Sectional seed: No. 3
Regional: Glenbard South
Regional opener: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. No. 19 North Grand/No. 14 Little Village winner
What to watch: The Raiders have put forth another solid campaign in 2013, one that resulted in a second-place finish in the Metro Suburban Conference.
Heading into this week with a 17-10 overall record, the Raiders are led by a strong pitching staff. Ace Ethan Gasbarro has an ERA of 1.81 in 38-2/3 innings of work while Mike Atkinson and Nick Yangas have provided quality innings.
The offense has been paced by junior catcher Will Cornwell, who was hitting .524 with 11 doubles and 27 RBIs. Gasbarro is at .412 with 24 runs scored and 16 RBIs with Carl Sanders batting .387 with 30 runs scored.
Hosting a regional, Glenbard South would most likely see No. 6-seed St. Joseph and top pitcher Trayvon Johnson in the regional final. The top-two seeded teams at the sectional are Nazareth and Benet.
Sectional seed: No. 12
Regional opener: 4:30 p.m. May 23 vs. No. 6 Geneva
What to watch: There haven’t been too many surprises this spring for the Hilltoppers, who were expected to go through struggles with a host of new faces on the roster.
The squad has shown growth, especially as of late, and improved its overall record to 12-15 after Saturday’s win over Glenbard South.
The pitching has been solid, led by staff ace Grant Greeno, while the defense has improved. Offensively, the squad has been up-and-down although a part of that can be attributed to the strong pitching Glenbard West has seen within the West Suburban Silver conference.
Luke Domask leads the team with his .387 batting average while Mitch Monocchio has driven in a team-high 18 runs.
The Hilltoppers kickoff the postseason with a matchup against Geneva, which features University of Miami-bound pitcher Andy Honiotes.