Brian Twomey, shown here last month, hit a two-run homer against Argo on May 25 to key a 4-run fifth inning as the Bulldogs topped Argo 6-0 to advance to the IHSA regional finals against Whitney Young on May 28. (FILE)

Through traveling baseball, Riverside-Brookfield High School senior catcher Brian Twomey has become used to playing in beautiful professional and semi-pro stadiums.

“It’s the best. The seats can be empty but you just get that feeling you’re on the big stage,” Twomey said. “It’s nice being surrounded by something that’s bigger than you.” 

Twomey also is becoming acquainted with the special feeling when RBHS senior and pro prospect Owen Murphy is pitching.

At the Joliet Slammers’ DuPage Medical Group Field on April 19, Murphy threw his second no-hitter this season as the Bulldogs defeated Aurora Central Catholic 10-0 in six innings. With a 5-1 Metro Suburban Conference victory over Elmwood Park on April 25, the Bulldogs (15-2, 5-0 in MSC) have won 13 in a row.

“It’s kind of just the standard at this point. When somebody does by chance get a hit, that’s where the surprise is coming,” said Twomey, who will play at Lewis University next year. “[Murphy] knows what we expect out of him and he just goes out there and performs. We trust him to do it and he always does.” 

Murphy struck out 16 and surrendered his first walk this season to follow up his perfect game on April 5. Murphy (4-0, 0.00 ERA) has 70 strikeouts in 27 innings and allowed just four hits with one hit batter.

While his success on the mound has been notable, Murphy is almost more excited about his offensive numbers — .521 batting average with 12 homers, 43 runs batted in and 18 extra-base hits toward his 1.438 slugging percentage.   

“It’s been a good ride,” said Murphy, who hits second. “The whole mentality is get on base for the next guy, keep the line moving.” 

Jake Tyler had three hits and Connor Chapulis two with a double. Twomey did his part with three walks. The Bulldogs already have drawn 108 walks this season to contribute to a .494 on-base percentage. Murphy (17), Luke Yachnin (16) and Cooper Marrs (15) lead the way.

“I was lucky enough to do that that game. I fouled off some pretty good two-strike pitches,” Twomey said. “Seeing pitches is definitely one of the strengths on this team. We work pitchers so the pitch count runs up with us.” 

RBHS boys track and field

The RBHS boys dominated the Elmwood Park’s 24th Annual Tiger Classic on April 22.

The Bulldogs finished first and second in the 800 meters with Paul Proteau (2:02.94) Jack O’Brien (2:03.60), the 1,600 with Will Kallas (1,600 in 5:01.00) and Brennan Lester (1,600 in 5:02.00) and the 3,200 with Brady Norman (10:21.69) and Zack Gaynor (10:39.57) and 1-3 in the 400 with James Dalton (53.37) and Eamon Ryan (57.66).

Devontae Givens won discus (127 feet-3.5 inches) and was second in shot put (36-6.5) and Luke Smithing won the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.72) and was third in the 110 high hurdles (17.21).

RBHS also won the varsity 800 relay (1:37.62), varsity 1,600 relay (3:45.06), varsity 3,200 relay (9:11.30) and freshman 3,200 relay (9:40.22). Matt Agnew (100 in 11.79), Jack Drumheller (18-5.75 in long jump), the freshman 400 relay (49.98) and freshman 800 relay (1:43.48) also were second. 

RBHS water polo

The RBHS boys (12-9) won their home invitational on April 23 by beating Shepard 14-4 in the finale after previously topping Hoffman Estates 9-6 and Maine East 10-2.

The Bulldogs, who also beat Schaumburg 16-2 April 18, have won four of their last five.

The RBHS girls (7-15) defeated Argo 18-8 on April 18.

RBHS boys tennis

Nick Sacharski won No. 2 singles and Owen Leander was third at No. 1 singles at the District 88 Tournament at Willowbrook on April 23. The Bulldogs were third overall.

RBHS girls track and field

The Bulldogs were fifth at Sandburg’s Bill O’Donovan Eagle Classic on April 21.

Gianna Gelb (1,600 in 5:38.67), Ava Connerty (300 low hurdles in 51.47) and the varsity 3,200 relay (Mia Wagner, Gelb, Bryce Pacourek, Lily Kocourek in 10:45.00) were second. Maria Dalton (3,200 in 13:15.76), Connerty (100 high hurdles in 17.24), the frosh-soph 1,600 relay (4:54.20) and frosh-soph 3,200 relay (13:16.14) were third. All top-three individual finishers achieved personal bests.