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  • Smith comes through again for St. Charles EastApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    St. Charles East’s baseball team had the right person in the batter’s box at the right time Friday afternoon. Senior cleanup hitter Ben Smith lashed a clutch 3-run double a few feet inside the left-field line to snap a 1-1 fifth-inning deadlock and the Saints (5-2, 2-1) held on for a 4-2 Upstate Eight Conference crossover triumph over Bartlett (2-4, 1-2) in St. Charles.

  • Becker keys Harper turnaroundApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Adam Eaton hits an RBI double against Cleveland during the third inning Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Eaton won’t stop headfirst slides into firstApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    While he knows it's dangerous strategy, White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton said he'll continue sliding headfirst into first base, but he'll take calculated risks. here will be a time and a place where I’ll do it again, but it’s definitely going to be a calculated risk,” Eaton said. “When I dive in there, it’s going to be because of a high throw or it’s going to be something that’s extremely close."

  • St. Charles North’s Jack Dennis celebrates tagging out Neuqua Valley’s Zach Herdman at first base for their third out in the second inning on Friday, April 11.

    Wright, St. Charles N. pick off Neuqua ValleyApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Neuqua Valley did a pretty good job getting on base against St. Charles North junior left-hander Cory Wright Friday in St. Charles. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Kansas State-bound Wright did an even better job picking them off.

  • Carmel rallies past PalatineApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sophomore Joe Santoro continues to swing a hot bat for Carmel Catholic’s baseball team, which staged a huge seventh-inning rally Thursday to post another victory. Santoro homered, doubled twice and finished 4-for-4 with 3 RBI to lead Carmel to a 9-8 win over visiting Palatine in nonconference action.

  • Blackhawks’ air of confidence has this believer convincedApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    I’ve got a feeling about these Blackhawks. And I think they do, too. There seems to be quite an air of confidence about them lately, like they not only think, they know they can do it again. And there’s no way I’m going to doubt them.

  • Benefit baseball clinic:Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake Villa Township Baseball has teamed up with Strike 3 Baseball to host a clinic on May 4, with proceeds benefiting Evan O’Brien.

  • Baseball: Thursday’s resultsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM

  • VanDyke, Bartlett shut down LarkinApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Senior Doug VanDyke struck out six in a 3-hit shutout of visiting Larkin in an Upstate Eight Conference baseball crossover Thursday as the Hawks prevailed 4-0.

  • Adam Eaton, right, celebrates with Alexei Ramirez after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-3 in a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 10, 2014.

    Abreu's 2 HRs lift Sox to victory Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The legend of Jose Abreu continued to grow Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox' new first baseman hit 2 more home runs to spark a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

  • Pitching powers Mundelein’s fast startApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mundelein’s 11-0 start sounds impressive, but it’s only about half as good as it was just a few years ago. “We started off 20-0,” Mundelein coach Todd Parola reminisced. “It’s nice to get out to that kind of start. You get the confidence going. “I’m just a little surprised by how it’s happened for us so far this year.”

  • Baseball/DuPage County roundupApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
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  • Hoffman Estates handles Lake ParkApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Keegan Mugerditchian drove in 3 runs with a pair of hits, and Brad Demmon doubled and drove in 2 runs as Hoffman Estates picked up an 8-4 victory against Lake Park in nonconference baseball Thursday. Ethan Bloom tossed a complete-game victory for the Hawks, allowing 9 hits but only 1 earned run with 3 strikeouts.

  • White Sox’ Adam Eaton, right, celebrates with Alexei Ramirez after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-3 in a baseball game in Chicago Thursday.

    Abreu hits 2 more HRs as Sox finally top IndiansApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rookie Jose Abreu connected for his second multihomer game in three days and the White Sox ended a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3 Thursday night.

  • Huntley finds winning mix against WW SouthApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Were the high school baseball season a chemistry test, Huntley and Wheaton Warrenville South might be accused of copying the other’s formula. Both teams possess solid starting pitching and some slick fielders, but run production is a question mark for each this spring, particularly Huntley, which graduated a leadoff hitter to Louisville and a power hitter to Nebraska. The remaining elements in Huntley’s lineup nevertheless yielded a positive reaction in Thursday’s nonconference game. The Red Raiders grinded out quality at-bats against hard-throwing right-hander Connor Ostrander, and three pitchers combined to shut out the visiting Tigers 3-0 on 7 hits.

  • Benet Academy’s Pat Peterson pitches during the Redwings 2-1 win over Naperville Central Thursday in Naperville.

    Pitchers’ duel a fitting tribute to LawlerApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    No one loved a good old fashioned pitchers’ duel as much as hall-of-fame baseball coach Phil Lawler, who passed away in 2010. On an afternoon honoring his memory, Benet and Naperville Central paid him the ultimate tribute with two magnificent outings on the mound. Redwings starter Pat Peterson struck out 13 in a complete-game effort as Benet held on for Thursday’s 2-1 victory over host Naperville Central, which held a pregame dedication of Legacy Plaza down the left-field line.

  • Pitcher Justin Guryn of Grayslake Central is focused on extending his terrific start to the season.

    Guryn’s staying focused on pitching excellenceApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Grayslake Central junior pitcher Justin Guryn was focused right out of the gate this season. In two outings, he already has a no-hitter and 26 strikeouts in 16 innings.

  • Elk Grove’s Ty Lawson delivers against Maine West on Thursday at Elk Grove.

    Arbov’s hit helps Elk Grove sting Maine WestApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove’s Peter Arbov hit a ball off his ankle harder than he hit the ball to center field. Both were painful, but the one to center hurt Maine West even more. Arbov’s bases-loaded single scored Adam O’Malley to break a 3-3 tie as the Grenadiers held on to beat Maine West 5-4 Thursday in Elk Grove.

  • With Smith’s single, St. Charles East sinks South ElginApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ben Smith finally got the clutch hit the St. Charles East baseball team needed Thursday. The Saints were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position before Smith lined a 2-run single over the shortstop in the top of the seventh inning to lead STC East to a 2-1 victory over South Elgin.

  • Emilio Bonifacio steals second base as Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes (12) takes the throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Chicago.

    Renteria not overthinking tough road tripApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a disappointing 2-4 homestand, the Cubs hit the road for three games in St. Louis and two in New York, where they will play the Yankees. Cubs manager Rick Renteria will get his first taste of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry this weekend.

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