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Glenbard West overpowers Div. I pitchers

Hilltoppers beat two college recruits to win league series vs. Hinsdale Central

Bill Ackerman –
Glenbard West's Will Simoneit (No. 50) is greeted by teammates after hitting a two-run home run Monday at Hinsdale Central.
Bill Ackerman – Glenbard West's Will Simoneit (No. 50) is greeted by teammates after hitting a two-run home run Monday at Hinsdale Central.

GLEN ELLYN — Hinsdale Central’s baseball team has three Division I-bound pitchers on the roster.

Glenbard West earned wins against two of them.

After splitting a weekend doubleheader with the Red Devils, the Hilltoppers took the series from Central with Monday’s 9-6 win in Hinsdale, improving their record to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the West Suburban Silver.

West scored a win against Boston College-recruit Bobby Skogsbergh on Saturday, and earned one against Miami-bound Christian Bokich on Monday.

“We’ve faced five Division I pitchers in nine games,” said West coach Brian Wojtun, whose team also faced Purdue-recruit Matt Frawley from Glenbard North. “I don’t think there are too many teams out there that can say that.”

The Hilltoppers split a doubleheader with the Red Devils Saturday, winning the opener 6-5 before losing 10-0 in five innings in the nightcap.

In the Game 1 victory, Glenbard West overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth, only to see Hinsdale Central respond with four runs in the top of the seventh.

But the home team pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh to prevail with Spencer Refer scoring the winning run on an infield dribbler. Refer, Grant Greeno and Dennis Rudolph all had doubles in the contest as part of a 10-hit attack. Greeno was the winning pitcher.

Glenbard West was held to just four hits in the second game while making four errors. Hinsdale Central jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two frames.

Glenbard West beat Conant 6-1 in a non-conference matchup Wednesday behind the pitching of Matt Buckley before knocking off Leyden a day later.

With four wins in five games and a series win over Hinsdale Central, the young Hilltoppers are trending in the right direction.

“We’re a young team and the seniors are doing a great job leading the team and kind of teaching the young guys how to play at this level,” Wojtun said. “It’s still early in the season and we’re a long way from being over, but I like our potential.”

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