Warriors win two straight after falling to Montini
Willowbrook and Montini opened up the 2015 season with Thursday’s game on the Broncos’ home field in Lombard. Montini scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning on the way to a 6-3 victory. Each team managed four hits in the game. Senior Sean Frontzak, who pitched the first five and one-third innings for the Broncos, earned the win. He allowed two hits and no earned runs. He recorded four strikeouts and allowed one walk. Sophomore Alex Luka relieved Frontzak and recorded the last five outs. He gave up a pair of hits and one earned run. Luka struck out two batters and gave up one walk. Willowbrook junior Cameron Zunkel pitched the first three innings for the Warriors and gave up five runs, three of which were earned runs. Zunkel walked four batters and gave up three hits. He had three strikeouts. Sophomores Cooper Hynes and Brandon Shilgalis each drove in two runs for Montini. Seniors Cameron Murer and Dom McDonnell each drove in one run for the Warriors. Willowbrook regrouped from Thursday’s loss at Montini to win two extra-inning games over the next two days. The Warriors defeated Glenbard South 8-5 on Friday in Glen Ellyn. Willowbrook won its home opener on Saturday, outlasting Naperville North 6-5 in eight innings in Villa Park. Willowbrook seemed to have Friday’s game at Glenbard South under complete control. The Warriors led the Raiders 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but miscues including a dropped infield popup near the mound (two infielders collided while trying to catch the ball) with two outs kept Glenbard South in the game. Moments after the dropped popup, a balk brought in the tying run. Senior John Halloran homered over the left-field fence on the first pitch of the top of the eighth inning to regain the lead for Willowbrook, which added two more runs in the inning. Junior pitcher Matt Garbacz, who relieved senior Mike Petruzzi during the top of the seventh inning, held the Raiders scoreless in the bottom of the eighth. The Warriors earned their second extra-inning win in as many days with Saturday’s victory over the Huskies in Villa Park. Junior Mark Molitor ended the game with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Senior Trey Jones had two hits and drove in three runs for the Warriors. Junior Joe Strem pitched the first five innings for Willowbrook. Zunkel worked the last two innings in relief to earn the victory.
Villa Park swimmer competes at national event
Standout swimmer Kelly McNamara of Villa Park earned two top-10 finishes at last week’s National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior Nationals, which took place March 17-21 in Orlando. McNamara, who is a senior at Willowbrook High School, finished 10th in Thursday’s finals of the 50-meter butterfly. She completed the race in 27.80 seconds. She swam to a fifth-place finish in Friday’s final of the 100-meter butterfly with her time of 1:02.30. A member of the Addison Trail/Willowbrook girls team for the last four seasons, McNamara won a state championship in the 100-meter butterfly at the IHSA state meet in November. McNamara has committed to attend the University of Iowa, where she will be a member of the women’s swim team.