Baseball: Glenbrook South’s Sully Stadler to join brother on field at IndianaWalker Stadler pitches for Indiana University.
Updated: April 10, 2012 7:20PM
It’s safe to say Sully Stadler will feel at home in Bloomington next season.
The Glenbrook South senior will play baseball for Indiana, the same school both of his parents attended, and where his brother, Walker, now studies. For the first time, the Stadler brothers will play on the same team.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” said Walker, a redshirt sophomore pitcher for the Hoosiers. “He’s come on a couple of visits, and the teammates love him. We all are looking forward to seeing him in the uniform.”
First, Sully wants to help the defending CSL South champion Titans produce another successful season.
The 6-4 left-hander is off to a good start. He improved to 3-0 with the first perfect game of his career. Stadler struck out 10 batters in five innings in Glenbrook South’s 11-0 win over Schaumburg last week.
Stadler remained understated about his accomplishment.
“As long as we win, I’m excited,” he said.
Stadler said the biggest difference in his third varsity season is between the ears.
“My mentality has changed a lot,” he said. “I am more confident going up on the mound now.”
Stadler is one of several strong arms for Glenbrook South, which hopes to capture the program’s first sectional championship since 1994. The Titans last went to the state tournament under coach Jeff Aaron in 1988.
“It’s been really fun playing with these seniors for the last time,” Stadler said. “Hopefully, we have a long run in the playoffs.”
Meanwhile, Walker is just happy to be playing.
The 2009 Glenbrook South graduate injured his shoulder and sat out all last season. The 6-4 right-hander started throwing off the mound again in January and said he’s now at 100 percent.
“I’m getting back into the swing of things,” he said. “It felt like it took forever to get back after surgery, but I rehabbed every day over the summer and in the fall. I’m starting to feel like the old Walker again.”
Heading into the week, Walker had pitched 11 innings in eight relief appearances. He’s 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA.
“This has been a dream,” he said of playing at Indiana, where his father, Matt, was a swimmer in the early 1980s. “I’ve been coming to Bloomington my whole life, and that definitely played a big role in my decision.”
Glenbrook South stood at 8-3 overall after beating St. Patrick 9-7 on Saturday.
The Titans, scheduled to start the CSL slate against Deerfield on Tuesday, play Niles North Thursday and Buffalo Grove on Saturday.