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Daily Herald Article - 5/5/2016 - "Glenbard South’s Riley ready to leave his field of dreams"

on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:25

To play baseball the right way there must be respect for the game. That respect extends to the conditions of the field.

No one is more meticulous where field conditions are concerned than Glenbard South baseball coach and physical education teacher Mike Riley, who is retiring after this season, his 17th with the Raiders and 29th overall as a head coach.

It might seem a ticky-tack point to raise about an Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee who has won more than 570 games plus five regional titles and six conference crowns.

It was important enough to Riley, though, to lay down the law before he came to Glenbard South from Rockford Guilford, where he’d enjoyed four straight 20-win seasons including a program-record 29-4 mark in 1997.

“When I first started here I basically told them I wasn’t coming unless the field was irrigated,” he said.

District 87 and parental donations came through with the irrigation systems. Glenbard South had its coach.

For Riley it was a round trip back to the area. A 1977 Hinsdale Central graduate, he began his teaching and coaching career there out of Southern Illinois University.

Despite his early, brash-sounding request Riley backed it up with diligence and vision, often taking maintenance matters into his own hands. Off days or before games, you may find him pushing a mower on the field.

When Riley had — or has — a question about ballpark maintenance, he’ll call up White Sox head groundskeeper Roger Bossard, a legend in that trade.

Suburban Life Article - 5/5/2016 - "High school sports roundup: Glenbard West, South baseball notch conference wins"

on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:12

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:22 a.m. CDT - By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA

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Glenbard South

Fabian Garcia allowed just one hit and Dan Opem drove in Tim Marks in the top of the seventh as the Raiders defeated Aurora Central Catholic 1-0 on May 2 to improve to 11-9 on the spring.
 

 

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on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:25

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Saturday Games Update

on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:10

Saturdays baseball games against Oswego East have been moved to a 9am start time due to impending weather.  This change is for all 3 levels.

Thursday, April 28th Game Update

on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:50

Varsity game is cancelled today due to Elmood Park's wet fields.  Lower levels are still on for home games today.

Suburban Life Article - 4/21/2016 - "High school baseball: Michael Ashe helps set tone for Glenbard South"

on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:03

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2016 3:09 p.m. CDT -  By JASON ROSSI - jrossi@shawmedia.com

GLEN ELLYN – Michael Ashe is one of the key players for Glenbard South’s baseball team.

That includes on and off the field, in games and during practices....

Ashe bats in the heart of the order and plays at key defensive spots on the left side of the infield, but as one of just seven seniors on the team his role as a leader is just as important.

“I try to keep everyone up and not get down on anyone, help get the bats going one by one and be lively in the dugout,” he said.

Fellow seniors Tim Marks, Kyle Carli and Fabian Garcia, along with junior Dan Opem, are the official team captains, but Ashe is right there as a mainstay for the Raiders.

“I try to be rah-rah when it’s the right time,” Ashe said. “I always try to get the pitchers’ confidence up when I’m in the field.”

Ashe came up to the varsity midway through his sophomore season and ever since has brought consistency, versatility and talent to the lineup. 

“He’s been pretty consistent for us on the left side of the infield playing both those spots and in the middle of the lineup,” South head coach Mike Riley said. “Our kids have a really good attitude, but we don’t have a lot of vocal leaders on the team. … They’re all a bit more on the quiet side. They’re not really boisterous guys, so we have to work on enthusiasm sometimes, but [the seniors are] lead-by-example guys.”

The Raiders have had some ups and downs this season.

Daily Herald Article - 4/21/2016 - "Baseball: St. Francis, Neuqua Valley, Montini win"

on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:54

Glenbard South 14, Timothy Christian 13:

Kyle Zygadto's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh won the Metro Suburban matchup for the Raiders (7-8, 5-4). Lucas Lorusso went 5-for-6 with a home runs. Sean Cooke had 4 hits. Joey Gedwill was the winning pitcher with 3 innings of relief. Noah Marrera went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI for Timothy Christian (9-6, 6-3).

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Daily Herald Article - 4/18/2016 - "Baseball: Glenbard South's Garcia overcomes the tough times"

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:41

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Fabian Garcia's day on the mound consisted of five innings of cruise control sandwiched by two innings of terror. He survived it all while leading Glenbard South's baseball team to victory over Wheaton Academy.

Behind the senior righty's 4-hitter with 9 strikeouts, the Raiders edged Wheaton Academy 2-0 in Monday's Metro Suburban West action in Glen Ellyn.

Garcia allowed only four baserunners from the second inning through the sixth. In the first and seventh inning, though, Garcia escaped pressure-packed bases-loaded jams without allowing a run.

With Warriors starting pitcher Payton Sowa also settling down after the first inning, Garcia knew he had to be near perfect in those tough spots.

"Those two innings were real scary," Garcia said with a laugh. "After that last out I was shaking. It was exciting. Everyone made their plays, so it was good."

After Garcia got out of the hard-hitting top of the first with a strikeout and a comebacker, Glenbard South (6-7, 4-3) scored both its runs in the bottom of the first. Kyle Carli singled home Lucas Lorusso and Sean Cooke tripled in courtesy runner Vince Marra.

That was it for the offense as both sides struggled with clutch hitting. Sowa struck out seven in six innings.

"We hit the ball hard today, we just hit it at people," said Warriors coach Brad Byrne, whose team fell to 6-7 overall and 2-2 in the MSC. "That's baseball. Their groundballs were finding holes and our line drives seemed to be finding their guys.

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