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Baseball: Three things learned

Updated: April 22, 2014 8:44PM



1. De La Salle’s Alex Padilla can deal. The senior right-hander, committed to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, has ace stuff — an upper 80s (mph) fastball, 11-to-5 breaking ball and killer changeup. Pitching on three days’ rest Saturday against Brother Rice, Padilla allowed three runs, six hits and struck out four during a 4-0 loss. The fact Padilla texted coach Mark Higgins on Friday to say he wanted the ball vs. Rice speaks volumes about the young man’s competitive juices.

2. Sandburg’s Big Three is dominant. Sean Leland, Bryan Pall and Matthias Dietz allowed a total of two runs during three games last week. Despite the pitching dominance, the Eagles failed to register the sweep. Leland and Pall guided Sandburg to wins of 8-1 and 8-0, respectively, over H-F, while Dietz suffered a 1-0 loss Friday to Lemont.

3. Brother Rice can’t be overlooked in Blue. While many expect Mount Carmel, St. Rita, St. Laurence and Providence to slug it out for the top spot in the Catholic Blue, don’t underestimate Brother Rice. The Crusaders don’t have a flame-thrower in their starting rotation, but do boast a foursome — Mike Enriquez, Brian Musielak, Ian McGinnis and Ryan Kutt — that knows how to pitch. The Crusaders also have a fearless closer in Kevin Biondic.

Pat Disabato



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