Prep roundup: Nazareth baseball heads to postseason with momentum
The Roadrunners will head into Wednesday's playoff opener after a recent six-game winning streak. Nazareth beat Glenbrook North 7-6 in nine innings on May 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. Mike Noesen was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
The next day the Roadrunners also won 7-6 in nine innings. This time Pat Houlihan hit a walk-off double to beat Joliet Catholic. Nazareth finished the regular season with a 5-4 win over Fenwick on Thursday. Joe Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning, but surrendered four runs in the final frame. Tim DalPorto was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run.
The winning streak came to an end with a 5-2 loss to Libertyville on Monday.
Mike Stromberg was Nazareth's lone all-conference pick in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. The senior catcher is a two-time all-conference selection. The Roadrunners finished 7-9 in the ESCC.
The Friars dropped three straight to close the regular season. Fenwick lost to Nazareth 5-4 on Thursday, Ridgewood 12-4 on Friday and Guerin 4-2 on Saturday.
The Chargers closed out the regular season with two straight wins to finish 17-10. St. Joseph beat co-East Suburban Catholic Conference-champion Benet 5-3 on Thursday. Mike Pagliuco was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Ryan Moritz pitched a complete game.
On Saturday, Trayvon Johnson pitched six-1/3 scoreless innings and Pat Brown picked up the save in a 3-0 win over Stagg.
The Roadrunners finished the regular season 19-15 after a 10-5 win over Regina on Thursday. Nazareth scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to flip a 5-3 deficit into the win. Catherine Gutierrez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Friars beat Carmel 7-6 in the final East Suburban Catholic Conference game of the season May 15. Fenwick finished with an 8-10 ESCC record. Jenna Cairo hit a game-winning three-run home run and Jess Mrozek was 3-for-3 with a homer.
Fenwick lost to Trinity 4-2 the next day. The game was tied 1-1 entering the seventh inning, but Trinity pulled ahead in the seventh. The Friars bounced back with a 4-1 win over Loyola on Saturday to finish the regular season 17-15. Val Perrelli struck out nine in five innings to pick up the win.
The Lions finished second to the host Red Devils at the sectional meet last weekend. Singles players Jake Elliott and Cuyler Burke both qualified for this week's state tournament. Elliott beat Burke in the third-place match. The doubles team of Jack Wennerstrum and Chris O'Reilly also qualified via third place.
The doubles team of Jack Ryan and Colin Fitzpatrick made the final of the Oak Park-River Forest sectional to book their place in the state tournament.
The Bulldogs lost to St. Francis 2-0 in the final of the Class 2A Solorio Academy regional on Friday. RB beat the hosts 7-0 in a semifinal two days earlier. The Bulldogs finished the season with an 8-12 record.
Hinsdale South dominated the host Roadrunners 7-1 in a Class 2A regional final Friday. The Roadrunners finished the season with a 12-6-1 record.
The Friars cruised to a regional title Friday with a 7-0 win over De La Salle. Fenwick, the top seed in the Class 2A Riverside Brookfield sectional, outscored its two regional opponents 17-0. The Friars will take on No. 5-seed Glenbard South in Wednesday's sectional semifinal.
Eight seniors were honored on May 15 in a 25-12, 25-14 win over the Fenton. Seniors Mike Kosik, Tim Thor-Larsen, Mitch Malloy, Scott LeBeau, Paul Kraus, co-captain Matthias Witteman, co-captain Jake Fieseler and floor-captain Jack Gibson all played their final home matches.
RB finished the regular season 24-11, one victory behind the program's single-season record of 25-10 set in 2011.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Zachery Manual was the Roadrunners' lone state qualifier, but he did so in two events. Manual was second in both the 100-meter dash and the long jump at the Class 2A Fenwick sectional Thursday at Concordia University in River Forest.
Patrick Yerkes was the only Friar to qualify for state. The Fenwick senior ran the 1,600-meter run in 9:52.64 to take second at the Class 2A Fenwick sectional Thursday at Concordia.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Sophomore Jackie LaBelle tied for 35th at the Class 3A state meet in the pole vault.
Junior Megan O'Kane represented the Roadrunners at the Class 2A state meet by taking 20th in the 800-meter run.
The Friars' 4x800-meter relay team placed fourth at the Class 2A state meet. Megan Cahill, Briana Daley, Arriana Arroyo and Olivia Ryan came in at 9:31.24. Ryan was also sixth in the 1,600. Daley was 23rd in the 1,600. Freshman Grace Cronin just missed the finals of the 300-meter low hurdles by taking 11th in the prelims.
Shaya Minter placed 20th at the Class 2A state meet in the 200-meter dash by crossing the finish line in 27.2 seconds.
Junior Emani Johnson was 14th in the 100-meter dash and 17th in the long jump in the prelims of the Class 3A state meet.
GIRLS WATER POLO
The Friars were knocked off by Mother McAuley 8-7 in a state quarterfinal on Thursday. Fenwick rallied from a 7-3 deficit to tie the match at 7-7, but fell behind for good with 27 seconds left.
With the conference championship on the line, the Lions went down to the wire with rival Hinsdale Central. LT fell 9-8 in double overtime on Saturday. The Lions, which opened the postseason Tuesday, had a 16-7 regular-season record.
The Friars picked up one-goal victories over York (9-8) and Conant (7-6) to finish the regular season with back-to-back wins and a 12-5 record.
Lyons Township, Fenwick
The Lions knocked off Fenwick 13-9 in a sectional semifinal on May 15. LT was scheduled to compete in Monday's sectional final against Palatine.
The Roadrunners fell to Montini 21-4 in a sectional semifinal on May 15.