On the same day it was announced Ethan Bloom had been named a Mid-Suburban West co-player of the year (along with Palatine's Nolan Gavin), the Hawks senior showed why.
Bloom gave up a single to center field on his first pitch of the game against Wheeling in a Mid-Suburban League crossover on Wednesday.
That was the only hit he gave up as Hoffman Estates won 4-0.
Bloom faced 22 hitters. The only other to reach base got there via a walk, and Bloom picked him off.
Trevor Pye had a 2-run double in the fifth inning, and Zak Lewandowski scored 2 more with a line drive hit past a pulled-in infield.
Matt Roesch had 2 hits and score twice for the Hawks (12-16-1), and Brad Demmon had a sacrifice fly in the second to plate the first run for Hoffman Estates.
The loss dropped Wheeling to 14-18.
Barrington 5, Prospect 4: The host Broncos scored the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh inning to come out on top in a back-and-forth game.
Pat Donohue finished 3-for-3 and had a 2-run single in the fifth inning that helped put the Knights on top 5-4. Donohue didn't have much company in the hit department, though, as his hits were all Prospect (17-12-1) could muster.
Barrington (25-9) tied it with a run in the bottom half of the fifth.
Jake Coon finished 3-for-4 with a double for the Broncos, and Luke Johnson had 2 hits.
Palatine 11, Hersey 5: Zach Serna doubled twice, finishing 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored to help power a Palatine win.
Chris Macahon had 3 hits, and Nolan Gavin and Nick Orlando had 2 apiece for the Pirates (20-15), who took command with a 6-run second inning.
Andrew Segalla had a pair of hits for Hersey (15-14-1).
Gavin, named co-player of the year in the MSL West, allowed 2 earned runs in 6 innings to get the victory.
Fremd 6, Rolling Meadows 5: The host Vikings did all their scoring in the fourth inning, then managed to hand on as Meadows threatened with 2 runs in the sixth and 3 more in the seventh.
Tom Austin (double) and Austin Jetel each had 2 hits, and Dylan Fisher drove in 2 runs for Fremd (15-14).
Mid-Suburban East player of the year Erik Schurtz homered and finished 2-for-2 with a walk and 4 RBI for the Mustangs (12-18).
Mack Rosman pitched the first 6 innings for Fremd and got the win. He allowed 4 hits and 2 runs with 9 strikeouts.
St. Francis 4, Elk Grove 3: The MSL East champs fell short in a nonconference road game.
Peter Arbov had 2 hits for the Grenadiers (20-10), who had 4 total against St. Francis' Christian Kuzemka and Ryan Hodgett.
Carmel 2, St. Viator 1: The Lions (20-13) outhit host Carmel but came up a run short in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.
Aaron Tres had an RBI single but that was all the scoring St. Viator got out of an 11-hit attack.
Carmel's Ian Kristan accounted for all his team's scoring with a 2-run homer in the third inning.
Conant 8, Buffalo Grove 6: Anthony Forte tripled twice, finishing 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and a walk to spark an 11-hit attack for the host Cougars.
J.T. Peacock, Jimmy Brady and Steve Bola each doubled for Conant.
Andrew Cole had 2 hits for the Bison (8-21), who tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning.
But Conant (10-20) answered with 2 in the bottom half to make a winner in relief of Luke Downey.
Maine West 11, Maine East 4: Chris Selgrad doubled twice and drove in 5 runs as the visiting Warriors (14-14) powered past the Blue Demons in a Central Suburban League crossover.
Geoff Duckmann and Crosley Duckmann both finished 3-for-4; Crosley doubled and drove in 3 runs.
Jordan Baird started for Maine West and gave up 3 runs in 3 innings, but only one of them was earned. Baird got the win, and Austin Jablenski and Crosley Duckmann combined to provide 4 innings of effective relief.