NAPERVILLE – Mike Boehmer’s one-hitter kept the St. Charles East baseball team alive in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic on Tuesday and propelled the Saints into today’s semifinals.
East was facing elimination in the tournament after losing to Libertyville earlier in the day, but Boehmer handcuffed Glenbrook North in the nightcap to lead the Saints to a 5-0 victory.
“He was very, very masterful today,” East coach Len Asquini said of the senior right-hander. “Just all around the plate with everything for a strike. He got corners and up and down and in an out with his fastball, his curveball and his change-up. He was wonderful.”
The only hit for the Spartans was a clean single by David Simon with one out in the first. Simon was the only Glenbrook North player to reach base against Boehmer (4-1) at North Central College.
Simon got on board again in the fourth on an error.
“I really stepped up this game,” Boehmer said. “I was very happy with my control. … This is probably the best I’ve had since maybe my sophomore year.”
Boehmer needed just 65 pitches to complete his gem, throwing 48 of those for strikes.
“My fastball had a lot of movement on it, so that was helpful,” he said. “Otherwise, everything was working for me. I kept the curveball low, changeup every once in a while, they’d foul it off and I’d come back with a fastball.”
Boehmer’s Glenbrook North counterpart, Jared Epstein, struggled to find the zone early on, walking three batters and hitting two in the first two innings.
Still, the Saints (21-13) couldn’t score off him until the fourth.
Jake Rykoskey started the rally with a one-out double to left-center. After Mike Candre walked, Alex Abate beat out a bunt down the third-base line to load the bases. Ryan Schreiner followed with a grounder to third that Robert Stocking threw away, allowing three runs to cross the plate.
Rykoskey singled in the sixth and scored on Candre’s triple into the right field corner. Abate then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Candre.
The victory put the Saints into the semifinals of a state tournament for the second time in less than two months despite the loss of several graduating seniors.
“I think it’s really big,” Boehmer said. “It proves that even with the new guys coming in, we can still step up and compete.”
The Saints lost to Libertyville in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 4A state tournament this spring and the Wildcats proved to be a nemesis for East again in Tuesday’s first game at Zimmerman Stadium. Libertyville pounded out 13 hits in a 5-2 victory.
Austin Regelbrugge took the loss on the mound, allowing three earned runs and 11 hits in six innings.
“They hit the ball, but they never had a huge inning,” Asquini said. “I think you have to credit Austin because hit, hit, hit and then made some big pitches and got some big outs.”
Justin Lees got the victory for the Wildcats, allowing just three hits. He struck out five and walked four.
East’s only runs came in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles by Jake Clodi and Ben Smith.
That tied the game at 2, but Nick Rossetti put Libertyville back in front in the top of the fourth with an RBI triple to left.
East will face Lyons Township in a semifinal at 5 p.m. today at Benedictine University in Lisle.