Conference champs prepare for playoffs

Luke Muldonado, shown batting is a recent game, has the highest batting average on the Madison College baseball team, hitting .400 on the season.

Luke Muldonado, shown batting is a recent game, has the highest batting average on the Madison College baseball team, hitting .400 on the season.

Clarion staff

As the Madison College baseball team prepares for post-season play, it continues to rack up the wins and accomplishments. The team just completed a week that saw it capture the conference title and win 8 of 9 games.

The WolfPack claimed the North Central Community College Conference title with a pair of wins over the College of DuPage on Monday, April 30. The two wins put Madison College’s conference record at 11-1. Its overall record stands at 37-11.

Madison College will begin the NJCAA Region IV Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 12, after concluding the regular season with a doubleheader against Sauk Valley Community College on May 8.

In recent games:

Sunday, April 29

Outfielder Landon Tenhagen had a big day against Kankakee Community College, powering the WolfPack to a 10-5 and 4-3 victory. Tenhagen hit a three-run home run in game one and went 4 for 7 with seven RBIs in the two games.

After falling behind, 3-1, in the first game, the WolfPack scored nine times in the bottom of the third inning to take a commanding lead. Shane Adler pitched the win for Madison College.

The second game was much closer. Madison College entered the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing, 3-2. Bryce Barsness hit a double to left center to drive in Luke Maldonado and force an extra inning. Then Nathan Pollock drove in Eric DuCharme with a walk-off double in the eighth inning.

Monday, April 30 

Madison College swept the College of DuPage in a doubleheader, 5-2 and 10-0, to earn another N4C title.

In the first game, Paul Poirier pitched a complete game for the WolfPack, surrendering just two runs on six hits. Offensively, Landon Tenhagen came up big with an RBI triple.

Madison College scored 10 runs on nine hits in the second game, while pitcher Mac Wichmann earned the win by giving up just one hit in four innings. Eric DuCharme had three RBIs for the WolfPack, while Luke Maldonado and Nathan Pollock each had two.

Tuesday, May 1

The WolfPack scored six runs in the final two innings to rally for a 7-4 victory over Waubonsee Community College. Treysen Vavra and Bryce Barsness both doubled in the six inning to spark the rally.

Brent Mueller earned the win for Madison College, pitching in relief. Landon Tenhagen led the team with two hits.

Thursday, May 3

Madison College dominated Kishwaukee College in a doubleheader, scoring a total of 26 runs in the two games. The WolfPack won the first game, 12-1, and the second game, 14-3.

In the opening game, Madison College scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Treysen Vavra led the team offensively, scoring three times after going 2 for 3 with a home run. Cody Peterson pitched the win, giving up just two hits in four innings.

In the second game, took control with a six-run second inning and a seven-run fourth inning. Ryan McShane had a big game offensively, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Danny Sullivan pitched the victory, surrendering just three hits.

Saturday, May 5

South Suburban Community College handed the WolfPack a rare loss, splitting a pair of one-run games.

Madison College won the first game, 4-3. Shortstop Ryan McShane was 2 for 4 and scored two runs, while Treysen Vavra was 2 for 3 and drove in two runs. Shane Adler pitched the win, while Josh Jaro earned the save.

The second game saw South Suburban jump out to an early lead with a four-run second inning. Despite out-hitting their opponent, 12-10, the WolfPack could not overcome the early deficit.

Luke Maldonado had three hits for the WolfPack, while Treysen Vavra, Josh Rowles and Jon Dybevik each added two hits.