By Marty Farmer
The Nazareth Academy baseball team has won games in several impressive ballparks this season. With a 13-2-1 record midway through the regular season, the Roadrunners have notched victories at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida; Kerry Wood Field in Chicago; Joliet Slammers Stadium; and Wrigley Field.
The team has also taken care of business at home on the RJ Sanders Baseball Field by winning five of six games.
The Roadrunners' most impressive victory of the season arguably took place at Wrigley Field on April 17. Nazareth cruised past state contender Marist, 12-2, as winning pitcher Michael Prosecky allowed one run and struck out five over five innings.
Prosecky, a Louisville commit, is a hard-throwing lefty who is the ace of the Roadrunners' pitching staff. He's been on the varsity three years.
"Michael is ranked as one of the top lefty high school pitchers in the nation," Nazareth coach Lee Milano said. "He topped out at 94 miles per hour last summer."
Teddy Olander hit a triple with two RBIs and Tony Siranovic finished with two hits and two RBIs. Senior catcher Andrew McKenna, a three-year varsity starter, chipped in a pair of hits against Marist.
McKenna, who has committed to Holy Cross, has teamed with Prosecky to form one of the best pitcher/catcher combos in the state.
"Andrew brings a ton of positive energy to the team," Milano said. "He is one of the best-hitting catchers in the area."
The day before their game at Wrigley Field, Nazareth defeated Bolingbrook 12-1 at Joliet Slammers Stadium. Olander earned the win, scattering five hits and allowing one run in six innings. Led by Breven Reifsteck (4-for-4), the Roadrunners racked up 13 hits. Michael Milano, Cole Vercelli and Eric Kramer finished with two hits apiece against the Raiders.
In addition to the contributions of Prosecky and McKenna, Reifsteck, Vercelli, Michael Milano and senior infielder Zach Carmignani have fostered the team's terrific start. Vercelli will play at Carthage College next year, while Carmignani and Krug are headed to play for Triton's program.
The Roadrunners host a pair of upcoming games, April 24 against Crossroads Academy (4:45 p.m.) and Saturday, April 27 against Notre Dame (10 a.m.).