ORLANDO, Fla. – The St. Francis baseball team split Tuesday’s doubleheader at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, defeating Fluvanna County (Va.), 5-4, before losing to Bullitt East (Ky.), 4-3.
Matt Kelly pitched five innings of one-hit ball in the opener. Zach Prociuk had two hits in the Bullitt East game.
St. Francis (2-1) ventured to Florida for its spring break trip this season after its 2013 trip to Champaign was canceled due to snow.
“It’s been great for the team being able to do spring training down here and being able to practice,” Spartans coach Rich Janor said.
St. Charles East 3-8, West Aurora 2-1: At St. Charles, East swept a season-opening doubleheader behind a pair of solid pitching efforts. Michael Boehmer struck out seven in the opener, while Austin Regelbrugge retired 13 straight Blackhawks after a leadoff single in Game 2. Both threw five innings.
Brannon Barry threw out the potential tying run from deep center field in the opener. Adam Rojas contributed a three-run double in the second game. The teams initially were set to play just one game, but amended the schedule considering recent weather and an ominous upcoming forecast.
St. Charles North 5, Obion City (Tenn.) 1: At Dyersburg, Tenn., St. Charles North opened the Aaron Schuh Memorial tournament behind Jack Dennis’ three hits and two RBIs.
Batavia 6, Willowbrook 1: At Wheaton College in Carol Stream, Batavia (3-0) remained unbeaten as Reagan McReynolds had an inside-the-park homer and drove in three runs. Colby Green and Ryan Olson combined on a four-hitter, allowing one unearned run.
Geneva 6, Oswego East 4: At Oswego, Geneva rallied for three sixth-inning runs to win its season opener. Nick Derr homered and drove in three runs, while Ben Chally struck out three in the seventh to notch the save.
Lincoln-Way Central 4, Marmion 3: At New Lenox, visiting Marmion was unable to hold on after scoring twice in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. The Cadets’ Gunnar Stanke (two RBIs) and Edgar Sanchez had two hits apiece in the season opener.
Aurora Central Catholic 14, Hinckley-Big Rock 4: At Aurora, ACC’s Ryan Poplowski and Matt Rahn both had two hits.
Aurora Christian 15, Serena 2 (5 inn.): At Serena, P.J. Cole went 3 for 4 with four RBIs to pace a 15-hit attack for ACS. J.T. Baksha doubled twice and drove in three runs.
St. Charles North 18, Plainfield Central 11: At Plainfield, North outscored Plainfield Central, 11-1, in the final two innings to rally for the win. North (1-0) got a home run, two doubles and five RBIs from Alexandra Millett, four hits and an RBI from Abby Howlett and two hits apiece from Emily Brodner and Mickey Goetz. Sabrina Rabin pitched a complete game for the North Stars.
Oswego East 2, Rosary 1: At Oswego, Rosary pitcher Elayne Young struck out 10 and walked only one, allowing four hits, but the Royals (0-1) did not produce enough offensive support in the season-opening loss. All of the game’s runs were scored in the sixth inning.
Serena 7, Aurora Christian 0: At Serena, Aurora Christian dropped its season opener in non-conference play.
Oswego East 4, Rosary 2: At Oswego, Rosary fell despite goalkeeper Lauren Frasca scoring a goal on a penalty kick.
Quincy Kellett had the other goal for the Royals (0-2), who were tied with Oswego East, 1-all, at halftime.
Aurora Central Catholic 0, Hinckley-Big Rock 0: At Hinckley, Bry Mandarino made six saves for ACC (0-0-1) to help the Chargers earn a tie in coach Kristy Kane’s ACC debut.
Geneva 2, Bartlett 1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-21): At Geneva, Sam Wulfkuhle (14 kills) and David Franz (15 assists) sparked Geneva’s comeback victory.