Going into their big CSL match-up against Maine South on April 27, Evanston’s varsity baseball squad was on a roll and was undefeated in conference play.
The Kits went to Park Ridge hoping to keep up their momentum, but the Hawks had other plans for the visitors. Evanston got off to a hot start in the first inning, scoring three runs and adding one more in the fourth, but the Hawks countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the fourth. In the bottom of the sixth, Maine South scored three times to tie the game on two walks, a hit batter and two errors. The Hawks then scored in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 5-4 and to hand Evanston their first conference loss.
Two days later, Evanston played against the Hawks at home, and it was again a low-scoring affair in Maine South’s favor. University of Illinois recruit Ronnie Muck took the mound against the Kits and seemingly dominated their entire lineup. Muck gave up only 2 hits and struck out 14 Evanston batters in the contest. Jordan Crawford pitched well for the Kits, throwing six 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and striking out six batters, but it was not enough. Trevor Forde and David Stillerman provided the only Evanston hits as their team fell for the second consecutive game, 3-1.
On May 1, Evanston stayed home to face Glenbrook North, and some much- needed clutch hitting was provided by the Kits’ senior catcher. Forde hit a solo home run to deep left center field in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Evanston a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Spartans.
Evanston fought from behind all through the game. They trailed, 1-0, in the fourth inning when Aiden Murphy drove in two runs with a clutch single through the left side with two outs in the inning. Evanston was trailing the Spartans 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Nathan Clarke hit a two-run home run with two outs in the inning, and giving the Kits a 6-5 lead. Clarke’s home run scored Sean Kincaid who got on base with a key single. The Spartans then tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Kits came back with a homer to put the game away. On the mound for Evanston was Kevin Rosinski who pitched a solid five innings, with Justin Kleschen relieving and Matt Carmichael recording the last four outs of the game for the win.
Head Coach Frank Consiglio thinks his team is coming around offensively and to what he preaches every day at practice.
“Trevor has been a real leader for us. He’s such a positive influence; he’s doing the right things in the classroom and he’s turned himself into a quality player. I’m very happy with what he brings to the team,” said the coach.
Two days after their dramatic win, Evanston faced highly ranked Stevenson. The Patriots dominated the whole game, giving the Kits no chance to rally, before, falling, 11-1.
The Kits stayed home to take on Waukegan in another key conference game on May 4. Evanston jumped on the Bulldogs early, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding one more in the second. Matt Carmichael started the game for Evanston, and the junior pitched the first five innings giving up four hits and striking out six. Jordan Crawford shut the door, recording the last six outs in a row. The Kits held on late for a 4-3 win.
Evanston traveled to Waukegan two days later. They scored five runs in the last inning to complete their 13-2 rout of the Bulldogs.
Maine West was the next destination on May 8. The Kits scored twice in the last inning, but their late rally came up one run short as they fell, 5-4, to the Warriors.
Evanston now prepares to face the Trevians in Evanston Field tomorrow for what is sure to be their biggest home game yet. They go to Highland Park on Saturday, and then to Glenview on Monday to take on Glenbrook South. They take on Glenbrook South at home next Wednesday, and finish their regular season schedule going up against Lake Zurich.
“Our theory about hitting is that less is more, that you need to do less with your swing and take a short approach. Just stay back a bit and take a short approach to put the ball in play.” A lot of kids in high school do not trust that approach, but Trevor used it when he hit his walk-off home run on an 0-2 pitch.