Tensions flare as baseball team beats Glenbrook North

By P.J. Kennedy

Sports Editor

The boy’s baseball team has started their much-awaited season. So far this season the boys have started off 3-3-1 and won Monday’s game 7-3. Senior John Coen, who went two for four with a triple and single, and threw a complete game thought game was good all-around.

“We battled well, and finally put together a good game in all aspects; once we get in a roll we can only stop ourselves,” Coen said.

Senior catcher Kyle Kapka, who had a very good day behind the plate and also had a good day batting, going two for two, thinks that this was a big win because Glenbrook North did a little bit of ‘smack’ talking.

During the game, there was an argument between Kapka and a player from Glenbrook North. This little argument was taken care of, and the game was continued and the Knights were victorious.

“This is a game we needed, this team tried to get in our heads and we kept our composure and pulled off a win,” Kapka said.

So far this season, the boys have beaten Lake Zurich, who finished 20th in the state last year according to Maxpreps.com, and Bartlett in a very high scoring game, winning 18-16. The boys have high hopes ahead of them and believe that they can go as far as they let themselves.

“We know we have some good players, but it won’t mean anything if we don’t have the right attitude every day. If we can put everything together, we should be able to win the MSL and make a deep run in the playoffs.”

Coen does have a point. The Knights lost third baseman Jason Leblebejian, who was all conference, and pitcher Johnny Larson. The Knights’ also lost their catcher, Johnny Bergman, who split time with Kapka last year.

However, the Knights’ do have six returning starters from the team last year, which is a big help, and they can only stop themselves once they get on a roll according to Coen. Kapka agrees with Coen.

Kapka feels confident about the rest of the season.

“I feel this win could start a positive trend for the rest of the season”