North Stars win 6-4, to play Edwardsville for first state title
JOLIET – John Hamer tossed two times in the bullpen before he abruptly had his named called Friday.
With one out in the third inning of Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against St. Rita, Hamer, the St. Charles North senior, relieved Zach Kempe with two runners on and the North Stars trailing by two runs.
North Stars starting pitcher Andrew Jimenez lasted 1 1/3 innings before getting pulled in favor of Kempe, who then left with an apparent injury. It was now Hamer's turn to keep things under control.