Going into their CSL opening game against Niles North, the Evanston Township High School Wildkits baseball squad had come off a tough one-run loss against Mundelein. They looked like an average team. Head Coach Frank Consiglio’s guys apparently had heard enough talk and decided to step up to the plate and exceed some expectations.
Not only was this the Kits’ first CSL match-up, it was their home-opener – and they opened in style. The Vikings had a good top half of the first inning with two runs, but Evanston exploded for 11 runs in the bottom half. This was highlighted by Noah Doppelt’s two hits in the inning and Billy Farrow’s two-run homer in left center field. The Kits then scored three runs in the second and, to put the icing on the cake, another four in the fourth. On the mound, Matt Carmichael got the win, pitching four solid innings with Sean Kincaid and Josh Channin relieving in their 19-7 victory.
The next day Evanston faced Notre Dame. This time the Kits had to fight to the bitter end for their win. The game was scoreless until the third inning, when the Kits scored once and took that lead into the fifth. But then the Dons scored twice to take the lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Matt Felvey hit a clutch two-out, two-RBI single, putting the Kits 4-2 with this three-run inning. The Dons scored two runs to tie the game going into the bottom of the seventh. Senior David Stillerman hit a game-winning two-out RBI to give Evanston a 5-4 victory, their second in a row.
In their third game in three days, the Kits stayed home to take on Deerfield. Fatigue did not seem to be an issue, as they stayed hot on offense, winning easily 10-2.
Evanston then hit a potential speed bump against a very strong Libertyville team that already had state ranking. But the Kits did not help themselves, committing seven errors and getting only three hits, eventually losing 10-0.
The Kits vented their frustration against Maine East, where their hot bats reappeared. After keeping a small 2-1 lead, Evanston scored nine runs in the fourth inning to put them up for good. Kenny Horwat led the Evanston attack, going three for four with a double, a triple and three RBI in his team’s 16-1 rout.
The squad traveled to Skokie after that to take on the Wolves of Niles West, where pitching was the big story. Matt Carmichael pitched a complete game, a two-hit shut-out, striking out ten in his strongest start yet. The game was deadlocked at zero until the sixth inning, when Farrow hit a two-out home run to put them up 1-0. After two key insurance runs, Carmichael kept the lead and led his team to a 3-0 win.
They then took on the Wolves again, but this time in Evanston, and senior Kevin Rosinski took the mound to try to shut out Niles West – and did he ever. In the first inning, senior Trevor Forde hit a two-run homerun. The Kits kept that lead. In the third, they produced a 12-run onslaught led by Horwat, who had six RBI in the inning, including a grand-slam homerun and a two-RBI double. Rosinski pitched a no-hitter, striking out six on his 18th birthday, and led Evanston to a 14-0 win.
The next day, Evanston took on Loyola and again the Kits got a dominant pitching performance from another starter. In the first inning, Stillerman hit a two-RBI single. Sophomore Jordan Crawford pitched a complete game, striking out nine and giving up only one hit, to lead Evanston to a 2-1 victory.
The Wildkits are now 13-5-1 on the season and are 5-0 in their conference. They take on Maine South tomorrow in Evanston, staying home to face Glenbrook South Saturday morning. They are off to Waukegan next Tuesday and play that team again at home next Thursday.