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Baseball: Hinsdale Central coach Justin Cronin steps down

Nov 9, 2012

Hinsdale Central baseball coach Justin Cronin resigned Thursday due to personal reasons.

Baseball: Tim Dunderdale named Westminster Christian coach

Nov 8, 2012

Tim Dunderdale has been named Westminster Christian baseball coach. Dunderdale served as an assistant coach at Johnsburg for the past six seasons. He replaces Jeff Moeller, who led the Warriors to the Class 1A state championship in 2010 and resigned following the 2012 season.

Oak Park-River Forest’s Nick Kowalczuk and Lyons’ Keith Lehmann have decided to follow similar college destinations to Michigan.

Nov 8, 2012

Nick Kowalczuk and Keith Lehmann have battled against each other several times as West Suburban Silver rivals. Now that they have decided to go to …

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Baseball: Simeon’s Corey Ray plays in all-star game, wants to be ambassador of the sport

Nov 8, 2012

Simeon outfielder Corey Ray started for the National Team in Saturday’s Under Armour All-Star Game at Wrigley Field, and was 0-for-3 in a 7-6 loss to the Americans. But the results mattered less than the chance to add another memory to a career that had a rather humble start around a dozen years ago.

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Baseball: Naperville Central’s Cody Campbell commits to Minnesota

Nov 8, 2012

Naperville Central pitcher Cody Campbell agreed Thursday to play baseball at University of Minnesota.

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Baseball: Report: Lyons’ Keith Lehmann chooses Michigan

Nov 8, 2012

Lyons standout Keith Lehmann, as one of the biggest talents remaining in the area among the Class of 2013, has reportedly given a verbal commitment to Michigan.

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Baseball: Barrington pitcher Wyatt Trautwein follows in family footsteps

Nov 8, 2012

Incoming Barrington junior Wyatt Trautwein has a team of in-house pitching coaches. His dad, David, pitched for six years in the New York Mets’ system, and his grandfather, Jack, played in the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox organizations in the 1950s.

Baseball: Dundee-Crown names Jon Anderson coach

Nov 8, 2012

Dundee-Crown has hired Jon Anderson as the school’s fourth baseball coach in six years. The Barrington graduate played four years at the University of Illinois and in the Boston Red Sox organization.

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Baseball: Max Larsen leads Lyons to summer title

Nov 8, 2012

Max Larsen pitched five-hit ball over six innings and drove in three runs as Lyons beat Joliet Catholic 7-3 at Benedictine University in Lisle to win the unofficial summer state title. Tourney MVP Mike Lorenz and Tom Prescott added two hits each for the Lions, who won the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic for the fourth time since 2002.

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Baseball: Chris Tschida, Joliet Catholic roll into championship game

Nov 8, 2012

Chris Tschida went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run as Joliet Catholic opened a big lead and held off St. Laurence 7-4 Thursday to advance to the final of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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Baseball: Sam Cybulski’s extra-inning hit sends Lyons to final

Nov 8, 2012

Sam Cybulski’s RBI single to right drove in Mike Lorenz in the bottom of the eighth, lifting Lyons past Jacobs 5-4 Thursday in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Asociation’s Phil Lawler Classic at Benedictine University in Lisle.

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Baseball: Jacobs falls to Lyons in extras

Nov 8, 2012

After surrendering a four-run lead against Jacobs on Thursday, Lyons plated a run in the eighth inning to prevail 5-4 and advance to the championship game of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic at Benedictine University.

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Baseball: St Laurence falls to Joliet Catholic

Nov 8, 2012

Though the Vikings knocked the ball around plenty, loading the bases in both frames, they couldn’t knock enough runners around to score, ultimately falling 7-4 to Joliet Catholic in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Phil Lawler Classic at Benedictine University in Lisle.

Baseball: Family tradition continues at Lyons

Nov 8, 2012

Sam Heilenbach is the latest member of his family to play baseball for coach George Ushela at Lyons. On Thursday night, Sam earned what his relatives could never accomplish during their playing careers at Lyons. Sam became a member of a summer league championship team.

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Baseball: St Laurence pounds out 13 hits, sails into semifinals

Nov 8, 2012

St. Laurence crushed 13 hits Wednesday, with every starter reaching base at least once, during a 13-3, six-inning win over Montini at Benedictine University.

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Baseball: New travel team takes players out of high school ball

Nov 8, 2012

Next year, a local travel squad intends to launch a similar calendar for a team of 16-and-under players — a plan that has rankled some in the high school baseball community who think the well-heeled Gravel Baseball organizers could drastically alter the prep landscape.

Baseball: Keith Lehmann’s bat, Alex Vannucci’s two-hitter vault Lyons into semis

Nov 8, 2012

Keith Lehmann’s two-run, sixth-inning double gave pitcher Alex Vannucci all the offense he needed as Lyons edged Maine South 2-1 Wednesday at North Central College in Naperville to advance to the semifinals of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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Baseball: Chris Tschida, Nick Dalesandro key Joliet Catholic victory

Nov 8, 2012

Current Joliet Catholic leader Chris Tschida had three RBI, and rising sensation Nick Dalesandro broke a tie game with an RBI single in the sixth inning as the Hilltoppers held on for a 7-5 win over Maine South Wednesday at North Central College in Naperville in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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Baseball: Jacobs uses four-run fifth to topple Montini

Nov 8, 2012

Jacobs scored four runs in the fifth inning Wednesday to defeat Montini 4-2 and advance to the semifinals of the 2012 IHSBCA Phil Lawler Summer Classic at Benedictine University in Lisle. The Golden Eagles face Lyons on Thursday with a berth in the championship game at stake.

Baseball: Summer state finals postponed

Nov 8, 2012

Rain washed out Tuesday’s games at the IHSBCA’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic, pushing those contests back one day.

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Baseball: Carmel hires Dann Giesey as head coach

Nov 8, 2012

Dann Giesey, who was Johnsburg’s head coach for the past six seasons, has been hired for the same job at Carmel.

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Baseball: Lyons’ Keith Lehmann stymies Joliet Catholic

Nov 8, 2012

Keith Lehmann pitched a four-hitter as Lyons knocked off Joliet Catholic 6-2 at Benedictine University in Lisle in the first round of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Classic.

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Baseball: St Laurence overcomes errors, survives Crystal Lake South

Nov 8, 2012

Roger Wilson’s RBI single in the ninth helped St. Laurence overcome five errors and beat Crystal Lake South 5-4 Monday in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Classic.

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Baseball: Maine South squeezes past Wauconda

Nov 8, 2012

Eric Sons’ suicide squeeze bunt scored Gehrig Parker with the winning run as Maine South edged Wauconda 5-4 Monday in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches’ Association’s Phil Lawler Classic at Benedictine University in Lisle.

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Baseball: Chris Bartosz pitches Montini past Jacobs

Nov 8, 2012

Chris Bartosz allowed three hits over six innings as Montini beat Jacobs 5-1 Monday in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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Baseball: Joliet Catholic bounces back, ousts Wauconda

Nov 8, 2012

Matt Testa threw three-hit ball over six innings as Joliet Catholic rebounded from an earlier loss to Lyons to eliminate Wauconda 7-1 Monday in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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Baseball: Tim Hubner’s outing keeps Jacobs in hunt

Nov 8, 2012

Tim Hubner pitched five-hit ball over six innings as Jacobs eliminated Crystal Lake South 6-0 Monday in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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Baseball: Joliet Catholic’s Chris Tschida comes up clutch in classic

Nov 8, 2012

Joliet Catholic’s Chris Tschida singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Hilltoppers edged Joliet West 1-0 Thursday in the Lockport Regional final of the IHSBCA/Phil Lawler Classic summer state tournament at Ed Flink Field.

Baseball: St Laurence steamrolls Marist in regional final

Nov 8, 2012

T.J. Marik was 3-for-3 with two RBI, and Chris Stearns was 3-for-3 with three runs scored as St. Laurence cruised past Marist 11-1 in six innings Thursday in the Richards Regional final of the IHSBCA Phil Lawler Classic.

Baseball: Alex Vannuchi, Lyons down Maine West

Nov 8, 2012

Lyons scored in every inning, and Alex Vannuchi pitched five frames of two-hit ball as the Lions pounded out 13 hits and smacked three home runs in a 10-0, six-inning victory Thursday over Maine West to win the Fenwick Regional final of the IHSBCA Phil Lawler Classic.

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Baseball: Wauconda tops Carmel to reach Elite Eight

Nov 8, 2012

Wauconda earned a trip to the Elite Eight round of the IHSBCA Phil Lawler Classic by beating Carmel 7-5 in Thursday’s finale of the Libertyville Regional.

Baseball: Maine West puts away Oak Park-River Forest in 13 innings

Nov 8, 2012

With Maine West’s Crosley Duckmann on second base, cousin Geoff Duckmann sent him flying home with the eventual winning run in the 13th inning for a 5-4 marathon victory over Oak Park-River Forest Wednesday in a Fenwick Regional semifinal of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Summer Classic state tournament.

Baseball: Tom Prescott leads Lyons past St Joseph

Nov 8, 2012

Lyons southpaw Tom Prescott crushed a two-run triple in the fifth inning that proved to be the winning margin and went the distance on the mound in a 3-1 victory over St. Joseph in a Fenwick Regional semifinal of the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Summer Classic state tournament on Wednesday.

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Baseball: Marist blasts Oak Forest; St Laurence tops St Rita in extras

Nov 8, 2012

Marist smashed 18 hits and jumped out to a 9-1, fourth-inning lead en route to toppling Oak Forest 12-8 on Wednesday in an IHSBCA Richards Regional semifinal. In the first game, St. Laurence edged St. Rita 5-4 in eight innings on Kevin White's RBI single.

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Baseball: Ryan Peter, Sam Couch power Joliet Catholic past Lincoln-Way North

Nov 8, 2012

Ryan Peter played his new role as a cleanup hitter to the hilt on Wednesday, belting a three-run, first-inning homer to lead Joliet Catholic past defending summer state champion Lincoln-Way North 5-1 in a Lockport Regional semifinal of the IHSBCA/Phil Lawler Classic.

Baseball: Zack Thomas, Joliet West edge Andrew

Nov 8, 2012

Zack Thomas earned the win and had three hits and three RBI Wednesday in Joliet West’s 7-6 victory over Andrew in the semifinals of the Lockport Regional in the IHSBCA/Phil Lawler Classic summer state baseball tournament at Ed Flink Field.

Baseball: Hinsdale Central’s Matt Silk makes smooth return to field

Nov 8, 2012

Matt Silk returns to the field this summer as a Hinsdale Central shortstop after missing much of last season due to an injury.

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Baseball: Oak Forest comeback shocks Mount Carmel

Nov 8, 2012

Oak Forest rallied from a seven-run deficit with a 10-run sixth and went on to edge Mount Carmel 11-10 in eight innings Tuesday in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Richards Regional quarterfinals.

Baseball: Conor Funk’s homer carries Marist past Richards

Nov 8, 2012

Conor Funk’s two-run homer in the sixth inning helped Marist get past the host Bulldogs 9-8 Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Richards Regional.

Baseball: Montini knocks out Naperville Central

Nov 8, 2012

Ninth-seeded Montini got an unearned run in the ninth inning to eliminate top-seeded Naperville Central 5-4 Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Glenbard South Regional.

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Baseball: New-look Brother Rice knocks off Marian Catholic

Nov 8, 2012

Ian McGinnis pitched two-hit ball over six innings, and Jake Barry and Kevin Biondic slugged two-run homers as Brother Rice blanked Marian Catholic 4-0 Monday in first-round action of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Richards Regional.

Baseball: Naperville Central rolls by Bolingbrook

Nov 8, 2012

Jumping all over four Bolingbrook pitchers, top-seeded Naperville Central posted a 17-0, five-inning shutout Monday afternoon in the the first round of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Glenbard South Regional.

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Baseball: Notre Dame’s Danny Hyde pops up on recruiting watch lists

Nov 8, 2012

A successful day at a recent Prep Baseball Report combine should help boost the recruiting profile of Notre Dame outfielder Danny Hyde.

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Baseball: Hinsdale South coach Paul Hoel has no problem with busy summer

Nov 8, 2012

Hinsdale South coach Paul Hoel is coaching summer league during the week and a travel team on weekends this summer, but isn’t complaining about the workload.

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Baseball: Championship culture awaits Kevin Elder at Arizona

Nov 8, 2012

Local pitching standout Kevin Elder left this weekend for the University of Arizona, where he will join a national champion after the Wildcats went undefeated throughout the postseason on their way to winning the College World Series.

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Baseball: Mount Carmel’s Jerry Houston chooses Oregon

Nov 8, 2012

Mount Carmel shortstop Jerry Houston has committed to Oregon, picking the Ducks over Notre Dame and Missouri.

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Baseball: Era ends for Picchiotti family

Nov 8, 2012

Jack Picchiotti was the last member of his family to play for Oak Park-River Forest, ending his prep career Saturday in the Class 4A state championship game. He scored the winning run in the Huskies’ 4-3 victory over Lyons.

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Baseball: Catholic League rolls past Public League

Nov 8, 2012

De La Salle’s Pat Haynes and Mount Carmel’s Sam Kint each drove in two runs Monday as the Catholic League beat the Public League 8-1 in all-star play at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Baseball: Sun-Times final rankings

Nov 8, 2012

Another season is in the books. Here's a look at Sean Duncan's final rankings. 

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Baseball: Michael Brennan’s hit wins Class 4A state title for Oak Park-River Forest

Nov 8, 2012

Oak Park-River Forest’s Michael Brennan singled with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the seventh to clinch a 4-3 victory over Lyons on Saturday. The win gave Oak Park its first state title since 1981 and prevented the Lions from repeating as state champs.


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