” Reilly said. “They practice hard and they will play hard. We will be a scrappy team and you will have to play seven innings to beat us.”