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Baseball roundup: South suffers loss in nine-inning pitcher's dual

BOLINGBROOK – Brett Struebing did what he had done all season, but it wasn't enough for Wheaton Warrenville South's baseball team.

Struebing pitched nine strong inning in Friday's regional semifinal game at Bolingbrook High School, but Hinsdale Central's two-out rally in the ninth inning led to a 1-0 loss for the Tigers.

"We just weren't able to put the hits together," South head coach Tim Brylka said. "It's hard to expect to win a game when you only have two hits."

Austin Polezoes led off the top of the fifth with a single and Michael Zavala started the sixth with a single. Polezoes reached on a fielder's choice and Connor Ostrander reached on an error, but that was the extent of the Tigers' baserunners.

"They're kid [Austin Butler] pitched well and we didn't have many good at-bats," Brylka said. "They're kid was dealing."

Struebing scattered seven hits, struck out eight and walked only two in his outing.

Matt Muellner's double and Max Peters' single to score pinch runner Ben Chapman won the game for Central.

The game was the final one in high school for Struebing and six other South (16-13) seniors.

"Our seniors were awesome," Brylka said. "They're a great group of kids on and off the field and we're going to miss those guys."

Wheaton North

The Falcons dropped a 10-0 decision in five innings against South Elgin in a Class 4A Hoffman Estates regional semifinal.

The squad was no-hit as they finished the 2014 season with an 18-14 record.

St. Francis

There won't be a deep playoff run for the Spartans this spring after the squad lost 4-1 against Kaneland in nine innings in the Class 3A Plano regional championship game Saturday.

St. Francis scored its lone run in the fifth inning before Kaneland answered with a run in the sixth and then three in the ninth.

Jason Sullivan started on the mound and allowed four hits and no earned runs while striking out five. Jack Ciombor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Zach Prociuk was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Spartans advanced to the title game after a 7-1 win against Sandwich on May 28. Christian Kuzemka allowed just two hits in five innings of work before Matt Kelly pitched two innings of hitless relief.

William Purdom was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Jake Radel and Brett Whelton also had two hits apiece.

Wheaton Academy

The Warriors bowed out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 2-0 loss against Burlington Central in a regional semifinal on May 29.

Wheaton Academy was held to three hits in the contest, with Jake Lindstedt notching two of them.

Brett Albaugh was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out eight in six innings.

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