York baseball team bounces back from losses to Oak Park

Dukes rally against Willowbrook to break losing streak; Faber-Cournane throws two-hit shutout for IC softball

spring campaigns
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ELMHURST – The strong start to the 2017 season for the York baseball team hit a roadblock this week in the form of perennial power Oak Park.

The Dukes got swept in the three-game West Suburban Silver Conference series that ended with Friday’s 2-0 loss at Benedictine University in Lisle.

York was held to just two hits. Charlie Pakenas worked into the seventh inning on the mound, striking out four.

On April 25, the squad fell 11-0 to the Huskies. In the opener a day earlier, Oak Park prevailed 7-5 after scoring four runs in the fifth frame and two more in the sixth. Mike Bernal and Joey Yaeger had three hits apiece.

But the Dukes did bounce back on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Willowbrook 9-6 in a non-conference affair.

Trailing 5-2 after five innings, the visitors scored three runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Nick Lee had a pair of hits and two RBIs to lead the offense. Bernal also produced two hits and Elliot Achepohl drove in two.

York improved to 17-5 on the season.


The Knights split a pair of games with Riverside-Brookfield, winning 2-1 on April 24 before falling 5-4 a day later.

In the victory, Matt Sutton drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. That made a winner out of Brendan Russ, who struck out six while allowing four hits in seven frames.


The Trojans took down Glenbard South 5-4 on April 27 to improve to 11-7 on the spring.

Josh Anderson had a pair of RBIs and Jonny Strube pitched five and two-third innings.


Behind four hits from Mia Tran, the Dukes knocked off Glenbard West 12-2 on April 26.

Tran drove in a pair of runs while Kyra Kroll and Jane Moran each had three hits. Kroll had three RBIs. Julia Derkowski pitched a complete game, fanning four.


Kayla Faber-Cournane threw a two-hit shutout in the Knights’ 10-0 victory in five innings against Aurora Central Catholic on Friday.

Kaitlyn Falduto and Josie Lytton had two hits apiece. Josie Lytton, Emma Lytton and Alessandra Eccardt all drove in two runs as IC improved to 11-8.

Girls soccer

The Knights scored six goals in back-to-back wins, defeating Timothy Christian 6-0 and Hinckley Big Rock 6-1 on April 25 and 26.

Tessa Langan tallied four goals against Timothy while Olivia Hurt and Grace Fuller each scored twice against Hinckley Big Rock.

Boys track

Participating in the Prospect meet on April 28, the Dukes totaled 63 points to finish fifth.

The top individual effort was put forth by Charlie Kern, who captured the 800-meter race title with a time of 1:53.21.

Jackson Bode was the runner-up in the 3,200 after crossing the line in 9:29.85 and Cal Widener was second in the shot put.

Boys volleyball

In pool play of their own invite on Friday, the Dukes went a perfect 3-0. York defeated Eisenhower 25-18, 25-13, Wheaton North 25-15, 25-17 and Waubonsie Valley 25-14, 25-21.