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Comparing the contenders: Highland vs. Nazareth Academy

The Highland Bulldogs celebrate Friday, June 12, 2015, after beating the Morgan Park Mustangs 13-0 during at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill.
The Highland Bulldogs celebrate their 13-0 five-inning victory over Morgan Park in a Class 3A state baseball semifinal Friday in Joliet. With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the state title game on Saturday, where they will play (LaGrange Park) Nazareth Academy at 11:30 a.m.
The Highland Bulldogs celebrate Friday, June 12, 2015, after beating the Morgan Park Mustangs 13-0 during at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill. The Highland Bulldogs celebrate their 13-0 five-inning victory over Morgan Park in a Class 3A state baseball semifinal Friday in Joliet. With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the state title game on Saturday, where they will play (LaGrange Park) Nazareth Academy at 11:30 a.m. Special to the News-Democrat

HIGHLAND

Record: 27-13

Coach: Joel Hawkins (24 years, 537-284)

Top hitters: Andrew Winning (.400, 9 2B, HR, 22 RBI); Grant Geppert (.378, 5 2B, 29 RBI, 34 runs); Cody Bentlage (.348, 3 3B, 21 RBI, 32 runs); Will Greenwald (.325, 4 2B, 33 runs)

Top pitchers: Grant Geppert (74 IP, 8-3, 1.89 ERA, 74 K, 35 BB); Tyler Kimmle (56 IP, 6-2, 3.13 ERA, 51 K); Pete Baumgartner (33 IP, 2-3, 1.59 ERA, 46 K)

Last season: Lost in regional semifinal

State history: Lost state quarterfinal, did not place, in 1958; State champions in 2008

NAZARETH ACADEMY (LAGRANGE PARK)

Record: 32-8

Coach: Lee Milano (16 years, 384-199-1)

Top hitters: Ryan Kramer (.455, 10 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 29 runs); Shane Gipson (.333, 7 2B, 6 HR, 25 RBI); Matt Flach (.398, 11 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 34 runs); Brandon Bossard (.410, 11 2B, HR, 22 RBI, 31 runs); Carson Bartels (.357, 17 2B, 31 RBI, 33 runs)

Top pitchers: Donald Kelly (55 IP, 8-2, 1.53 ERA, 73 K); Carson Bartels (49 IP, 4-3, 2.14 ERA, 39 K); Matt Wilson (32.2 IP, 7-0, 1.71 ERA, 32 K)

Last season: Lost in sectional semifinal

State history: Placed fourth in 2011; Placed third in 2012

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