They are No. 1!
Buffalo Grove's sophomore baseball team (22-5) laid claim to that distinction in the Mid-Suburban East with a stellar 14-2 record against league opponents.
"We exceeded our expectations," said coach Norm Hillner.
The Bison put together a 10-game winnning streak during the season and finished with a 4-game run.
Jeff Pink (7-0, .95 ERA) had a super season for the Bison. He it 3 homers, took 24 walks and collected 27 RBI to lead the offense.
The Bison's heart of the batting order, including Dan Love and Josh Shearn, made good contact.
Love had 29 hits, Pink 33 and Shearn 26.
Besides Pink, Joe Saviano (5-0, 1 ave, 2.52 ERA) and Tim Jensen (4-1, .71 ERA) provided additional pitching power.
The staff was even deeper with Matt Weber (2-0, .52 ERA), Shearn (2-0, 1 save), Bob Sajdak (1-1) and Jordan Nichols (1-0).
Brian Baum (.351) and Steve Hardy (16 stolen bases) also helped defensively.
Trevor Kahn, Jason Cutler, Rob Forshall, Dan Solley, Eric Odelson, MarkMichalak and Mike McIntyre also shared in the success.
Freshmen. The Bison freshmen found the new East Division much to their liking as they won 10 of 13 o finish 18-7 overall.
They finished the season with a 7-game winning streak.
"Our pitching did a great job," said coach Brian Biernacki.
Jason Hames (7-0, .68, 42 innings, 69 strikeouts) paced the Bison, and Mike Petrie (6-0, 2.62) was close behind him.
Brett Karol, Nick Gord and James Kuzynowski also pitched well.
The pitchers got outstanding support from their defense, including Gord at shortstop, Brian Mucha and Dan Maroc at third and shortstop and Tim Macasek and Alex Murman at second.
Eric Crost (.436, 4 homers, 23 BI) was the leading hitter on the team.
Karol (.429, 8 doubles, 19 RBI), Mucha (.416, 8 triples, 21 RBI), James (.386, 11 stolen bases) and Greg Skyles and Kevin Love (.333 each) and J.R. Salinas also were key contributors to the offense that carried a .335 team average.
- Jeff Clarkson
Reaching their goal of finishing in the top three in the Mid-Suburban East put a nice finishing touch on a fine season by Prospect's freshmen.
The Knights finished 19-9, 9-5 in the East and second behind Buffalo Grove.
"The kids kept getting better," said coach Kevin Katovich. "They met all the team's and personal goals."
Mike Anderson (.410), Rich Horvath (.375), Greg Dorka (.360 with only 2 strikeouts), George Smith (.375) and Steve Haasck (.350) led the hitters.
Pat Wilson, Mike Campagna, Steve Lesniak and Paul Schoenbeck hit over .300 to give the Knights depth at bat.
Horvath led with 25 RBI and Haack added 20.
Smith (8-2, 2-2), Dorka (5-2), Wilson (3-2), John Crabtree (2-1) and Mike Hatfield (1-1) shared in the pitching chores.
Dorka, Anderson and Haack in the outfield, and Lesniak, Campagna, Todd Decker, Blair Schoell, Crabtree and John Yario helped in the infield.
Sophomores. The Knight sophomores (16-16, 9-7 in the East) needed some time before they started reaching a peak.
They had a 4-game winning streak in the second half to finish .500.
"Halfway through the season, we started playing better," said coach Ken Stiff. "The most improvement was on defense. We started making more double plays."
Eric Cundiff at shortstop, first base and third base made significant strides on defense.
Jeff Hahn (3-3, 2.65 ERA), Matt Hills (4-2, 3.56) and Andrew Mays (2-2, 4.41) had strong efforts pitching.
Bobby Boll (.448, 18 RBI), Cundiff (.448) and Hills (.452) all hit over .400 for the Knights.
Jeff DeFrancesca (.333) and Mays (.300, 4 homers, 19 RBI) also hit well.
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