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  • Quill the Umpire: Challenging the rules of the game

    I certainly have been accused at times of making up a baseball rule, but it’s something I’ve never done. Umpires don’t make rules – they enforce them. ...
    July 4, 2015 - 8:32 am
  • Quill the umpire: Now hear this: My most peeved retorts

    It’s starting to get hot and humid at the ballpark.I now find myself sweating profusely, guzzling bo ...
    June 26, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Stratman, Porretto among Phantoms playing in college

    Nick Stratman and Nick Porretto are done with high school and have their baseball futures set. Strat ...
    June 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • St. Charles North baseball’s Genke preached team before self

    ST. CHARLES – “Team over me.”This may have been the motto of a Todd Genke coached St. Charles North ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    FIRST TEAMMatt O'SullivanKaneland, Sr., PO'Sullivan was Kaneland's best pitcher for most of the seas ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • St. Charles North baseball’s Wright dominates opponents in 9-0 season

    ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North baseball coach Todd Genke did not even need to be asked a question before he started talking about Cory Wright.
    June 18, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • St. Francis baseball team falls short in state semifinal, to play for third place

    JOLIET – The St. Francis baseball team had the situation it wanted. Although down a run, the Spartans had runners on first and second with no outs in ...
    June 12, 2015 - 8:22 pm
  • St. Francis hitting peak at right time

    WHEATON – It was the last time the seniors would be on their home field. A practice Thursday afternoon for the St. Francis baseball team consisted of ...
    June 11, 2015 - 10:32 pm
  • Views: Hall seizes opportunity for state-bound Spartans

    Nick Hall scarcely knew anything about St. Francis in October, other than its baseball head coaching position was open and he was interested.
    June 10, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • St. Francis baseball advances to state semifinals

    ROCK ISLAND – Two years ago as a sophomore, Jason Sullivan started on the mound, pitched six innings and got the win for St. Francis in a baseball sup ...
    June 9, 2015 - 12:11 am
  • Weekend Chit-chat with Kaneland grad, Bradley baseball pitcher Drew Peters

    Kaneland graduate Drew Peters recently had an experience he never will forget, heading to the NCAA Tournament as a member of the Bradley baseball team ...
    June 5, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • Spartans ‘hunt fastballs,’ win in rout

    SYCAMORE – All year long, the St. Francis baseball team has wanted to be a complete lineup. The Spartans got exactly that in Thursday’s Class 3A Sycam ...
    June 4, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • St. Charles North baseball falls in sectional semis

    ST. CHARLES – The 18-game win streak. The Upstate Eight Conference championship. The 32-4 season.It ...
    June 3, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Kaneland baseball’s season ends in close loss to Belvidere North

    SYCAMORE – Each time the Kaneland baseball team made the game interesting, Belvidere North’s Levon Smith gave the Blue Thunder just enough cushion.
    June 3, 2015 - 10:19 pm
  • Prep Roundup: Kisch leads Burlington Central softball to regional title

    GENOA – Emily Kisch turned in another stunning performance in the circle and helped lift the Burlington Central softball team past Sycamore, 3-0, to c ...
    June 1, 2015 - 10:45 pm