ST. CHARLES – Geneva’s baseball team needed a win to snap a three-game losing streak.
Sean Sinisko delivered a performance that helped the Vikings get on track.
The Geneva junior yielded just two hits over five innings to help lead the Vikings to a 6-2 win against host St. Charles East on April 13.
“I was feeling great,” Sinisko said. “Everything seemed to be working in the right situations. I was just trying to attack every batter on every pitch, trying to get it over the plate and having movement, keeping them on their toes and guessing.”
The lefty retired the first 10 batters he faced with seemingly little effort, and just one of the balls put in play in that span left the infield. He had five of his six strikeouts through 3 1/3 innings and needed just 65 pitches to get through five innings and earn the win.
“Everything was super sharp, his fastball, his change-up and his curveball,” Geneva coach Brad Wendell said. “He was throwing three pitches for strikes and everything just looked sharp.
“We needed that from him on the mound.”
Geneva was scuffling entering the game, having been shut out against Marmion 5-0 April 7 and then falling 2-1 and 3-1 against the Saints the previous two days. A solid pitching performance plus a 10-hit attack offensively was the boost the Vikings needed.
“This is the kind of game that gives us the confidence to play the elite teams like St. Charles North and Batavia,” Sinisko said. “Come out and attack every pitch every at-bat, and play our best ball.”
Dom Guido, Josh Rose and Graham Owen had three straight singles to start the second inning for the Vikings. Niko DiLeo’s groundout plated Guido, and Jason Peruba’s groundout scored Rose.
After the Saints cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fourth, Geneva answered with four runs in the top of the fifth.
Peruba, Nathan Dewey and Dylan Baer led off with three straight singles, the latter two attempted sacrifice bunts that went for hits. Jeremy Davis’ sacrifice fly scored Peruba. After Jack Olson reached on a fielder’s choice, Guido laced a double to deep left field to bring home Dewey and Olson. Rose followed with a double that scored Guido.
For a team that is relatively inexperienced, a win like the one the Vikings had against St. Charles East was a confidence booster.
“We have a lot of kids that haven’t played [varsity] before, a bunch of them with very limited innings,” said Wendell, whose team improved to 7-5 on the season with an 8-6 win against Bartlett on April 15.
“I think we have three or four guys that got consistent innings last year, and that’s it. Everyone else is kind of a new guy trying to figure it out. Wins like this help you figure it out.”
Patrick Griffin’s single scored John Carroll for East’s first run, and Niko Klebosits singled home John DelloStritto in the sixth, but that was the extent of the Saints’ offense as the struggles at the plate that started with Sinisko on the mound carried over throughout the game.
“As much as I’m upset about our offense, you have to give kudos to their guys,” said East coach Len Asquini, whose team topped West Chicago 13-0 April 15 to improve to 9-4 overall. “We did not do much offensively this whole series, so you have to give kudos to their pitchers. They hit their spots and were keeping us off balance.
“We were fortunate with our lack of offense to come out of this series with two wins.”
After Larkin scored three times in the top of the seventh to grab a 5-4 lead, the Bulldogs scored twice in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 win April 13.
Pinch-hitter Michael Downs hit a two-out single to right to drive in Quinn O’Brien with the tying run, and Glenn Albanese scored the winning run on a passed ball.
Anthony Carlini drove in two runs, and Jake Robinson and John Lemon both doubled and scored a run.
Albanese tossed a no-hitter against St. Charles North on April 17, but the North Stars earned the 1-0 win with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Cadets extended their recent winning streak to five games with a 12-2, six-inning win against visiting St. Joseph on April 17.
Bobby Pierce was 2 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored for Marmion (9-4 overall). Jack Molenhouse, Chase Stanke and Trevor Taus drove in two runs apiece, and Bryce Burton scored twice.
Marmion swept De La Salle 5-1 and 6-5 in a doubleheader April 15, topped DePaul 10-0 April 13 and got past Fenwick 7-5 April 12.
St. Charles North
Sam Faith’s leadoff walk, Jason Shanner’s stolen base, a groundout to move Shanner to third, and Sean Krueger’s sacrifice fly led the North Stars to a 1-0 win against Batavia on April 17 despite the Bulldogs’ Glenn Albanese throwing a no-hitter. North improved to 9-2 with the win.
The North Stars won big, 16-3, in a nonconference game against Lake Park on April 14.
Sean Nemetz was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Faith was 3 for 3 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored, and Shanner hit an RBI double in his only at-bat.
The Spartans jumped out to a 4-0 lead and surged ahead late in an 11-5 win against Bishop McNamara on April 17.
Matt Cooney went 2 for 3 with five RBIs, and Nick Kosmetatos hit two doubles, drove in two runs and scored three times. Zach Crescenzo drove in two runs, Tim Sullivan and Nolan Pechan each scored two runs, and Pechan pitched 4 2/3 innings to earn the win.