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Panthers cap regular season with two impressive wins

CAROL STREAM – Having already put together a solid campaign, the Glenbard North baseball team ended the regular season on a high note with a pair of impressive nonconference wins.

Glenbard North beat York 7-5 on Monday, two days after a 13-3 rout over Downers Grove North.

“Both are good teams,” said Glenbard North coach Rich Smelko, whose team was scheduled to open the playoffs Thursday against South Elgin. “Our hitting picked up which definitely helped.”

Luke Greenberg pitched six innings to record the win against York while Brandon Kressner, Ryan Storto, Brett Consitt and Jeff LaPage all had multiple hits.

Against Downers Grove North, Matt Frawley made his return to the mound after about a two-week absence due to an issue with his arm. The senior worked three innings.

Frawley, who was just named DuPage Valley Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year with Wheaton North’s Lake Bachar, also had a double and three RBIs while Adam Villanueva homered and drove in four.

“That was the best we’ve swung the bats all year,” the coach said. “We had some great at-bats and hit the ball really well that game. We looked our best all year on Saturday.”

Glenbard North took an overall record of 19-11 into the postseason, including a final DVC mark of 14-7. Along with Frawley, Kressner and Storto netted all-conference honors.

“Matt Albin was out the first two weeks of conference and Frawley was out the last two weeks,” Smelko said. “So there were four weeks where we were missing one of our two best pitchers. But I thought our guys battled and a couple of other guys stepped up on the mound.”

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