Morton grad Mangia sets pitching records for North Central

Vlasta Mangia (Morton, Cicero) pitched her way into the record books at North Central.

The two-way junior starred in the circle with 25 wins and a 2.11 ERA in 230-2/3 innings. She broke career records for wins (53) and innings pitched (552-2/3). She was a first-team all-Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin selection and a second-team all-Great Lakes Region pick.

Mangia’s success wasn’t limited to pitching. Offensively, she was second with 35 RBIs and five home runs and tied for second on the Cardinals with 36 runs scored while hitting .357. The Cardinals went 35-12 and made the final of the Wisconsin-Whitewater regional.

Ironwoman

Elmhurst College junior Clare Bukowski (Morton, Berwyn) played in all 32 games and started 29 in the outfield and hit .247 with nine extra base hits, including two home runs. Bukowski drove in 19 runs and scored 17 in 97 at-bats to help Elmhurst to a 17-15 record.

Diamond duo

Former Nazareth teammates and Cicero natives Tony Barreto and Jake Mijares played for Concordia this spring.

Barreto, a senior catcher, took advantage of his first season as a regular starter, playing in 30 games and making 21 starts. He hit .333 with 20 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 84 at-bats. Mijares, a junior right-handed pitcher, made two appearances out of the bullpen totaling three innings. He surrendered one run with three strikeouts.

The Cougars went 39-7, including 19-0 at home, and won the regular season and tournament titles in the Northern Athletic Conference.

Powerful bat

Jessie Hutchens (Riverside Brookfield, Berwyn) made 52 starts on the left side of the infield for Radford. Hutchens, a junior, hit .264 and led the Highlanders in home runs (10), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.541) and RBIs (38).

Final delivery

James Freeman (Morton, Berwyn) finished his collegiate career with eight innings this season for Division III Rockford College. The senior pitcher allowed four runs and struck out four in six appearances, including one start. In two years with the Regents, Freeman had 19 appearances and pitched 18.1 innings after transferring from Morton College.

First career hits

Buffalo sophomore catcher Justin Gonzalez (Nazareth, Cicero) played in eight games with three starts for the Bulls. Gonzalez was 2-for-15 at the plate with an RBI, two runs scored and three walks. The two hits were the first of his career after going 0-for-12 in limited action as a freshman.

Leader at the plate

Joe Krasny (St. Joseph, Berwyn) hit .288 to lead Dominican. The junior outfielder also was the team leader in stolen bases with 26 in 30 attempts. Krasny was second on the Stars with 20 RBIs and third with 24 runs scored in 40 games.

Pitching debut

Brian Powers (St. Joseph, Berwyn) made one appearance as a reliever for St. Mary’s (Minn.) baseball. The freshman pitched an inning and allowed one run and two hits.