AURORA – Batavia freshman Josh Cogan won the singles championship on Saturday at the West Aurora Tennis Sectional, knocking off a pair of Naperville Central opponents in straight sets.
The only other player to win a sectional championship for Batavia was Frank Vermatt in 1982, according to Bulldogs coach Bob Kummer.
In the championship match, Cogan beat Kevin Bauman, 6-2, 6-3.
“The final match, it was very tough, Cogan said. “All the games were really long but I was able to close him out in he end which is what won what the match for me.”
Cogan is now 30-1, tying Vermatt for most wins in a season. Vermatt won 30 matches in 1983 when he placed fifth in the state tournament.
Cogan said such major accomplishments are “really thrilling,” but not because he is a freshman.
“We’re two warriors out on the court,” Cogan said. “I don’t think age would make that much of a difference.”
As a team, Batavia finished a distance second in the sectional to Naperville Central.
Marmion placed third, led by a third-place doubles showing from Josh Mason and Austin McWethy.
St. Charles East 1, Geneva 0 (8 inn.): At St. Charles, Pam Sommer’s sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Mary Kate Brooks, who had tripled, for the game’s only run.
Gaby Moe and Katie Stengler pitched four scoreless innings each for the Saints (23-9-1) in the regular season finale.
Nikki Davis went 2-for-4 for Geneva (16-17), which received a strong pitching performance from Kelly McCaffrey.
Neuqua Valley 4, St. Charles North 1: At Naperville, Ashley Seering provided the only run and the only hit for North (25-8, 17-3 Upstate Eight Conference) via a home run.
Batavia 12, Morris 8: At Morris, Batavia rallied from a 7-6 deficit with five runs in the top of the seventh inning for its 16th straight win.
Batavia (26-5) has tied the 2004 Elite Eight squad for most wins in program history.
Batavia’s Jordan Coffey hit a three-run home run and Tim Drish added a solo home run to lead off the seventh, his seventh homer of the season, all in the last seven games.
Chris Wood (7-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs.