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Paul Johnson's baseball notebook

05/06/2014, 5:30pm CDT
By Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson breaks down three things you should know about area baseball.

Sandwich still in the hunt. Thanks to the weather this spring, the Indians have only played 16 games, so Sandwich remains in the thick of the Interstate Eight Large race. They are 5-3-1 after Monday’s 7-3 win over Plano. Coal City, Lisle and Westmont are also in the race. Coach Jason Van Pelt is hopeful that the tie against Manteno will eventually be finished. That would mean the conference race would still be in question.

Freshman Martinez fits in at Plano. When injuries started to befall the pitching staff for new coach John Parpet at Plano, he didn’t hesitate to elevate freshman Carlos Martinez to the varsity squad. Before dropping Monday’s game against rival Sandwich, Martinez had an ERA around 1.00. “He’s been our most consistent kid,” Parpet said. “If the older guys couldn’t play, let’s go young, so that’s what we did.”

He’s turning heads. Kaneland sophomore Anthony Holubecki caught the attention of plenty of scouts in the summer, earning a verbal commitment to Notre Dame. But now he’s translated it to the varsity as the Knights’ ace. His only loss came to Moeller in Cincinnati, the fifth-ranked team in the nation. “At points, it looks unfair,” Kaneland coach Brian Aversa said.


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