Prep Baseball: Indians shut down Titans to win regional crown
By Matt Nestor
Prep Sports Reporter
The Rockton Hononegah Indians didn’t hit the ball hard very often in their IHSA Class 4A regional championship game against the Rockord Boylan Catholic Titans. But when they did, they made sure they counted.
Some timely hitting, along with three Boylan errors, helped the Indians knock off the Titans 5-3 to move them along to the McHenry Sectional.
Two Boylan errors, as well as a passed ball on a strike three, helped Hononegah get off to a good start and take a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Adonis Brown tried to keep Boylan close, getting a couple of hits and scoring a couple of runs that had Boylan close at 3-2 after four innings. The Titans could have potentially tied the game in the fourth, but they decided not to send runners from second and third on a deep fly ball, and only came up with one run in the inning.
From there, sophomore pitcher Donovin Sims went to work on the best lineup in the NIC-10. Sims and Riley Pawelski combined to hold the top three hitters in the Boylan lineup to one hit over seven innings, which made the difference in the game.
Sims only gave up four hits in his six innings pitched.
The final blow came came in the top of the sixth when Max Frost, who had six RBIs in a wild 13-11 win over Machesney Park Harlem in the semifinals, came up with a two-out single to drive in two runs to make it 5-2.
After Boylan scratched out a run in the sixth, they left two runners on in the bottom of the seventh as Pawelski struck out the final two hitters to wrap up the win.
The win gave Hononegah their fifth regional title in six years.
The Indians will now face South Elgin at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, in the semifinals of the McHenry Sectional.
Around the area
• The Hononegah girls’ softball team came up with a regional title of their own, topping Harlem 9-4 to win the championship. They will face Algonquin Jacobs at 4:30 p.m., Thursday May 31.
• Belvidere North had a great showing at the IHSA 3A State Track Finals, placing three individuals in the finals of their events and finishing 16th out of 73 teams.
Tyler Yunk came in fifth in the 3,200-meter run for North, while Will Crocker finished fourth in the 800-meter run, and Garrett Lee finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run.
Corey Jefferson came in ninth in the long jump representing Rockford Auburn. Jefferson was also 10th in the triple jump. Joe Ward of Rockford Jefferson finished in 10th place in the pole vault.
• At the 2A finals, Boylan placed three competitors in the finals of their events, with Mark Bortoli finishing 12th in the shot put, Nick Arnold 11th in the discus and Dan Arnold ninth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Rockford Christian’s Coleman Nelson also came in seventh in the discus.
From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue