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Our View: Thumbs up to local baseball, softball teams

Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs up to local baseball and softball teams that made it to the state finals last weekend.

The St. Charles East baseball and softball teams took part in the state final four last weekend, with baseball placing third and softball taking second in the Class 4A division of the Illinois High School Association.

Two teams qualifying for state from the same school, the same season, is highly unusual. But given the seasons these two teams had, it’s not surprising.

St. Charles East won 33 games this past softball season, the most successful in program history to date. While the Saints obviously wanted to win the whole thing, their three-run, seventh inning rally for a 3-2 win against powerhouse Barrington in the state semifinal may prove just as memorable.

For baseball, East coach Len Asquini said the team’s top priority of ensuring the Saints were sure-handed at catcher, second base, shortstop and center field was one of the reasons they made their first state appearance since 2004.

St. Francis’s baseball team also made it to state – for the first time in the school’s history – in the 3A class, and walked away with second place.

After starting the season 6-8, the team went on to win 18 of its next 21 games.

High school sports teach teamwork and instill appreciation for hard work and dedication, while encouraging players to constantly improve their abilities. All are skills that will prepare them for life after 12th grade.

We are proud of these excellent athletes, and hope their communities are too.

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