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St. Charles East tops UEC rival Neuqua for 3rd

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St. Charles East pitcher Matt Starai delivers during the Class 4A baseball third-place game against Neuqua Valley at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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Neuqua Valley's Matt Butler gets a high-five from teammate Josh Piotrowski during the second inning of the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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Neuqua Valley pitcher Danny Mokrzycki delivers during the Class 4A baseball third-place game against St. Charles East at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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Neuqua Valley shortstop Matt Wollnik makes a throw to first during the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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St. Charles East catcher Adam Rojas catches a pop fly on the infield during the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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St. Charles East players hold up their third-place trophy following the Class 4A baseball third-place game against Neuqua Valley at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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St. Charles East pitcher Troy Dyhkuis, right, is congratulated after following his 2 innings of relief in the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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St. Charles East players receive their third-place trophy following the Class 4A baseball third-place game against Neuqua Valley at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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St. Charles East center fielder Anthony Sciarrino can't quite get to a ball hit to the outfield by Neuqua Valley's Matt Butler in the second inning during the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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With shortstop Matt Wollnik backing up the play, Neuqua Valley shortstop Matt Wollnik gets ready to apply the tag on St. Charles East's Jack Dellostritto, who is called safe at second with a steal during the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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Neuqua Valley's Matt Butler gets an RBI-single as St. Charles East catcher Adam Roias is ready for the pitch during the third inning of the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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St. Charles East's Joe Hoscheit, right, gets a fist bump from teammate Brian Sobieski after scoring against Neuqua Valley during the Class 4A baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

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In about as good of a spring season as any pitcher could have, St. Charles East senior Matt Starai got a chance Saturday to avenge the only thing that went wrong when he faced Neuqua Valley in the Class 4A third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Starai entered the final game of his senior season with a 10-1 record and 0.54 ERA including three postseason wins. The only blemish on that record? A 4-0 loss to Neuqua Valley when the Upstate Eight Conference foes met in May. Starai got his second chance against the Wildcats Saturday and didn't disappoint. Pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this year after he threw 24 pitches in relief Friday in the semifinals, Starai battled through five innings for a 6-4 victory.
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