The school year may be winding down, but high school varsity baseball bats are heating up around Chicago, as teams vie to end their seasons on a high note.
There are only a handful of games left to be played this season, and playoff spots are on the line.
Here’s a quick recap of some of yesterday’s clashes — and a look at more games coming up tomorrow.
Shepard Astros extinguish the Bloom Blazing Trojans
The Bloom Blazing Trojans lost Wednesday's home non-conference game against the Shepard Astros by a score of 13-2.
Bloom is 3-4 at home this year, and has a 4-9 record overall; however, the team still has a dozen more games to turn its season around.
The Astros are currently enjoying a four game win streak that’s allowed them to claw their way back to a .500 winning percentage: the team is 9-9 on the season. The Astros will look to carry that momentum into Shepard's non-conference clash against the 8-7 Bremen Braves this afternoon.
St. Rita Mustangs outrun Reavis Rams on the road
Yesterday, the Reavis Rams were tripped up at home by the St. Rita Mustangs. The non-conference game ended 7-5.
St. Rita held a 3-0 lead at the end of the third inning and went on to bring in four more runs, unanswered, in the fifth. The Rams came up with an answer in the sixth inning, cranking out five runs to make things 7-5; however, the home team’s offensive output was too little too late, allowing the Mustangs to runaway with their fifth away win of the season.
With the win, St. Rita improved to 12-7 on the season, while Reavis slipped to 10-9-1. Both teams have 10 games left on their regular season schedules, but the Rams won’t get a shot of revenge against the Mustangs until next season — at the earliest.
Serena Huskers hand Plano Reapers 5-4 smackdown
The Plano Reapers failed to defend an early lead at home, losing Wednesday’s non-conference boys varsity baseball game to the Serena Huskers 5-4.
Some nice play allowed the Reapers to build a 3-2 lead after the game’s first two innings; but, beginning in the third, the home team's bats fell quiet. The Reapers didn’t score another run until the final inning, and by then it was too late: the Huskers already had five runs on the scoreboard.
The victory saw the Huskers move to 8-5 on the season, and the team is securely planted in the conference's number two spot behind the undefeated Somonauk Bobcats, who are first place in the Little Ten conference standings.
The home loss was Plano’s seventh of the season, and the team slipped to 3-17. The team, which has a 0-9 conference record, will be looking for its first Interstate Eight - North win against the Wilmington Wildcats this afternoon.
Notable Upcoming Games
Friday, April 27
- Addison Trail Blazers at Downers Grove South Mustangs (4:30 p.m.)
- Burlington Central Rockets at Hampshire Whip-Purs (4:30 p.m.)
- Chicago Christian Knights at Beecher Bobcats (4:30 p.m.)
- Chicago Washington Patriots at Lindblom Eagles (4:30 p.m.)
- Glenbrook North Spartans at Saint Viator Lions (4:30 p.m.)
- Herscher Tigers at Westmont Sentinels (4:30 p.m.)
- Lyons Lions at York Dukes (4:30 p.m.)
- Plainfield North Tigers at Neuqua Valley Wildcats (4:30 p.m.)
- Reed-Custer Comets at Coal City Coalers (4:30 p.m.)
- Hobart Brickies at Chesterton Trojans (5 p.m.)