Top-seeded Prospect gets another shutout
Prospect has not needed much offense in its first two Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association regional games.
Left-hander Miles Osei threw the second consecutive shutout for the top-seeded Knights in their own regional as they knocked off No. 8 Conant 4-0. Osei (5-1) threw a 3-hitter with 11 strikeouts and 1 walk after Scott Plaza threw a shutout Monday.
"He's been consistent and he's been pounding the strike zone," said Prospect coach Ross Giusti of Osei. "It seems every time he comes out we play pretty solid defense behind him.
"He's changed as a pitcher where he's throwing the curveball 2-0, 2-1 and 3-1, basically anywhere in the count at any time. It really helps make his fastball more prominent."
Prospect (17-5) got the only run it needed in the third when John Coen beat out a bunt, stole second and third and scored on Thomas Kelly's single. Peter Bonahoom hit a 3-run homer with two outs in the fifth.
Prospect will play in today's 10 a.m. semifinal against No. 20 Fremd (9-12), which beat No. 12 Elk Grove 9-4. Junior-to-be righty Kurt Kaufman won his third game of the summer as he allowed only 2 earned runs and threw a 5-hitter with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk.
"He threw a nice game," Fremd coach Chris Piggott said. "He has decent velocity and his ball moves a lot."
Zenon Kolakowski and Eric Paulson had 3 hits apiece, Clint Terry had 2 hits and Evan Wright drove in 3 runs for the Vikings.
No. 11 Streamwood, which beat No. 3 Hersey 6-2, plays No. 10 Glenbard North in the 1 p.m. semifinal.
Buffalo Grove, the 18th seed in the Palatine regional, continued its magic with a 6-4 win over No. 10 Deerfield. Steve Pollakov (2-for-3) had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh and Jake Monson (3-for-4) added some insurance by driving in his third run with a single.
A pinch-hit RBI single by Michael Seery in the fifth tied it at 4-4. Greg Sanders got the win with 3 innings of scoreless relief of sophomore Richie Zrinigibel.
"Richie gave a great effort with 4 strong innings," said BG coach Jeff Grybash.
BG will play in the 4:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 3 Palatine (21-8), which beat No. 11 Loyola. No. 1 Warren plays No. 14 Highland Park at 2 p.m.
Fifth-seeded Maine West rolled into the Fenwick regional semifinals with a 10-0 win in 5 innings over Lake View. John Perez went 4 innings and Nick Littman finished off the shutout.
"Perez pretty much dominated," said Maine West coach Joe Pederson. "He threw pretty well."
Maine West plays top-seed Nazareth at 1 p.m. at Fenwick. No. 2 Riverside-Brookfield and No. 3 Oak Park-River Forest meet in the 3:30 p.m. semifinal.