Going into the class 4A playoffs, Head Coach Frank Consiglio was confident that if his team played like they had against top teams in the state, they could turn some heads in their postseason run.
“If we can play some consistent baseball for three or four games in a row, I think we can make some noise in the postseason,” said Coach Consiglio “Honestly, we’re the definition of an on-and-off ball club. We’ve really been inconsistent. But we’re really looking forward to the regional, especially if we can play our kind of baseball. I really don’t know what to expect.”
The team has been inconsistent many times throughout the season but has shown signs of great play against the likes of New Trier, Maine West, and Glenbrook South. But the Kits were also plagued by bad defense, not so timely hitting and poor pitching against teams many thought the Kits should have beaten.
One truly consistent pitcher on Evanston’s staff was Greg Otte, who put in a lot of work for a first-year starter. Otte had a 4-3 record for the year, with a 3.14 earned run average and many good quality starts. On the offensive side, Evanston had some bright spots and may expect many good things next year. Most of the hitters consisted of juniors and sophomores and some excelled and are preparing for a breakout 2010 year.
Senior outfielder Sean Witt, who hit .383 with a .617 slugging percentage and 15 extra base hits, junior first baseman William Farrow, who hit .318 with 11 extra base hits and pitcher Otte were chosen to be on the all-CSL South team by league coaches.
All those accolades and the confidence within the team led up to their opening playoff match up against Niles North at Evanston Stadium. Just two weeks before, the Vikings beat Evanston in Skokie.
Junior Sean Kincaid started the game on the mound for the Kits. In the second inning, senior Morgan Fitzpatrick drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, putting Evanston up 1-0 early on. Kincaid’s solid pitching though came to a halt in the top of the third when the Vikings offense finally woke up. With Andrew Bouleanu and Josh Levy on base, sophomore Brett Sklena hit his first home run of the season in the opposite field to put the Vikings up 3-1. They added one more run in the next inning, putting them up 4-1 and they never looked back.
Kincaid settled down, but it seemed to be too little too late,,as his offense could not get into stride. Senior Richie Foreman singled in a run in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 4-2 but the next batter flied out to end the contest and the Kits’ season.
There is no doubt that there is a good future for the team as Coach Consiglio started mostly non-seniors, preparing the team for a solid 2010 campaign.
Now that the season is over, it also ends a wonderful school year of prep sports from the first night football game at Lazier Field to the first baseball game played at the brand new Evanston Stadium.