Baseball

Dundee-Crown graduate Elliot Soto is headed to Triple-A and the Iowa Cubs.
CRYSTAL LAKE –The Crystal Lake Cyclones were unfazed after the Puerto Rico Piratas tied the score in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday.
CRYSTAL LAKE –Moreso than any result on the field, the McHenry County Youth Sports Association’s Summer International Championships always has been about the people involved.
CRYSTAL LAKE – It is the people who keep Team Japan and manager Sadao Nakashiro coming back to McHenry County each summer.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Twenty-two years ago, Jack Sebesta knew the hours would be long, the tasks would be unending and the loose ends never would be tied tightly enough.
Hampshire High School graduate Jake Goebbert, a first baseman and outfielder called up by the San Diego Padres last month, played at Wrigley Field for the first time last week in a three-game series against the Cubs. The Padres sent Goebbert back to Triple-A El Paso after Friday’s game in Atlanta. Assistant sports editor Tom Clegg and sports writer Mike DeFabo, who covered the series at Wrigley, discuss:
Hampshire graduate and former Northwestern standout Jake Goebbert returned to the area to play his first series at Wrigley Field this week. The Padres' outfielder-first baseman, who was optioned to Triple-A El Paso Friday when first baseman Yonder Alonso returned from a rehab stint, shared his memories about the experience in his own words.
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said after Friday’s game in Atlanta that Hampshire graduate Jake Goebbert will be optioned to Triple-A El Paso, ending what was just over a month-long stint in the major leagues.
If you happen to notice a large increase in young baseball players walking around the Crystal Lake area in the coming weeks, don’t be alarmed.
CHICAGO – San Diego manager Bud Black sat in the visitors’ dugout at Wrigley Field wearing a Padres cap and a black eye.
CHICAGO – As the innings came and went Wednesday and the sun slowly set over Wrigley field, coloring the Chicago skyline with shades of purples and blues, Jake Goebbert sat in the San Diego Padres’ dugout – waiting.
LISLE – A day earlier, Prairie Ridge enjoyed the success of an offensive barrage in one inning – a five-run third en route to an 8-2 win over Crystal Lake South.
NAPERVILLE – After losing to Joliet Catholic in walk-off fashion in extra innings Moday at Benedictine University, Prairie Ridge baseball coach Glen Pecoraro and his team could feel that the team’s mood was down collectively.
LISLE – Before the beginning of the seventh inning, Crystal Lake South baseball coach Brian Bogda gathered his team outside the dugout. Trailing 3-0 to Downers Grove South, this was the last chance to move on to the semifinals of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.
Terry Goebbert leafed through the pictures on her kitchen counter one at a time, until, finally, she found just the right shot.
The first time Kirby Smith was asked by Jim Goebbert to watch Goebbert’s 16-year-old grandson at the Goebbert's farm, the former Barrington High School baseball coach came away impressed.
Nick Brengman
Huntley High School announced that it has hired Christopher Rozanski, previously an assistant basketball and football coach at Boylan, as its new athletic director.
Prairie Ridge's baseball team has another shot at a state title.
ST. CHARLES – Playing for the fourth time in four days and on the heels of two straight extra-inning games, it was natural to wonder what kind of pitching the Crystal Lake South baseball team had left.
ST. CHARLES – Senior John Constantinosingled to left field for the game-winning hit, scoring Collin Chubb in the eighth inning of a 3-2 Crystal Lake South win over St. Charles North in the Phil Lawler Classic.
Nate Roberts still dreams of making the major leagues one day, but, for now, his main wish is to get through a season of baseball healthy.
HAMPSHIRE – Hampshire pitcher and shortstop, Trey Schramm, has committed to play baseball at Division-I Xavier after the 2015 season.
DENVER — Hampshire graduate Jake Goebbert hit his first major league home run (watch here) in the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.
Former Huntley pitcher Jake Perkins would have understood if college coaches wanted to take a wait-and-see approach with him.
The transition from the Fox Valley Conference to Division I college baseball for Colin Lyman went, all things considered, rather smoothly. The Huntley High graduate and former Red Raiders center fielder started 31 games, helping to fuel Louisville’s run to the College World Series – the Cardinals’ third trip to Omaha in the past eight years. In 55 games this spring, the freshman hit .263 at the plate to go along with 21 runs and 16 RBIs. But it was in a College World Series games against Texas where Lyman made perhaps his most notable – and acrobatic – play of the season with his glove on a diving catch. The highlight play landed on the nightly SportsCenter top-10 list. Currently, he is playing in the New England Collegiate Baseba
Michael Hahndorf
Johnsburg boys basketball coach Mike Toussaint was constantly amazed at Collin Ridout’s physical exploits.
When Mike Vilardo began his baseball career at the University of Pennsylvania, he made a decision. That decision was to leave hockey behind and pursue baseball.
In Glen Pecoraro’s earlier years as a baseball coach, he admits he might have blown a gasket a time or two.
One opponent after another struggled to make solid contact with Collin Ridout, not knowing the complete story about the Johnsburg right-hander.
Hampshire grad Jake Goebbert got his first major league at bat on Friday night and got an RBI single to spark a San Diego Padres comeback. Sports editor Jon Styf and senior reporter Joe Stevenson discuss:
Hampshire grad Jake Goebbert got his first shot at a major league at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning on Friday and promptly hit an RBI single to right field off Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren to bring the San Diego Padres to within three runs.
SAN DIEGO — A bright, white jersey with eight navy letters stitched on the back hung in the San Diego Padres’ clubhouse Thursday. It read: GOEBBERT
Johnsburg shortstop-pitcher Collin Ridout and Huntley catcher Mark Skonieczny were named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams in their respective classes.
Lloyd Goebbert’s family had to act quickly Wednesday night after learning some exciting news.
JOLIET — Connor Schneider kept the seventh-inning rally alive. The Prairie Ridge second baseman hit a slow roller down the line that the third baseman couldn’t quite grab. As a result, he reached first on the error, loading the bases, and in the next at-bat, shortstop Nick Schmidt walked to bring in another run.
JOLIET – Prairie Ridge embraced tense spots as if they were a longtime friend.
JOLIET – Perhaps Prairie Ridge’s seventh-inning rally should not have been shocking.
JOLIET – Prairie Ridge ended up seeing little of Providence cleanup hitter Phil Kunsa during its 8-7 loss to the Celtics in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Hampshire graduate Jake Goebbert had a huge night on Thursday.
You don’t catch Jeff Aldridge or Jay Sargeant in Prairie Ridge colors all that often.
Prairie Ridge knows some things, like its improbable run to the Class 4A baseball state tournament, just defy explaining.
CRYSTAL LAKE –Ethan Routzahn won’t take the field at 3 p.m. Friday when Prairie Ridge's baseball team faces Providence in Joliet with a trip to the state title game on the line.
CRYSTAL LAKE — Glen Pecoraro admits he almost cut Kyle Buresch.
Prairie Ridge’s Tim Jablonsky did something with one swing that no home player has done all season at Rockford Aviators Stadium – hit a home run.
ROCKFORD – Roads to any state tournament often require triumphs of different shapes and sizes.

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