Baseball: Babcock pitches Grant past Grayslake North
Cord Babcock pitched 6⅓ innings of shutout baseball, and Grant beat host Grayslake North 6-0 Saturday to improve to 22-4 and 15-0 in the Northern Lake County Conference.
Babcock (1-0) allowed only 2 hits and struck out six. Mason Sekulich recorded the final two outs, striking out one. Kevin Gosciniak had a single and an RBI, Joe Taylor successfully executed a suicide squeeze, and Danny Laughery was 1-for-3 with a run scored, stolen base and an RBI.
Nick Lovitsch was 2-for-3 with a double for Grayslake North (8-15-1, 5-10).
Warren sweeps Wheeling: Dru Jasnoch and Ryan Scanlon combined on a 5-hit shutout with 7 strikeouts and on walks, and the Blue Devils won 6-0 in Game 1 of a nonconference doubleheader.
Jasnoch (8-1) pitched 4 innings to earn the win, allowing 5 hits and striking out five. Scanlon tossed 3 no-hit innings in earning the save.
Warren was led offensively by Mikey Kocen (2-for-3, RBI), Bradley Vondruska (2-for-3), Maxwell McCullough (2-for-2, double, RBI), Brian Rapanan (double, 2 RBI) and Brandon Houtz (double).
Warren won the second game 8-3 to improve to 26-3, as Nate Rentas homered and Casey Cobe was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a triple.
Kocen had a triple and 2 RBI, and Rapanan improved to 3-0.
Libertyville 11, Whitney Young 0: Andrew Kim had a homer and 4 for the Wildcats in the nonconference game.
Derek Calamari pitched 2-hit ball over 4 innings with 3 strikeouts, as Libertyville improved to 18-12.
Brother Rice 5, Carmel 2: Jake Adams was 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Corsairs (14-6).
Lakes beats Wauconda twice: The Eagles completed a 22-12 win in a game suspended on April 22, then won 4-3 in Northern Lake County Conference action.
Riley Kirk was 3-for-4 for Wauconda (10-14, 6-9) in the second game.
Mundelein 9, Fremd 2: Jared Dorfman was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI for the Mustangs in their nonconference win.
Andrew Schroeder went 2-for-5 and TJ Yakimisky finished 2-for-2 with 2 RBI for Mundelein (12-11).
Stevenson 12, Grayslake Central 0: Frank Carris (3 innings), Jacob Rosenkranz (1 inning) and Nick Brueckert (2 innings) combined on a 1-hit shutout in the nonconference game.
Ryan Miller was 3-for-4 with a triple and 4 RBI for Stevenson (19-9). The Patriots got 2 hits apiece from Jake Surane, Zach Taylor, 3 RBI), Ryan McElhinny and Justin Tumpowsky (double, 2 RBI).
Nic Presutti doubled for Grayslake Central's lone hit.
New Trier 5, Vernon Hills 3: The Trevians made the most of 6 hits in the Central Suburban League game.
Brendan Holloway had a hit and was on base three times to lead Vernon Hills (15-11, 7-7). Alex Yu, Kaden Zahnow, Quinn Geren, Josh Liu and Caleb Thomson also had hits for the Cougars.
Grayslake Central 11, Antioch 4: The visiting Rams led 5-4 heading into the top of the seventh inning and erupted for 6 runs to win the game and keep alive their Northern Lake County Conference title hopes alive.
Antonio Crews had a pair of hits, while driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 runs. Kevin O'Brien (2 RBI), Coby Moe and Nate Twardock (2 RBI) each had a pair of hits as well. Marcus Maristela added a double. Ethan Peterson tossed the first 5 innings, allowing on 2 earned runs and striking out seven. Daniel Guckenberger tossed the final 2 innings, allowing 1 run as the Rams won their eight game in a row and improved their record to 22-4.
Grayslake Central (13-2 NLCC) plays three games against Grant (15-0 NLCC) this week.
Antioch got a home run and 2 RBI from Logan Delgado, while Eric Hart and Vince Roszkowiak were both 2-for-4.
Grant 2, Lakes 0: The Bulldogs improved to 21-4 and 14-0 in the Northern Lake County Conference, as Austin Vass (3⅓ innings, 3 hits), Jimmy Taylor (3⅓ innings, 3 strikeouts) and Mikal Ashley (⅓ innings, 1 strikeout) combined on a 7-hitter. Vass improved to 5-0.
Ashley also contributed a single and 2 RBI, and Danny Laughery was 2-for-4.
Carmel 6, Marian Central 2: Lukas Galdoni earned the win and helped himself with a triple and an RBI in the East Suburban Catholic Conference game.
Dylan Paquette was 2-for-3 for Carmel (14-5, 9-4), and Drew Wiegman went 1-for-3 with a double.
Wauconda 13, Round Lake 0: Marcus Keller pitched a 5-inning 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Bulldogs in the Northern Lake County Conference game.
Camden Janik was 2-for-2 with a double for Wauconda (10-12, 6-7).
Libertyville 4, Prairie Ridge 3: Andrew Kim was 3-for-3 with a triple, and David Robertson won the nonconference game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Dylan Drumke had a double for Libertyville (17-12).
Evanston 3, Lake Zurich 2: Tyler Snep was 2-for-4 for the Bears in their nonconference loss.
Jack Moses and James Piggott doubled for Lake Zurich (16-9), which surrendered the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.
Stevenson 4, Dundee-Crown 2: Chris Farina and Ryan McElhinny were both 2-for-3 with a stolen base, and the Patriots improved to 18-9 with the nonconference win.