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St. Francis tackles tall task vs. Grayslake Central

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Left to right, St. Francis players Jason Sullivan, Jack Ciombor and Tim Zettinger celebrate their team's victory over Grayslake Central during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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St. Francis second baseman Jack Ciombor holds up the ball for the umpire after tagging out Grayslake Central's Ryan Fontana on a steal attempt during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central's Ryan Fontana is greeted by teammate Kyle Clark after scoring the Ram's first run during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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St. Francis second baseman Jack Ciombor makes the throw as Grayslake Central's Sterling Dixon slides into second on a second-inning double play during the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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St. Francis second baseman Jack Ciombor lands on the dirt on a wild pickoff attempt on Grayslake Central base runner Matt Loeffl during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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St. Francis shortstop Jason Sullivan, right, puts his arm around pitcher Andrew Brundage as Grayslake Central starts a rally during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Jake Radel of St. Francis gets tagged out at the plate by Grayslake Central catcher Freddie Landers during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Joe Croci of St. Francis runs past Grayslake Central catcher Freddie Landers as he scores during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central coach Troy Whalen talks things over with his team during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central's Sterling Dixon is greeted by teammates in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central's Ryan Fontana makes a throw to first during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central center fielder Matt Loeffl rolls onto his back after making a diving catch in the sixth inning during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Jack Petrando of St. Francis delivers against Grayslake Central during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Jack Spicer of Grayslake Central delivers during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grasylake Central's Ryan Fontana scores the Rams' first run of the game without a play by St. Francis catcher Brett Jungles during the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central coach Troy Whalen replaces starting pitcher Jack Spicer as catcher Freddie Landers stands by during the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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St. Francis relief pitcher Andrew Brundage deivers during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against Grayslake Central at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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St. Francis players celebrate their victory over Grayslake Central during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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Grayslake Central right fielder Sterling Dixon hauls in a flyball during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal against St. Francis at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

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About this Article

Playing small ball was St. Francis's answer to the big problems Grayslake Central starter Jack Spicer presented, not the least of which was his intimidating 6-foot-6 frame. The Spartans pulled Spicer off the mound with a couple of bunts that would have been tough for any big pitcher to get to in Friday's Class 3A state semifinals. Tim Zettinger's textbook bunt with one out set up a suicide squeeze that scored 2 runs in the fourth inning, and that wound up being a game-changer for St. Francis in a 6-3 victory over Grayslake Central.
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