ST. CHARLES – With aces Grant Greeno and Matt Albin on the mound, the regional semifinal between Glenbard West and Glenbard North was expected to be a pitcher's dual.
And the senior hurlers certainly didn't disappoint, allowing just nine combined hits in the contest played May 29 at St. Charles North.
One of those hits came from an unlikely source and turned out to be the game-winner as Panthers' freshman Zach Heck pinch-hit and drove in Nolan Jasinski with two outs in the seventh to give Glenbard North a 2-1 victory.
"It was a heck of a pitcher's dual," Glenbard West coach Andy Schultz said. "Albin was great, Greeno was great. I told people all day that it was going to be a 2-1 game either way. Unfortunately it went their way, not our way. A game like that comes down to who gets a key hit and it's unfortunate that it turned out that way. But I'm happy with how we competed, not just [against Glenbard North] but the whole season."
Greeno took the loss despite striking out nine and yielding only five hits.
"He's the best," Schultz said of Greeno. "He's been our guy on the mound all year. He threw the kind of game you would expect him to throw in a game like that and he gave us an opportunity to win.
"Every time he takes the mound, he gives it everything he's got. And it's nice as a coach to hand the ball to someone and not have to worry about anything. He was phenomenal."
Trailing 1-0, Glenbard West knotted up the score in the top of the sixth inning when Hayden Carlson singled, stole second and was driven in by a single from Will Simoneit.
The Hilltoppers were limited to four hits, with Billy Becker adding a double and Greeno also providing a single.
The loss left the team with a final record of 17-17.