PALATINE – A pitching duel for the first five innings, Wednesday’s nonconference baseball game between visiting St. Charles East and Fremd quickly transformed into a battle of resilient offenses.
The Saints earned a 7-4 victory courtesy of a six-run rally in the seventh. The game was tied at 1 entering the sixth.
“It was good to see us answer and keep fighting,” Saints coach Len Asquini said. “Just keep getting baserunners and then hopefully get fortunate with a big hit.”
Austin Regelbrugge’s two-run single helped open up the seventh as East improved to 3-0. Brannon Barry, Jake Milosch, Reid Olson and Regelbrugge had two hits apiece. Adam Eck struck out seven and allowed two hits and an unearned run in his five innings.
St. Charles North 4, Tipton-Rosemark (Tenn.) 3: At Dyersburg, Tenn., Cory Wright’s run-scoring double capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to lift North past the Tennessee power in Aaron Schuch tournament play. Sam Hubbe was the winner in relief for the 2-0 North Stars.
Geneva 6, Hinsdale Central 0: At Geneva, Garrett Davis limited Hinsdale Central to four hits in six shutout innings before Bret Reed worked around a walk in a scoreless seventh. Jason Croci went 3 for 3 for the 2-0 Vikings.
Joliet Catholic 7, Marmion 4: At Aurora, Alex Troop buoyed Marmion early on the mound and at the dish, striking out 10 in five innings while going 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs. The Cadets (0-2) surrendered five runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Aurora Central Catholic 1, Plano 0: At Aurora, ACC’s Andrew Bruss struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings before Matt Rahn registered the final out for the save. The Chargers are 5-1.
Aurora Christian 3, Marian Catholic 2: At Aurora, ACS improved to 2-0 as Daniel Brown, Johnathan Harrell and Drew Wagner drove in runs in a three-run third.
Geneva 3, Oswego 1: At Oswego, Geneva won its season opener behind a solid outing from Emily Plocinski, who spaced seven strikeouts and six hits in a complete game. Vikings Anna Geary and Rylie Porretto collected three hits apiece.
St. Charles East 7, Lake Park 4: At the Dome in Rosemont, East freshman catcher Rylee Stout delivered three hits – including two doubles – in her varsity debut.
“That’s good,” Saints coach Kelly Horan said. “It’s appearing as if I have a lot of options, which is a good problem to have.”
Alex Latoria earned the victory for 2-0 East.
Burlington Central 0-5, Waubonsie Valley 1-0: At the Dome in Rosemont, Central (1-2) rebounded to win the nightcap of an indoor doubleheader after the Warriors struck with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh in the opener.
Between Emily Kisch (Game 1) and Brooke Gaylord (Game 2), BC pitching yielded just six hits in 132/3 innings. Kisch added two hits and two RBIs in the second game.
St. Charles East 13, Elgin 2: At St. Charles, East rolled to an Upstate Eight Conference victory behind a doubles sweep. The No. 1 pairing of Cate Strahl and Hannah Larry won its match in three games along with the second tandem of Jill Patel and Kelsey Straumann.
Aurora Central Catholic 2, Plano 0: At Plano, Jordyn Sundberg scored three minutes into the game to boost ACC (1-0-1)