BROOKFIELD – The baseball playoffs present numerous matchups with ace against ace, but few of them materialize like the Class 3A Riverside Brookfield regional final.
Montini ace Ben Dobosenski did his job on the mound. He limited the Bulldogs to just four hits, all singles, and just a first-inning run.
Unfortunately for Dobosenski and the Broncos, those four hits were four more than Montini mustered against Riverside Brookfield ace Will Kincanon.
Kincanon continued his torrid season with a no-hitter and the game’s lone RBI on a sacrifice fly to give the Bulldogs a regional title on their home field.
“Ben pitched the best game of the season,” said Montini coach Bob Landi after the 1-0 loss. “What are you going to do? One-nothing. Can you get any better high school baseball than that? It really is a good game.”
Montini’s only base runner came when Chris Bartosz reached to lead off the fifth inning on a throwing error following a strikeout. Two batters later Kincanon induced a ground-ball double play and he faced the minimum 21 batters.
“He pitched a whale of a game,” said Landi said of Kincanon. “We’ve got a good hitting team and he shut us down.”
The loss marked the end of a 21-9 season for Montini, which included a Suburban Christian Conference Blue championship. Seniors Dobosenski and Bartosz will continue their careers at St. Mary’s (Minn.). Chris Bevis, Justin Chenski, Manny Georgitis and Charlie Long also graduate from the program.
A strong junior core led by pitchers Eric Frontzak, Sean Frontzak and Tyler Quick and hitters Austin Kline, Tyler Tumpane and Rhett Wojkovich will give Montini reason for high expectations again next season.
“It’s a tough game to lose, but the reality of the situation is the kids have played great all year long,” Landi said. “This is one of the best chemistry teams I’ve coached in 30 some years. It’s just a great group of kids. They never quit and they conducted themselves like men the entire time. I couldn’t be prouder of the kids and we’ll be back next year.”