Lisle's Ventrella, Benet's York have breakout baseball and softball seasons
Alex Ventrella shines as staff ace, York steps into starting pitcher role
Many high school players are debuting in the spotlight this spring for area baseball and softball teams – from seniors stepping into leadership roles to underclassmen earning starting varsity jobs.
School: Lisle baseball
Impact: Ventrella pitched a no-hitter against Seneca April 29, only solidifying his role as Lisle's ace pitcher. Demonstrating command of four pitches, Ventrella leads the team in innings pitched (33.2), ERA (0.62), WHIP (0.65) and strikeouts (49) and has a 3-0 record as of May 2. "He's been throwing the ball well all year," Lisle coach Pete Meyer said. "He's been lights-out."
School: Westmont baseball
Impact: Batting .365 (third on the team) with 16 runs (fourth on the team) in the No. 2 spot in the order is only part of Kokoszka's value to the Sentinels. As a catcher, he is the linchpin to the defense and has committed just two errors in 124 chances, and he has handled a pitching staff with a 3.44 team ERA. "His catching has been amazing, and he's pretty much our captain because he runs the defense back there," Westmont coach D.J. Cocks said. "He's been amazing."
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