MSL East Coaches Work on Lineups Fremd Sophomores Make Early Statement as West Power
Mid-Suburban League baseball coaches are using the early games to help settle on lineups for the division races.
After a first-game loss to Addison Trail (10-2), the sophomore Huskies of Hersey settled down to win the nightcap 15-8.
The Huskies of the MSL East committed no errors in game two, compared to 4 miscues in the opener.
Hersey also cut down on strikeouts and saw the ball better, as evidenced by cleanup hitter Matt Austermuhle's 5 walks.
R.J. Faulkner gave up no hits in 3 innings of work while striking out 6. Alex Morales closed with 4 strikeouts in 2 good innings.
Dan Jurgenson hit a bases-loaded double to score 3 runs. Mike O'Donnell scored 4 runs and belted a triple. Joe Viola, who made a great diving catch in foul territory, also tripled.
Freshman Dominic Cappallonia had an outstanding day, going 4-for-8 with 3 runs scored and making a sensational catch in his first outing at center field.
Also helping out the sophomores this season are Matt Yost, Jason Cardella, John Reid, Anthony McGinn, Ben Criscutto, Chris Herling, Matt Joseph and Darren Razmus.
"If we get our priorities in order, if everyone commits to the team and if we're fundamentally sound, we'll be OK," said Hersey coach Dino Moran.
Freshman A. Hersey topped Addison Trail 11-6 on the strength of solid pitching from Eric Krumsee, Matt Hodge and Steve Alm, and sound hitting from Matt McEnerney, Nick Koch and John Peterson.
"We have a deep staff. We're solid all over," said Hersey coach Pete Drevline.
Andy Ruckstaetter, Koch, McEnerney, Alm and Hodge show prowess in the infield. Bob Grim, Krumsee, Kory Nedza, Peterson, Mike Reed and Pat Crowley control the outfield. Joe Kern and Don Goers are the catchers.
Freshman B. Bill Matheson, Art Blake, David Wetzel and Mike Hess will anchor a strong pitching staff for Hersey, while Dan Solan and Eric Furlet will handle the catching duties.
In addition to pitching, Matt Milazzo and David Steinbeck will see infield action. Shawn Adcock, another pitcher, will be utilized in several spots.
Mike Porto, David Steinbeck and Erik Ambrus also contribute defensively, while Sloan, Adam Patton and Nick Lipinski are strong hitters.
A clutch RBI single by Chris Boyk drove in the winning run as the Wheeling sophomores opened the season with a 2-1 win over Dundee-Crown.
Wheeling catcher Nick Gambro gunned down a runner trying to steal to end a Dundee scoring threat late in the game.
Bryce McKinney was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats, who are coached by Mark Menich.
Wheeling took a 2-0 record into spring vacation with an 11-0 shutout of Mundelein.
Mark Kirchner picked up the win on the mound and Jeff Tufano doubled for Wheeling.
Lone freshman Jason Wieder is the Wildcats' starting shortstop.
Also playing in the infield are Bobby Allen (3B), P.J. Hartung (2B), Kirchner and McKinney (1B), Mike Henry, John Kaplan, Nick Hahn, Matt Unger and Larry Watts.
The outfield consists of Boyk, Vito Rubiano (CF), Tufano (LF), Steven Galvez, Ray Tad-y and Ricky Sanchez.
Bobby Sagerman and Hahn are pitchers and Matt Witt is the backup catcher.
Freshmen. Ricky Carranza (5 IP, 1 hit, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts) allowed no earned runs as the freshman A Wildcats defeated Dundee-Crown 2-1.
Providing some offensive firepower were Scott Horwitch, Mike Wilson, William Wallis (RBI) and Matt Wilson (game-winning squeeze bunt).
Wheeling tied Mundelein 6-6 before darkness halted play. Horwitch (2 runs, 3 RBI) and Wallis each had 2 hits.
P.J. Domain scored 2 runs and made some nice plays at second base. Also standing out defensively was left fielder Kyle Ogrotnik.
"We've been playing some quality defense and making the plays behind the pitcher," said Wheeling coach Randy Weidner. …