Baseball: Waubonsie Valley hopes to repeat summer history
BY PAUL JOHNSON For Sun-Times Media July 13, 2013 7:28PM
Waubonsie Valley's Tyler Hasper delivers a pitch against Neuqua Valley in May. The seventh-seeded Warriors will host Geneva Monday in the first round of the Phil Lawler state summer baseball tournament. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 16, 2013 6:27AM
It may be a few years in the rearview mirror at this point, but Waubonsie Valley’s baseball program has fond memories of playing in the Phil Lawler summer baseball state tournament.
The Warriors reached the Final Four in 2008 and 2009. Now, they are hoping to make a return to that level as the playoffs begin on Monday.
Waubonsie Valley earned the seven seed in the St. Charles Regional and will host Geneva, the 10th seed, in the first round Monday at 2 p.m. The winner will face second-seeded Cary-Grove on Tuesday.
“Hopefully we can really make a run like we have in the past,” Waubonsie Valley coach Dan Fezzuoglio said. “We’re excited. I have a pretty good feeling of what we can do.”
The Warriors are coming off a 3-1 finish at the inaugural Route 59 Wood Bat Tournament. They bounced back from a tough loss to Neuqua Valley, the tournament champion and fourth seed in the Glenbard South Regional, to win three straight games and build momentum going into the summer baseball state playoffs.
“Neuqua beat us pretty good, but to come back and win three games, I don’t care who you are playing, I’m excited about that,” Fezzuoglio said.
For the summer state playoffs, St. Charles North earned the top seed in the St. Charles Regional. Batavia checks in as the third seed, while Kaneland earned the fourth seed.
West Aurora, which faces Crystal Lake South at home Monday at 1 p.m., is the sixth seed.
Oswego East is the ninth seed. Marmion is the 14th seed and Oswego is the 15th seed.
Yorkville earned the 12th seed, but the Foxes made a run to the finals of the Wood Bat Tournament and held the lead going into the sixth inning against Neuqua. Yorkville travels Monday to St. Charles East, the fifth seed.
“We’re going to go up there and give it our best and see what happens,” Yorkville coach Scott Luken said. “In the summer, you just don’t know who will show up.”
Metea Valley earned the second seed in the Glenbard South Regional to headline the local participants. Aurora Central Catholic is the 15th seed.
Teams in eight regionals will play the first four days of the week to determine their champions.
The eight regional winners advance to next week’s pool play at Benedictine University in Lisle and North Central College in Naperville.
That will determine the summer state champion.