BOLINGBROOK – A day after graduation, Hinsdale Central seniors Austin Butler and Max Peters put exclamation marks on their high school baseball careers.
Butler tossed a complete-game two-hitter and Peters drove in the winning run as the Red Devils defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 1-0 in nine innings in a semifinal game of the Bolingbrook regional on May 30.
Butler shrugged off his performance, which brought his record to 4-4 for the season.
"I just went out there and tried to play as hard as I could every pitch of every inning," he said. "I knew the defense was behind me making plays, and I knew we were going to score.
"These hitters, those baserunners, everybody did their part and that's why we won."
Since Butler shied away from giving himself much credit, Hinsdale Central coach Jason Ziemer was more than happy to throw some praise toward his ace.
"That was one of the best pitching performances I've been a part of," Ziemer said. "His pitch count was 80 through nine innings and he didn't walk a guy. It was a dominant performance."
Hinsdale Central put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Muellner doubled and Ben Chapman came in to pinch run. Mike Johnson was intentionally walked before Peters hit a sharp grounder down the third base line to bring Chapman home.
"It feels pretty good," Peters said of bringing in the winning run. "He [WWS pitcher Brett Struebing] mixed up his locations really good so I just had to be ready for my pitch."
Soon after Chapman crossed home, Central's players formed a dog pile on top of Peters at first base.
Central played against Plainfield North in the regional championship game the next day and lost 8-6.
The Red Devils (19-17) answered North's three runs in the bottom of the first with three of their own in the second for a 5-3 lead. They led 6-4 after three innings but couldn't fend off a late North rally.
Johnson, Muellner and Ryan Haff all drove in two runs and leadoff hitter Spencer Wawak scored twice. Haff, Muellner, Jacob White and Matt Bruns each scored a run while Haff and Mark Dykstra each had two hits.
–Senior roll call
• Charlie Banke
• Matt Bruns
• Austin Butler
• Ryan Haff
• Matt Muellner
• Max Peters
• Nick Senicka
• Spencer Wawak
• Jacob White