VILLA PARK – Willowbrook senior pitcher T.J. Case was sick, but his start against Leyden on Friday made it look he was in top form.
Case struck out 13 Eagles and allowed just four hits and two walks in a 3-0 Warrior win in the opener of a West Suburban Gold series.
"I'm having a hard time breathing," Case said. "I just went out there and did what I can do."
It's nothing new for the High Point recruit this season, who has allowed just one earned run this season.
"His summer was phenomenal, his offseason," Willowbrook coach Vic Wisner said. "He's that guy who's always asking what more can I do so it's always awesome as a coach to see great results when you see a kid work so hard. He's 5-1 and he deserves to be."
The Warriors (12-5, 7-3 WSG) took the lead by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Mike Rothmund doubled in Tyler Vavrek and Jake Cady followed with another double to drive in Rothmund.
Rothmund was at it again in the third with a leadoff triple over the centerfielder's head. Brian Johnson drove him in with a double and Case shut down the Eagles the rest of the way.
The two teams continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Willowbrook.