Hilltoppers, O’Brien sweep away Dons

Joliet Catholic Academy (13-10-1, 7-1) swept an East Suburban Catholic doubleheader from Notre Dame (9-14-1, 2-9) on Wednesday at Gillespie Field. Hilltopper senior Mike O’Brien’s, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth of Saturday’s suspended game, gave the Hilltoppers a 3-2 win, in game one.
In game two, the Hilltoppers’, Western Iowa C.C.-bound Anthony Saldana (5-0), fired a masterful one-hit shutout at the Dons. Saldana struck out nine. O’Brien added two more hits for JCA, while Justin Conant, Jack Surin and Simon Grashoff, all drove home a Hilltopper run.
With the sweep JCA stays in a virtual tie for first-place, with Marian Catholic (15-5, 9-1), in the ESCC. The Hilltoppers will host the ESCC leading Spartans, at Gillespie Field on Thursday and then travel to Chicago Heights on Friday, for another ESCC showdown.

Benet Academy 6, Marist 5
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth, in their East Suburban Catholic Conference game in Mount Greenwood, the Redwings once again accomplished what they have all year. Scoring two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth innings and adding one more in the seventh, Benet (17-5, 7-2) rallied past and hung on to defeat the Redhawks. Shortstop Jack Schneider and Tony Snell, led the Redwings’ attack with two hits and an RBI. Tony Bautista chipped in with a pair of hits.

Oak Park 3, Downers Grove North 0
The Trojans had only two hits as they were shutout by Oak Park (12-6-1, 5-3-1) at Legion Field in the West Suburban Silver battle. Downers Grove North (13-9, 6-4) will travel to Oak Park on Thursday.

Downers Grove South 6, Proviso East 2
The Mustangs (17-8, 10-4) stayed in the hunt for a West Suburban Gold Conference title, with the win over Proviso East (0-14, 0-10). Mikey Palenik and Will Glocker, combined on a three-hitter for DG South. Keegan Garland drove home a run for the Mustangs.

Plainfield North 3, Joliet Central 1
The Tigers (18-6, 8-3)  stayed atop the Southwest Prairie Conference with Oswego East (22-3, 8-3) and Plainfield South (16-6-1, 6-3)  with the win over Joliet Central (9-13-3, 3-8). North junior Brady Miller, fired a five-hitter at the Steelmen with 11 strikeouts. Miller’s sophomore batterymate catcher Greg Budig, led the Tiger attack with four hits. Anthony Fumagalli chipped in with a single and an RBI while Alex Steinbach drove home a Tiger run.

Plainfield Central 4, Joliet West 0
Plainfield Central (18-6, 7-4) blanked the Tigers behind a combined three-hit shutout from Cade Thornberry and Brandon Callender. Thornberry struck out five in his 5 1/3 innings of work to get the win and Callender fanned three in his 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to nail down the save.
Nate Haupt, had a  pair of hits and two RBI to lead the Wildcats. Nick Heffernan added two hits and an RBI while
Cam Cercone chipped in with a pair of hits.

Minooka 7, Romeoville 6  (8 innings)
The Indians won in walk-off fashion behind Cherokee LeBeau, who drove home three Indian runs in the Southwest Prairie extra-inning thriller, in Minooka (15-8, 7-4). Luke Faifer added a pair of RBI for the Indians. Romeoville (7-16, 2-9) was led by Zakk Suits, who had two hits and two RBI for the Spartans. Justin Welch chipped in with three hits for The ‘Ville.

Lockport 8, Sandburg 3
After falling 9-4 to Sandburg, at Ed Flink Field on Tuesday, the Porters bounced back and gained a spilt of their Southwest Suburban Blue series with Sandburg, behind Nick Strysik and CJ Weins. Strysik had two hits and drove home three Porter runs while the red-hot Weins homered and had two RBI. Ryan Gabriel picked up the win on the mound for the SWSC-Blue leading Porters (12-9-1, 4-2)

Bolingbrook 15  HF 5 (5 innings)
The Raiders (11-7-1, 3-2) smashed the Vikings  in five innings, behind Malik Binns. Binns had a pair of hits, a pair of walks and drove home four Raider runs, in the Southwest Suburban Blue romp. Raider senior right-hander Jake Anderson went the distance and improves to 6-0 on the season for The Brook.

Maine South 12, Niles North 1 ( 4 ½ innings)
The Hawks gave  Hawk fans something to cheer about in Park Ridge, crushing Niles North in 4 ½ innings in a Central Suburban South matchup. Maine South (4-16, 2-8) was led by Marty McNulty who had two hits and drove home three Hawk runs. Danny Cerniglia and Ryan Walsh each had a pair of RBI while Declan Griffin chipped in with three hits. Alex O’Malley was outstanding on the mound for the Hawks firing a three-hitter at Niles North (15-12, 4-6)

Lisle 10, Seneca 0 ( 5 innings)
Zach Heidenry, fired a five-hit shutout as Lisle (9-16, 4-8) blasted the Irish, in the Interstate 8 North. Heidenry fanned five Seneca (7-17, 2-8) batters. Andy Walduski, had two hits and drove home three runs to lead the Lion attack.

– Compiled by Drake Skleba, For the Bugle

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