ROSELLE – St. Charles East junior Kyle Cook threw a no-hitter on Saturday as the East baseball team split a doubleheader with Lake Park, winning Cook's game, 2-0, and falling 9-8 in the second game.
East coach Len Asquini said there was a borderline hit-error call at third base that East ruled an error and Lake Park considered a hit.
"It was like in the third inning, and right way I said 'Error' to our [stat] guy," Asquini said. "Who knows that's going to be the difference in a no-hitter but either way, a shutout, one-hitter or no-hitter. Our book said no-hitter. Wonderful job."
Cook (6-3) faced a total of 23 batters, walking one, hitting one and striking out two. Several come-back grounders came his way, including one that was deflected to shortstop Jake Asquini in the fifth inning that Asquini slickly gathered and threw to first baseman Ben Smith for the out.
Coach Asquini called the win an excellent tuneup for the postseason as East had to manufacture both of its runs against a strong pitcher. Brannon Barry singled in Alex Abate in the first inning and Jake Milosch added a sacrifice fly in the fourth after Adam Rojas doubled.
The Saints played several reserves in the second game, about which Asquini said "as many mistakes as we made, to only lose by one run was a miracle."
The Saints cap the regular season with a 24-10 record.
Class 2A Westminster Christian Regional: Winning pitcher J.T. Baksha and Cody Worst both doubled in runs as Aurora Christian (15-11) won the regional title, advancing to Wednesday's Morrison Sectional semifinal against the Warren co-op.
Kaneland wins three: At Aurora, Kaneland swept a doubleheader at Rosary, 11-1 and 12-1 in five innings, and then won at West Aurora, 1-0, to cap the regular season with a three-win day.
Angie Morrow threw a shutout for the Knights (19-11) in the West Aurora game and also had an RBI double in the top of the seventh for Kaneland's lone run. Courtney Davis (Game 1) and Shannon Herra (Game 2) had the pitching wins in the sweep of Rosary.
Stone City Jamboree: At Minooka, St. Charles North beat Plainfield Central, 3-0, and fell to Lincoln-Way East, 7-4, to close the regular season with a 21-8 record.
Andrea Beal hit a two-run homer and made a great catch in center field in the Plainfield Central win. Sabrina Rabin threw a three-hitter and stole three bases in the win. In the Lincoln-Way East loss, Sam Hausl homered for the North Stars.
Geneva 8, Prairie Ridge 7: At Crystal Lake, Kaitlyn Plocinski and Rylie Porretto each drove in three runs as the Vikings (21-12) won a slugfest in which the teams combined for 25 hits. Rachel Fanella pitched a complete game for Geneva.
Waubonsie Valley Sectional: Batavia's Adam Maris and Ryan Sterling finished in second place in doubles to Wesley Lo and Daniel Delgrosso of Naperville Central, advancing to next week's state tournament. Sterling became the third player in Batavia program history to win 100 or more matches for this career.
Marmion sophomore John King advanced to the state tournament with a second-place singles finish to Naperville Central's Bill Zhang. The Cadets placed second as a team and Batavia fourth in the nine-team sectional.