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Prep roundup: Batavia seals outright UEC River baseball crown

BATAVIA – The Batavia baseball team clinched the Upstate Eight Conference River title outright Tuesday as the Bulldogs won a resumed game against Streamwood and St. Charles East lost to Larkin.

Batavia (25-3-1, 19-2-1 UEC River) held a 5-3 lead against Streamwood with one inning to play when the game was resumed Tuesday, and Laren Eustace pitched the bottom of the seventh to make a winner out of Ryan Olson in a game that started in Streamwood.

Batavia and Streamwood then started their regularly scheduled game Tuesday with the Bulldogs leading, 3-0, in the bottom of the sixth when the game was halted by lightning. It will be resumed Friday before the Bulldogs and Sabres attempt to play the final game of their three-game conference series.

The Bulldogs are back-to-back UEC River champions, having shared the honors with St. Charles East last year.

"It was actually very quiet," coach Matt Holm said of the celebration. "Guys didn't have much to say. … We just wanted to get it and move on and focus on other things. That's the group. They're a focused kind of group."

Larkin 2, St. Charles East 0: At Elgin, St. Charles East fell despite Adam Eck allowing only two hits in six innings of work. One of those hits was a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. East (21-9, 16-7 UEC River) had eight hits but couldn't produce in clutch spots.

Marmion 10, St. Francis 0 (6 inn.): At Aurora, Marmion (15-7, 14-2 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) clinched its fourth conference title in five years as winning pitcher Alex Troop and Brady Roberts drove in three runs apiece. Troop fanned seven in five innings, allowing two hits.

Montini 2, Geneva 1: At Lombard, Ben Chally had Geneva's RBI and Bret Reed pitched six innings of two-run ball for the Vikings (19-12) in the non-conference loss.

Kaneland 6, Cary-Grove 4: At Cary, Kaneland's Nick Stratman and Ty Carlson had two hits apiece and Stratman notched the pitching win as Kaneland (15-14) snapped a five-game losing streak.


IHSA Class 3A West Chicago Regional: St. Charles East and West Chicago will resume their regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. today after lightning suspended play with the teams scoreless in the first 10 minutes of play.

"West Chicago came out with a lot of intensity," East coach Paul Jennison said. " … We know it’s going to be a tough game, there’s no doubt.”

IHSA Class 2A Rosary Regional: Kaneland (14-3-2) roared to a regional semifinal win against Rochelle, prevailing, 7-0. Brittany Olson scored two goals and Madi Jurcenko and Courtney Diddell each had a goal and two assists for the Knights, who will play the winner of today's Rosary-Illinois Math and Science Academy match in Saturday's regional final.

IHSA Class 2A De La Salle Regional: Wheaton Academy cruised to an 11-0 regional semifinal win against Gage Park. The Warriors will play St. Francis in Friday's regional final after the Spartans topped host De La Salle, 2-0, in the other semifinal.


Geneva 2, Elgin 0 (25-12, 25-16): At Geneva, Chris Parrilli smacked 18 kills and Brandon Navigato had seven digs as Geneva wrapped up UEC River play with a 4-1 mark.


Hinsdale Central 9, St. Charles North 4: North was eliminated from the postseason despite goals from Zach Behrens, Dean McBride, Eric Koppang and Cameron MacKenzie.

• Thomas Delves contributed to this report.

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