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Article updated: 6/8/2012 9:35 PM

Playing hurt? Villarreal knows the drill

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Jordan Villarreal, left, embraces Jared Helmich after Grant's loss to Oak Park-River Forest in the Class 4A state semifinals Friday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

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Grant junior shortstop Jordan Villarreal just might be the toughest baseball player around. He was last Monday night, anyway. Villarreal took a hard-hit batted ball during pregame off his face and then didn't miss a beat (or groundball) in the Bulldogs' Class 4A supersectional win against Schaumburg at RiverHawks Stadium in Rockford. He went 2-for-4. He stole his 11th base of the season. And he didn't make an error at shortstop.
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