Baseball at any level is more of a marathon than a sprint. Although weather can be a deterrent, particularly this spring, most Illinois high school baseball teams manage to squeeze in 30 to 35 games every season.
Regardless of what the near future holds, the Riverside-Brookfiled baseball team is off to a fast start this season. RBHS (9-2, 6-0 Metro Suburban) extended its winning streak to seven games with three victories last week. The Bulldogs outscored their three opponents by a combined score of 24-3.
Jarod Turina went the distance with eight strikeouts during an 8-2 win over visiting Timothy Christian on April 12. Ryan Cermak and John Kosner paced the offense with three hits apiece and Mike Schicker added two hits for the Bulldogs. Clinging to a 3-2 lead, RBHS broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.
RBHS also routed host Evergreen Park 13-1 on April 11 as winning pitcher Nathan Roberto allowed one run and struck out four in five innings of work. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the third inning, six in the fourth and four in the fifth to account for all their runs. Howie Hatton, Griffin Jordan and Schicker had two hits each, while Cermak and Schicker drove in three runs apiece.
Junior pitcher Eric Steensma earned in his first varsity win, allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts over six innings in a 4-0 win over York in conference play.
Bryce Moskiewicz and Michael Mitchell both went 2-for-4. Moskiewicz also knocked in two runs for the Lions (5-2, 1-2 West Suburban Silver). In other games last week, LTHS lost to York, 4-3, and Hinsdale Central, 7-2.
Alyssa Stramaglia and Gianna Amundsen both hit home runs, drove in three runs and scored twice to power Fenwick past Loyola 12-6 on April 10. Cassandra Lee (4-for-5, 4 RBIs) earned a save for the Friars (5-6).
In other games last week, Montini routed Fenwick 15-0 in Lombard and Bishop McNamara defeated the Friars 5-1. Rachel Martinez went 1-for-3 and scored a run against Bishop McNamara.
RBHS boys volleyball
The Bulldogs won two of three matches last week. RBHS beat Illiana Christian 25-15, 25-21 and Hinsdale Central 25-18, 25-18 in a pair of impressive road victories.
Jason Bageanis had eight kills with support from DJ Degand and Vejas Cuplinskas (4 kills each) against Illiana Christian.
Jonah Raith dished out 19 assists. Cuplinskas tallied a game-high eight kills and two aces against Hinsdale Central. The Bulldogs, who beat the Red Devils for the second time in three days, also received strong efforts from Bageanis (6 kills), Colby Campbell (5 kills), Degand (4 kills, 7 digs) and Raith (18 aces).
Leyden topped RBHS a 25-21, 29-27 in the Bulldogs’ lone loss last week.
Fenwick boys water polo
The Fenwick High School boys water polo team made its annual trip to St. Louis to take part in the DeSmet Invite over the weekend. The lengthy trip proved worthwhile as the Friars won four of five matches.
Fenwick defeated Strake Jesuit from Houston 8-5 and also top Missouri teams Parkway South 16-4, Parkway West 10-5 and Lindbergh 15-6.
St. Louis University High School prevented a Friars’ sweep with a 6-4 victory in the tourney finale.
“We looked a little rusty against Strake Jesuit after the five-hour van ride,” Fenwick coach Kyle Perry said. “The rest of the games were pretty good. All 11 field players and our goalie had assists or goals over the course of the weekend.
“Due to injury, illness and the ACT, we brought along four freshmen, two that were playing in their first varsity games. All the teams we played were great.”
Fenwick junior Payton Comstock was named to the All-Tournament Team and tournament MVP. Dan Lynch, Nate Fisher, Ivan Soto, Nathan Krippner and Dan Badja, along with freshmen Will Gurski, Pete Buinauskas, Liam McCarthy and Connor McCarthy, all contributed for the Friars. Manny Ruiz stepped up into the starting goalie role and recorded nine saves in the championship game
Fenwick (18-4, 8-0) has already earned the top seed for the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Tournament.
Nazareth Signing Day
Nazareth Academy senior student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play their respective sports in college at the National Spring Signing Day.
The list includes Angelica Ariola, women’s soccer, Trevecca Nazarene; Eduardo Gonzales, football, College of DuPage; Bobby Grimes, baseball, Triton; Julian Lopez, baseball, Loras; Dominic Milano, baseball, Triton; Joshua Oglesby, football, Dubuque; Chance Roach, baseball, Carthage; Ethan Tosheff, men’s lacrosse, Florida Tech; Ryan Turgeon, baseball, Dayton; Paolo Zavala, baseball, Loras.
Sophomore DJ Steward has been offered a basketball scholarship by the University of Florida.
Illinois, Illinois State, DePaul, Georgia Tech and UAB have also offered a scholarship to the nationally ranked guard.