Barrington got a reprieve in the Mid-Suburban West baseball race on Saturday.
The Broncos topped visiting Prospect 9-1, and that outcome combined with Hersey beating Schaumburg 7-1 forces a first-place West Division tie.
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Schaumburg still owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Barrington after having beaten the Broncos both times in their previous league games. So if both both Schaumburg and Barrington win their remaining MSL game, the Saxons would represent the West in Friday's championship game.
But the Broncos could still win the West title if they win Monday (against Hersey) and Schaumburg suffers another loss (against Elk Grove).
Keys for Barrington (24-8, 11-4) on Saturday were a solid outing from starter Wyatt Trautwein (6-1), who allowed 3 hits in 6 innings, and some power hitting from Dan Kubiuk (solo homer) and Shane Yorton (double).
Yorton had 2 hits, Brendan Battle drove in 2 runs and Mitch Pfeiffer and Luke Johnson both stole 2 bases.
Jordan Fedro suffered the loss for Prospect.
Barrington coach Pat Wire said his players have a mixed outlook about the divisional race coming down to the final day.
"I'd say my guys are still a little disappointed that we gave up a chance to control things by losing both to Schaumburg," Wire said. "Bottom line, we needed to find a way to win one of those, but it's nice to know we still have a chance."
Elk Grove (18-9, 9-5) was idle Saturday and holds a half-game lead in the MSL East race. Prospect and Hersey are both 9-6 in league play.
Elk Grove plays Schaumburg on Monday before a final make-up game against Palatine on Tuesday.
Other key games to the East race Monday include Conant at Prospect and Barrington at Hersey.
Hersey 7, Schaumburg 1: A 4-run sixth inning was the key for Hersey, which picked up an MSL win on its home field but played the game as the visitor after the game was moved from Schaumburg due to unplayable field conditions.
Tommy Pearson earned the pitching decision for the Huskies, who banged out 12 hits, and relievers Karl Taillon and Joey Koutnik didn't allow any runs.
Michael Fan, Brad Schwind and Jeffrey Barrash (2 hits) each had doubles for the Saxons (15-5, 11-4).
C.J. Reichel went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Hersey (14-14, 9-6). Other key Huskies producers were Quentin Jedd (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Andrew Segalla (2-for-4, RBI) and Eric Labahn and Joe Silva (both 2-for-4).
St. Viator falls twice: The Lions suffered a pair of losses in East Suburban Catholic Conference play Saturday on the road.
In the first game, St. Viator grabbed a 1-run lead by scoring 5 runs in the top of the seventh inning. But Joliet Catholic got 2 of its own in the bottom half to win 11-10.
Matt Darling went 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI, and Matt Prazuch was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI for the Lions.
In Game 2, Mike Piet delivered a strong start for St. Viator, but his counterpart Drake Fellows was even better as the Hilltoppers won 2-0.
Fellows struck out 12 and allowed 3 hits in a complete-game win. Piet pitched 6 innings and allowed only 1 unearned run.
Prazuch, Ben Dickey and Robbie Jaydos had the hits for St .Viator (20-11) overall.
Hoffman Estates 10, Buffalo Grove 2: Matt Roesch led the way for host Hoffman Estates, finishing 3-for-3 with 3 hits and 3 RBI to help the Hawks to an MSL triumph.
Hoffman Estates (10-15-1, 5-10) scored 3 runs in the fifth inning and had 6 more in the sixth.
Ethan Bloom struck out six and allowed 5 hits in a complete-game win.
Jeff Mayes had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs for Hoffman Estates, and Trevor Pye and Zak Lewandowski had 3 hits apiece.
Sean Edgar doubled a scored for Buffalo Grove (8-19, 2-13), and Ricky Strba doubled.
Maine West 4, New Trier 1: Junior Torio tossed 5 innings, allowing 3 hits with 4 strikeouts to earn the win, and Crosley Duckmann pitched 2 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts to get a save as the Warriors won a Central Suburban League crossover.
Robert Andrade went 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored for Maine West (12-13), which has won 7 of its last 8 games.
Fremd 9, Wheeling 1: Mack Rosman fanned 11 in his 5⅔ innings to help the host Vikings overpower the Wildcats in MSL action.
Ethan Hajdukovic went 2-for-4 and drove in 3 runs for Fremd (13-13, 8-7). Ian Bohn also had 2 hits, drove in a run and contributed a scoreless relief inning.
Wheeling (13-17, 5-10) led 1-0 after the second inning before Fremd took the lead for good with 3 runs in the third.
Palatine 12, Conant 9 (17 inn.): In an MSL game that started Wednesday and finished Saturday with players having as many as 9 at-bats, the visiting Pirates ended up outlasting the Cougars.
In Wednesday's action, Palatine led 4-0 after the top of the second. Conant (9-19, 3-11) chipped away with 1 run in the second, fourth and fifth innings, and tied it with another solo run in the bottom of the seventh. Both teams scored 3 runs in the 10th inning before the game was suspended.
In Saturday's continuation, the teams played 6 scoreless innings before Palatine (18-14, 8-6) produced 5 runs in the top of the 17th. Conant scored twice in the bottom half.
Chris Macahon finished the game 4-for-9 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Other multiple hitters for the Pirates included Shane Devero and Nolan Gavin with 3 each and Matt Saltess, Zach Serna, Brad Bauer and Nick Orlando with 2 apiece.
Gavin allowed 2 earned runs in a 7-inning relief appearance to get the win.