Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hawks Fall Just Short of World Series Berth

The Hawks were 4-2 in postseason play. (Jim Cummins)
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – The Harper baseball team came up just short of its first ever NJCAA Division III World Series berth, losing in a best-of-three series against Waubonsee Community College.

The Hawks needed to take two out of three games from the Chiefs, and things looked good after Harper took game one 9-2. However, the Chiefs rebounded, winning game two 8-1 and taking the final game of the series 13-1 to earn a bid to the World Series in Tyler, Texas.

The game one victory was the Hawks’ third consecutive defeat of Waubonsee. In that contest, Lee Breitzman(Palatine, Ill., Fremd) pitched seven strong innings for the victory. Leadoff man Theo Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling) continued his hot streak at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Third baseman Kurt Becker (Palatine, Ill., Palatine) also provided an offensive spark, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.

With a chance to close out the series in game two, the Hawks’ bats went quiet, producing just two hits in the 8-1 defeat. Mike Miguel (Algonquin, Ill., Jacobs) and Breitzman were the only Harper players to record hits. The Hawks were shaky on defense, committing six errors in the game.Chris Bobo surrendered three earned runs over eight innings and was saddled with the loss.

With a trip to Tyler, Texas on the line, the Chiefs came out swinging in the final game as they racked up 16 hits in the game and ended Harper’s season with a 13-1 win. Harper starting pitcherSteven Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling) did not make it out of the third inning and was handed the defeat.  Cory Kay (Arlington Heights, Ill., St. Viator) had three hits and an RBI for the Hawks.

The Hawks finish the season with a 20-22 record and 4-2 record in postseason play. 

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