Baseball: Gardner-South Wilmington’s Harty is 22-K good
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media May 1, 2012 6:18PM
Joliet West's Matt Koran. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 3, 2012 8:14AM
Gardner-South Wilmington pitcher Shane Harty etched his name in the IHSA record book when he struck out 22 in the Panthers’ 4-2 10-inning win April 25 at Donovan.
Harty’s total is tied for 12th most in state history and the seventh-best total ever.
“He has pitched some excellent games for us the last four years,” Panthers coach Jon Posing said. “I think he was more dominating this game than any other. I bet I didn’t have him throw five breaking pitches the last five innings.”
Harty scattered three hits to run his record to 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA. The opposition is hitting .127 against Harty.
“He was happy we won,” Posing said of Harty’s demeanor after the game. “He is genuinely more concerned with the victory than anything, but you could tell he was pumped when he heard he had 22. I don’t blame him. That doesn’t happen too often.”
It had been eight years since a player has fanned 22 or more in a game.
“He was just blowing it by guys,” Posing said. “He told me he felt like he was getting stronger as the game went on. It, obviously, was one of the most dominating pitching performances in state history. There aren’t many pitchers who can say they struck out 22 guys in one game.”
At the plate, Harty is hitting .306 with a team-high 12 walks.
Pass the antacids
The SouthWest Suburban Blue season has reached the midway point and the only thing decided is the race for the championship will, most likely, go down to the final week. Five of the league’s eight teams are within a game of one another.
Sandburg (5-2) is atop the league standings. Joliet West is 5-3 in the Blue, while Lincoln-Way East and Lockport are among three teams at 4-3.
Of the first 56 Red and Blue division games played this year, 20 of them (36 percent) were decided by three runs or fewer.
Three of Joliet West’s wins have been by two runs or fewer. The Tigers (13-11) won three of their previous four games as April spilled into May.
Last week, Matt Koran led the Tigers’ offensive resurgence by going 5-for-11 with three home runs, eight RBI and four runs in four games. He’s hitting .353 on the season.
“Matt has found his stroke, hitting all of his homers in four games with the wind blowing in,” West coach John Karczewski said. “Ironically, his lone double last week was probably the hardest-hit ball of all. Right now, Matt is locked in.”
Dwight senior Alec Frazier was a terror on the mound and at the plate last week. Frazier went 1-1 on the mound, striking out 26 in 14 innings in a 6-3 win over Peotone and a 6-4 loss to Coal City. At the dish, he went 5-for-6 with a double and three RBI.
On the season, Frazier is 4-3 with a 3.35 ERA. He has 82 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings for the Trojans (11-11). He has gone six or more innings in seven of his eight starts.