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Batavia, St. Charles East deserving co-champs

Sure, Batavia baseball would have loved to win the UEC River title outright, but it's probably fitting that the Bulldogs and St. Charles East are going down as co-champs for the 2013 season.

On one hand, Batavia has the better overall record and probably has been the more consistent team, all things considered, from the start to the end of the regular season, when you take nonconference performance into account.

But East hasn't been far behind, and the Saints beat the Bulldogs two out of three games when the teams played head-to-head, and that's got to count for something. Give both teams credit for closing the regular season with sweeps under the pressure of the conference race, and both teams had to pull some tight games out of the fire to make it happen.

Batavia was a surprise team this spring, so when the Bulldogs got off to a great start, some wondered if they might run out of gas at some points along the line.

The answer: Nope. Strong to the finish.

Winning a conference title is awesome, but both teams want to make sure they're still celebrating next weekend, which would mean they won a regional championship.

Sly likes both teams' chances to do so, but then again, it's baseball, and there are plenty of upsets in a one-and-done format.

Quick transition to soccer: Congrats to Rosary and Batavia on their regional titles on Friday nights.

When you look at the regionals results for the Tri-Cities teams (heck, Batavia, Geneva, East and North outscored their first-round opponents a combined 26-1), it's easy to see why people look at the Tri-Cities as a soccer stronghold.

That Hoffman Estates Sectional is going to have quite the Tri-Cities flavor next week ... should be a blast.

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