Well, that reclamation project didn’t take long.
After briefly yielding first place in the Metro Suburban Conference to Glenbard South, the Riverside-Brookfield High School baseball team is back atop the MSC. The standings switch occurred last week when the Bulldogs ran the table with five wins, while Glenbard South dropped two of three games to Illiana Christian.
“We were in a little turmoil after losing two games to Glenbard South,” RBHS coach Dallas Till said. “It was great to see the guys bounce back and get back on a roll this week.”
Will Kincanon and Alex Nenadovic picked up two wins apiece and combined for three home runs to power the Bulldogs’ impressive run including a three-game series sweep of Fenton and solo victories against Glenbard South and Argo.
“It feels great to be back in control of our destiny,” Kincanon said. “We don’t have to be checking box scores. We just have to do our job, but our job isn’t finished.”
On Saturday, RBHS exploded for seven runs in the fifth en route to an 11-1 win over host Argo. Angelo Gabino and Joe Duffy both finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Kincanon chipped in a pair of hits, RBI and stolen base. Nenadovic (5-1) allowed an earned run and struck out three in four innings of work. David Sauer worked a scoreless inning to close out the game.
The Bulldogs battered Fenton, outscoring their MSC opponents 29-3 over three games. RBHS brought out the brooms with a 7-0 win over the Bison as Tom Leary tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts over five innings. Kincanon and Nenadovic both went yard and catcher Alex Spirios went 3-for-3. Matt Gara worked two scoreless innings of relief.
In the middle game of the series, the Bulldogs blanked the Bison 13-0 as Kincanon gave up just one hit and had 13 strikeouts. The versatile junior, who is 8-0 with a stingy 0.66 ERA, helped his own cause with a prodigious homer over the right field fence. Plenty of support also came from Max Duve (2-for-2, four RBI), Justin Rodriguez ((2-for-2, two RBI) and Leary (2-for-2, two RBI).
Fenton actually crossed home plate on multiple occasions in the opener; however, the Bulldogs still rolled to a 9-3 victory at scenic Redmond Park in Bensenville. Kevin Garvey ignited the RBHS offense with a two-run double in the first inning. After Duffy and Gabino drew walks, Kevin Fitzgerald singled and C.J. Duffek hit a fielder’s choice to trigger a three-run second. A Kincanon RBI double and Luke Keller sacrifice fly padded the lead for Nenadovic, who gave up one run on six hits and fanned five over five frames to earn the win.
The Bulldogs’ most meaningful victory was a 4-3 decision against Glenbard South on May 6. With RBHS up 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the game was suspended the previous week due to lightning.
Working off three days’ rest, Kincanon finished what he started, allowing one earned run with 12 punchouts to claim the critical continuation win.