GLEN ELLYN – Riverside Brookfield's baseball may not be in the running to defend its Metro Suburban Conference title, but thanks to the efforts of Will Kincanon and Jimmy Doherty the Bulldogs impacted the race.
The Bulldogs took two of three games from Glenbard South, which entered the series 9-0 in the MSC, last week to shake up the conference standings.
Kincanon struck out 13 in a complete game effort on May 6 to open the series with a 7-1 RB victory. He was also 3-for-3 with a walk in the finale on Friday, which the Bulldogs won 6-4. Doherty was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a key RBI double in Friday's game.
The Raiders won the middle game of the series 18-1, which kept RB coach Dallas Till from heaping tons of praise on his team despite the series victory.
Still, a quality series victory is progress for a team that already lost series against Ridgewood and Illiana Christian and was unable to sweep Timothy Christian.
"We started off shaky with Illiana and we had the rough [series] loss against Ridgewood, but it's nice to come out here and beat a team that's been pretty solid and undefeated in the conference, for sure," Doherty said.
As a senior that was buried on the depth chart on a strong Bulldog roster last season, Doherty is not alone. Players like leadoff hitter Xander Catrambone, Justin Agne and Adam Martinson are all being asked to play much bigger roles this season.
Despite the shift, Doherty said it hasn't changed his approach or the feel around the team.
"I always felt like I was part of the team, so not playing wasn't really a huge deal," Doherty said of last season. "It's nice getting out there, but it's still a team environment."
Doherty has been hitting high in the order and was the No. 2 hitter Friday behind Catrambone. The two table setters need to get on base for Kincanon, who is hitting over .400 at the plate.
"We move him around," Till said of Doherty. "He's usually a second baseman, we put him at third and he made a couple plays today. I'm really happy for him. He's a senior who didn't play a whole lot last year. I'm really glad to see him step up and contribute the way he has."
Seeds for the postseason came out Tuesday and the bracket is due out Wednesday. Benet and Fenwick are new teams to the Class 3A sectional that already featured strong teams in the Raiders, Clemente, Nazareth and Montini joining RB.
Till is hoping the Bulldogs can show more consistency heading into the postseason.
"Will threw lights out on Tuesday then we get stomped [Thursday]," he said. "I was really curious to see how we bounced back.
"We're starting to execute some things, but it's taken a while and we're not there yet. We got to try to get there in the next two weeks."
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