The Willowbrook baseball team completed a rough three-game series with West Suburban Gold Conference rival Downers Grove South on Monday. The Mustangs completed a sweep of the series with a 4-3 victory over the Warriors in Villa Park. Both teams entered the series with undefeated conference records. The Warriors were 6-0 following their three-game sweeps of both Proviso East and Addison Trail. Downers Grove South began the series with a 3-0 conference record thanks to its own sweep of Addison Trail. Monday’s loss left the Warriors 11-6 overall and 6-3 in the WSGC. Willowbrook will not play any conference games this week. The Warriors will face York on Thursday in Elmhurst before traveling to Oak Lawn on Saturday. The Warriors’ series with Downers Grove South began with Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Mustangs in Villa Park. Junior Cam Zunkel pitched a solid game for the Warriors, giving up four hits and one earned run in seven innings. He allowed four walks and struck out four batters. The game was tied at 1-1 after six innings. The Mustangs scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning after a batter reached base on an error and scored on a double. Willowbrook scored its only run in the second inning, when senior Trey Jones tripled and scored on a single by senior Cam Murer. The conference series continued with Downers Grove South’s 6-3 win on Saturday in Villa Park. The Mustangs took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the fourth inning. They added two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Senior Chris Roycroft pitched the first five innings for the Warriors and allowed five hits and only one earned run. Willowbrook senior Mike Petruzzi connected for two hits, including a run-scoring double. Senior Luke Schuemer also had two hits for the Warriors, while Zunkel drove in one run with a single. Monday’s series finale was supposed to be played in Downers Grove but was moved to Willowbrook because of poor conditions at the Mustangs’ home field. Junior Matt Garbacz pitched a complete game for the Warriors, giving up five hits, three earned runs and no walks over six innings. He recorded seven strikeouts. Downers Grove South scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. The Mustangs added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Willowbrook, which scored its first two runs in the third inning, added one run in the seventh inning. Jones had two hits and drove in one run for Willowbrook. Zunkel and senior Cam Ligocki added one RBI apiece for the Warriors.
The Rams earned their first Upstate Eight Valley Conference win of the season when they scored a 3-2 victory at Metea Valley on April 15. Metea Valley won the other two games of the series, beating Glenbard East 5-0 on April 14 and 10-5 on Thursday. The Rams’ conference record stood at 1-5 following Thursday’s loss. Junior Jake Heyman was the winning pitcher in last week’s win over the Mustangs. Heyman allowed five hits and one walk in seven innings while recording four strikeouts. Junior Joey Moore of the Rams went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Junior Michael Sebby went 2-for-3 and scored one run. Senior Justin Griffin went 1-for-3 and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Senior Tyler Huber pitched a brilliant game for the Rams in Saturday’s 3-0 non-conference win over Montini. Huber allowed two hits and no walks over seven innings in the game, which was played at Glenbard East. Huber, who threw an efficient 75 pitches in the entire game, struck out eight batters. Moore scored two runs for the Rams. Griffin and juniors Bryan Andrews and Tim Pignato each drove in one run. Montini junior Bruno Bodnum allowed two earned runs and two walks over six innings. He struck out five batters. The Broncos’ overall record fell to 9-8 following Monday’s 3-2 loss to Aurora Christian in Lombard. Senior Sean Frontzak struck out nine batters and didn’t give up any walks over seven innings. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs. Senior Jordan Lazowski, junior Jack Gerberich and sophomore Alex Luka had two hits apiece for the Broncos.
Willowbrook wins its conference opener
The Willowbrook softball team opened its West Suburban Gold Conference season with Monday’s 10-9 win over Morton in a game played in cold and blustery conditions in Villa Park. Senior Sam Schmidt’s single with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in senior Alex Kassal to break a 9-9 tie and end the game. Kassal reached base on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. Senior Delaney Pelsor crushed a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning for Willowbrook. Senior Alyssa Ressinger crushed a three-run homer in the second inning. The Warriors led the Mustangs 9-2 after two innings, but Morton chipped away at the lead with one run apiece in the third and fourth innings, four runs in the fifth inning and one run in the seventh. Schmidt and Ressinger provided three hits apiece for the Warriors, who improved their overall record to 10-5. Kassal and Pelsor each had two hits. Junior Zoe Dannenberg pitched all seven innings for the Warriors and earned the victory to improve her record to 6-3. Willowbrook ended a two-game losing streak with Monday’s win. The Warriors suffered a 13-8 loss to Morris on Friday in Villa Park before losing a 3-2 decision at Reavis on Saturday. Willowbrook scored an exciting 4-3 eight-inning win at Glenbard South on April 15. Dannenberg worked all eight innings to pick up the win. The Warriors trailed the Raiders 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning, but a single by Kassal and a double by Schmidt tied the game. Senior Courtney Ruchala’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning drove in senior Erin Sporer. The game ended with a double play—a bloop to junior first baseman Kaylin Schuda, who caught the ball on the fly and reached to tag out a baserunner.
Basketball camps at Glenbard East take place in May and June
Glenbard East boys basketball coach Scott Miller and his son, Zach Miller, will hold a basketball skills clinic for boys and girls in grades 6-12 next month. Each of the clinic’s six sessions will take place from 7–8:30 p.m. in Glenbard East’s field house. The sessions will take place on May 11, May 13, May 18, May 20, May 26 and May 27. The skills clinic is for the advanced player who is looking to take his or her game to the next level. Zach Miller is a Glenbard East graduate who helped the Rams claim the third-place trophy at the 2011 IHSA Class 4A boys basketball tournament. The cost per person is $90 for all six sessions. Individually, the cost for each session is $20. For more information, or to register, call 630-620-7322, or visit lombardparks.com/register. Scott Miller will also conduct two boys basketball camps at Glenbard East in June. One of the camps is for boys who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2015. The 11-session camp will meet from 6–8 p.m. on June 8 and June 9. The event’s remaining nine sessions (June 10-11, June 15-18 and June 22-24) will take place from 6–8 p.m. The camp is for boys who are interested in improving their skills and earning a spot on their high school teams. Coach Miller will hold an eight-session camp for boys entering grades 3-8. That camp will take place daily at Glenbard East from June 15-19 and June 23-25. Each session will run from 8–10 a.m. The event will stress fundamentals and having fun. Each camper at the two boys camps will receive a basketball and a T-shirt. The cost for each player in each of the two boys camps is $100. Online registration is available at lombardparks.com.