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Baseball

Montini’s strength is on the mound

Montini's Austin Kline throws across the diamond to get a baserunner during a game last season. Kline is one of several seniors that will anchor the Broncos' batting order this spring.
Montini's Austin Kline throws across the diamond to get a baserunner during a game last season. Kline is one of several seniors that will anchor the Broncos' batting order this spring.

LOMBARD – After having a powerful offense last year, Montini’s baseball team will rely on its pitching staff this season.

The Broncos return Eric Frontzak, Sean Frontzak and Tyler Quick to the mound after each saw significant time and handled varsity ball well a year ago. Eric Frontzak posted five wins with a 1.75 ERA as a junior.

Junior Jordan Lazowski, who is in line to be the fourth starter, drew comparisons to Greg Maddux from coach Bob Landi.

“I’ve never seen a kid in my years of coaching that can hit his spots as well as he can,” Landi said. “He doesn’t throw very hard, but it’s amazing how frustrated kids are against this kid.”

Junior left-hander Kyle Jackson also joins the staff after transferring from St. Patrick.

Offensively, the Broncos will be senior-dominated. Tom Long (catcher), Austin Kline (third base) and Eddie Bava (shortstop) are all third-year starters. First baseman Jake Mecacci was the backup catcher last year, but he hit .450 in the summer and is slated to be the No. 3 hitter for Montini after committing to St. Mary’s (Minn.). Kline has committed to Brunswick Community College in North Carolina.

Senior centerfield Rhett Wojkovich also will bring a lot of speed to the lineup.

“We’d love to defend our conference title,” Landi said. “We’ve got some good pitching, and with the experience we have we should have a pretty good season.”

Montini Broncos
Coach:
Bob Landi
2013 record: 21-8
Top players:
Eddie Bava sr. SS
Eric Frontzak sr. P
Sean Frontzak sr. P
Austin Kline sr. 3B
Tom Long sr. C
Tyler Quick sr. P

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