WEST CHICAGO – Dave Kordik went from a near no-hitter on Monday to almost seeing a lead against Streamwood slip away for the second time this spring.
But with the tying runs on second and third with nobody out in the seventh, the West Chicago senior went to work.
Recording two popouts and a groundout, Kordik put the finishing touches on his pitching gem in the Wildcats' 3-1 win in a quarterfinal game of Lake Park Class 3A regional. The Wildcats were schedule to play Schaumburg in a semifinal on Wednesday.
"We played them earlier in the year and the same thing happened," Kordik said, referencing a game in which West Chicago led 5-0 in the sixth before losing 7-5. "But I felt confident in myself. I thought I was throwing the ball well all day and I didn't get too nervous."
The right-hander had allowed just one runner to reach base through the first five frames, a hit by pitch in the first, before yielding a hit with two outs in the sixth inning.
"One of my friends said I had a no-hitter [right before the sixth] so I blame him for that," the senior said. "I was pounding strikes and getting ahead of guys."
Kordik has been the ace of the staff this year despite not being a factor on the mound last spring.
"Dave was masterful and he's been like that all year," West Chicago coach Dan McCarthy said. "He's been our No. 1 all year and honestly, he didn't really get the ball last year as a junior. But he's developed a real nice slider and he's tough."
The win was the team's 16th of the year, quadrupling the total from a year ago. That mark could be even higher if not for seven one-run losses.
"Improving that much from last year is really good for us," Kordik said. "Being at West Chicago, people always assume we aren't good. This shows people we have a good team."
Last week, West Chicago wrapped up its first season in the Upstate Eight Conference with a mark of 10-14 after falling 4-3 to Waubonsie Valley on May 22. Austin Kordik had a hit and RBI and Fred Gosbeth struck out five batters in six innings on the mound.
"I really liked it, I liked the set-up," McCarthy said about the new league. "I liked that we played every team, even the ones not in our division. We held our own and if we had still been in the DuPage Valley Conference, I would have said that same thing.
"We have a good team. Our seniors really gained experience last year as juniors and that has really benefitted them."
On May 21, West Chicago defeated Waubonsie Valley 10-4 behind a seven-run third inning. Peyton Seidler was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Austin Kordik and Jon Michiels each had two hits and two RBIs.
Dave Kordik allowed two earned runs while striking out eight in six innings of work on the mound.
Class 4A regional quarterfinal
West Chicago 3
West Chicago top performers
1. Dave Kordik: 7 IP, 4 H, 8 K
2. Austin Kordik: 2-for-4
3. Connor Dall: 2-for-3, 2B, BB, R
4. Ryan Koester: 2-for-4, R
5. Grant Hosticka: 2B, R
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