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Baseball

Sectional streak comes to a close for Nazareth

GLEN ELLYN – All good things come to an end.

A streak of five straight sectional titles for Nazareth's baseball team was snapped on June 4 in a 3-0 loss against Fenwick.

The Friars, which went on to win a sectional title for the first time in the program's history by beating Montini 6-2 in the final, got a strong pitching performance from Kevin Forde to shut out the Roadrunners in the sectional semifinal.

Jake Bartels was plagued by three unearned runs in the third inning and that was all Fenwick needed.

The Roadrunners outhit Fenwick 8-5, but left nine runners stranded including leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Baldwin had two hits in the loss for Nazareth, which finished the season 23-15.

Nazareth had little trouble winning its sixth straight regional title as it defeated Chicago Phoenix Military Academy 11-0 in a regional semifinal before defeating St. Joseph 6-1 for the title.

Nazareth's senior class had higher expectations in the postseason, but the end of the season was hardly the last game for the group as nine Roadrunners will continue their careers in college.

Tim DalPorto (Kent State), Peter Minella (Western Illinois), Jake Bartels (Western Michigan), Baldwin (St. Ambrose), Andrew Barreto (St. Ambrose), Brandon Gipson (Benedictine), Michael Greene (Coe College), Joey Nelson (Carthage) and Daniel Rybski (Indiana Institute of Technology) will fly the Nazareth flag at the next level.

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