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St. Francis baseball storms back against Wheaton Academy

Overcoming a 4-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning and three more a frame later, St. Francis' baseball team beat Wheaton Academy 8-6 on Monday.

Christian Kuzemka was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, Zach Prociuk was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, and Chris Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate. William Purdom also had two hits and two runs scored and Brett Whelton was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Kuzemka was also the winning pitcher after working 51/3 innings.

On April 16, St. Francis was held to a single hit from Kuzemka in a 1-0 loss to Marmion. Jason Sullivan was the hard-luck losing pitcher, striking out eight while allowing no earned runs in six innings.

West Chicago

Yielding two runs in the sixth and seven innings, West Chicago fell 8-7 to St. Charles North in an Upstate Eight Conference matchup Monday.

Ryan Koester and Connor Dall had three hits apiece with Austin Kordik driving in two runs.

The Wildcats had dropped a 4-0 decision to Larkin on Friday as the squad was held to five hits. Peyton Seidler struck out four in a complete-game effort on the mound.

A day earlier, the team lost 9-6 to Batavia despite totaling 12 hits. Kordik had three hits to lead the offense.

West Chicago let one slip away on April 16, dropping a 7-5 decision to Streamwood after taking a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning. Dave Kordik pitched five innings for the Wildcats, striking out seven. Antonio Solis had a hit and RBI.

Wheaton Academy

The Warriors dropped an 8-6 decision to St. Francis on Monday.

Chris Johnson had a homer and two RBIs, Brett Albaugh was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Tanner Philipps produced a pair of hits and Luke Kram drove in two runs.

Wheaton Academy defeated Chicago Christian 7-5 on April 17 behind a home and two RBIs from Kram. Brandon Valente drove in two runs, Albaugh was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, and Bryce Sandberg was 2-for-3.

Wheaton Academy saw a 3-2 lead disappear in the later innings in an eventual 6-4 loss to Montini on April 16. Jake Lindstedt had three hits and two RBIs while Kram drove in two runs. Johnson scored twice.

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