After falling to Loyola Academy in the regular season finale, the Evanston Township High School baseball team bounced back against Central Suburban League foe Niles North in the opening round of the IHSA Class 4A Evanston Regional tournament on May 23. The Kits beat the Vikings by a score of 9-4, taking a 1-0 lead when senior Matt Barbato hit an RBI double in the first inning. The Kits then extended the lead to 4-0 when they scored three runs in the fourth. From there they rolled to the 9-4 victory.
In beating Niles North, the Kits advanced to the Regional title game against Fenwick on May 26. Against Fenwick, senior Jake Snider stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh with the Kits trailing 3-2 and he lined a bases-loaded single to right field, which scored the tying and winning runs to allow the Kits to steal the 4-3 victory and capture the Regional title.
With the victory, the Kits advanced to the Loyola Academy Sectional round. In the semi-finals of that tournament, the Kits took on Lane Tech on May 31 and prevailed by a score of 9-7. After trailing 7-2 in that game, the Kits fought back with a seven-run rally in the top of the fifth inning to take a 9-7 lead. From there, seniors Jay Moore and Henry Haack combined to pitch three shutout innings to close out the victory and earn the Kits a spot in the Sectional final against Loyola on June 2.
In the rematch of the regular season finale against Loyola, the Kits unfortunately were not able to avenge that loss as they came up short against the by a score of 9-3. In that game, the Kits struck first with two runs in the third thanks in part to junior Tommy Barbato reaching on an error, Jake getting hit by a pitch, and RBI singles by senior Adam Geibel and sophomore Noah Leib – making it a 2-0 contest.
From there, the Ramblers scored six runs in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The Kits then responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 6-3. That run was set up when senior Harry Porter, junior Chris Wolfe and Matt each singled to load the bases. The run was scored when Jake bounced into a force out with one out in the inning. But that was unfortunately the closest they would get (despite also stranding two base runners in the fifth inning). The Ramblers cruised to the 9-3 victory, thus ending the Kits’ season on a sour note.
Leading the offensive attack for the Kits was Adam, who went three-for-four for against the Ramblers and concluded his career ranked No. 2 on the career hit list in program history. Harry also added a pair of hits for the No. 3 seeded Kits. With the loss, the Kits finished with an overall record of 23-10-1.
Even though the Kits came up short of their ultimate goal of a state title this season, the fact that they advanced to the Sectional title game and will only lose seven seniors bodes well for their chances at another successful campaign in the 2019 season.