Prep Roundup: St. Charles East baseball rolls as Asquini wins No. 300
ELGIN – Alex Abate, Brannon Barry and Adam Rojas had two hits apiece Thursday to help the St. Charles East baseball team deliver coach Len Asquini his 300th career win with a 12-0, five-inning victory against Larkin.
Asquini confirmed reaching the landmark – sort of.
"That's what [assistant coach Mark Foulkes] says," Asquini said. "He's keeping track. Thank goodness someone is, huh?"
This is Asquini's 11th season coaching East and Year 3 of his second go-around as baseball coach.
"We've had a lot of great kids come through here and worked with a lot of great coaches," Asquini said. "It's been wonderful at St. Charles High School. Hoping for a lot more of those years, solid years and competitive baseball."
Austin Regelbrugge (5-2) pitched four innings to get the win. Barry drove in three runs for the Saints (23-9, 18-7 Upstate Eight Conference River).
St. Charles North 11, Elgin 1: At St. Charles, North routed Elgin to sweep the UEC River series.
Class 2A Westminster Christian Regional: Aurora Christian won its regional semifinal, 10-1, as Cody Worst went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Stephen Buhrt and P.J. Cole each added two hits in support of winning pitcher R.D. Lutze for the Eagles, who advance to Saturday's regional final against Rockford Christian.
Burlington Central 7, Rock Falls 0: At Burlington, Brooke Gaylord pitched a one-hitter and also went 3 for with a home run and a double to help Central (21-9) prevail in its regular season finale.
Central struck out 14 times against Rock Falls pitcher Michaela Ward, who BC coach Wade Maisto said featured "the best riseball we saw all season."
Yorkville 6, Geneva 5 (9 inn.): At Geneva, Annika Radabaugh extended her program-record single season home run mark to 10 and Rylie Porretto also homered but Geneva (19-12) fell in extra innings. Yorkville scored two in the top of the ninth and the Vikings scratched one run across in the bottom half of the inning.
McKenna Schimmel added two doubles and Anna Geary drove in two for Geneva.
Class 1A state preliminaries: At Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Aurora Christian junior Natasha Brown registered the top qualifying time in the 200 meters for Saturday's finals, completing her heat in 25.07 seconds. Brown also will join Alyssa Andersen, Meghan Hagerty and Hope Montalbano in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay finals.
Eagles senior Peyton Wade qualified for finals in the 110-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump.
Class 2A prelims begin at 8 a.m. today, with 3A prelims set to start at noon.