Tyler Kalusa and Brayden Royce each had 2 hits in the opener and then Kalusa hit an inside-the-park grand slam home run in the second game as the Larkin baseball team opened the season Saturday with a sweep of Woodstock North, winning 4-3 and 15-5.
Royse, who had an RBI on a suicide squeeze, got the save on the mound in Game 1, going the final 2 innings in relief of sophomore starter Will King, who went 5 innings with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. King allowed 4 hits in his first varsity start.
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In Game 2, Larkin trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the sixth and erupted for 11 runs. John Jowaski (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Dylan Ganow (2-for-2, RBI), Dan Lenz (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Adam Rybakowski (3-for-5) and Niko Morado (3-for-4) all contributed to the Royals' offense.
Jack McCracken got the win in relief for Larkin. Ganow, the starter, went 5 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks.
St. Edward 4, Elgin 2: Jack Tierney scattered 3 hits and Michael Castoro was 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI as St. Edward won its season opener at Wing Park. Antonio Domel (2B) and Tyler Tomaka (2-for-3) also contributed to the Green Wave offense and Nick Bouley picked up the save. Kiko Mari was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for Elgin (0-1). John Zima took the loss.
Rolling Meadows 9, Streamwood 0: The Sabres managed just 2 hits in this nonconference loss. Jeremy Campbell suffered the loss.
Bartlett 12, Palatine 9: Mike Wick was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Mike Roberson went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI as Bartlett outslugged Palatine. Ryan Karrick (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI), Colin Nowak (2B, 2 RBI), Jake Barrutia (2 doubles, RBI), Matt Vitulli (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Sam Franco (2-for-3, 3B, RBI) all had big days for the Hawks. Justin Blanchett picked up the win and Doug VanDyke the save for Bartlett.
Dundee-Crown 10, Elk Grove 9: Kyle DeAtley doubled, went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Dundee-Crown to a nonconference win. Garrett Ryan was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for the Chargers, while Dylan Kissack, Trent Muscat and Fabian Guterriez (2B) each drove in runs. Ryan Suwanski got the win in relief.
Jacobs 9, Brother Rice 5: Danny Vandewalker was 2-for-2 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the Golden Eagles (2-0) to a nonconference win. Greg Sidor went 2-for-4 for Jacobs, while Connor Conzelman had a double and Ryan Sargent drove in 2 runs. Austin Sickel was Jacobs' winning pitcher.
Grayslake Central 4, Burlington Central 3: Mike Lee had a double and 2 RBI and Drew Wiss was 2-for-5 for Burlington Central in this nonconference loss. Reed Hunnicutt and Ryan Schuring each had doubles for the Rockets. Schuring was also the losing pitcher.