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Glenbard West baseball battles change, summer weather

Erica Benson –
Glenbard West's Luke Domask hits a single against Montini on July 9 in Glen Ellyn.
Erica Benson – Glenbard West's Luke Domask hits a single against Montini on July 9 in Glen Ellyn.

GLEN ELLYN – This has been a summer of change for the Glenbard West baseball program.

Brian Wojtun, who took over as the head coach of the Hilltoppers in 2006 after one year as an assistant, resigned from his position in June.

Set to begin his third year as the offensive coordinator for the Glenbard South football team, Wojtun will now add coaching duties in the Raiders' baseball program next spring under Mike Riley. Wojtun is expected to be the sophomore coach.

In the interim, Lonnie Upshaw, who was involved with the Glenbard West underlevel teams for the past two years, took over the Hilltoppers this summer while the search for a new coach was ongoing. On Friday, Andy Schultz, a former assistant coach at Glenbard East and St. Francis, was hired.

Due in large part to the weather as well as a lighter schedule, the Hilltoppers did not play a lot of games during the past five weeks. Glenbard West did open up the summer league playoffs Monday with a 7-5 win over Maine West.

"With the weather, we didn't have a lot of games. We had a lot of rainouts," Upshaw said. "But it went pretty well. We saw some good things and saw some bad things.

"We tried to mix it up and tried to see who can fit in where for next season. Nothing is etched in stone."

After fielding a young squad in the spring, Glenbard West should return a solid pitching staff in 2014, led by Grant Greeno. The senior recently pitched a one-hitter against Waubonsie Valley.

The Hilltoppers were at times offensively challenged in 2013 but with Greeno, Will Simoneit and Luke Domask all back, and the possible return of Hayden Carlson (who missed all season with an injury), that unit should be improved next season.

"It's a great group of kids," Upshaw said. "They were a lot of fun. They came out and tried hard and that is all you can ask for. The summer is a little more relaxed and it's a time where you try to evaluate but they were enthusiastic about it."

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