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Baseball: SVM scouts 3A Sterling Regional

Published: Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:34 a.m. CST

3A Sterling Regional

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

Where: Gartner Park, Sterling

Teams: No. 1 Rock Falls (18-11), No. 2 Rochelle (7-19), No. 3 Freeport (10-16), No. 4 Sterling (8-19-1), No. 5 Dixon (8-22-1)

Players to watch: Austin Donoho, RF sr. P/SS; Cayden Erickson, RF jr. P/OF; Dylan Hopkins, Rochelle so. P; Cal Jarrett, Dixon jr. P/IF; Steve McShane, Freeport jr. CF; Turner Morse, Sterling fr. P/IF

Outlook: The Rockets have bounced back nicely this season after an 0-6 start, doing so with a deep starting rotation and timely offense that can manufacture runs and hit for power. Rochelle has been solid this season under coach Nick Reineck, a former three-sport athlete for the Hubs, and secured the No. 2 seed with a win over Freeport earlier this season. The Pretzels were just below .500 in the always-strong NIC-12, but don’t count out the spunky Golden Warriors or Dukes, who have enough quality pitching and feisty hitting to throw a scare into the higher seeds.

Favorite: Rock Falls Darkhorse: Sterling

SVM prediction: Rock Falls

Advancement: Winner to Rochelle Sectional, vs. Belvidere North Regional winner, 4 p.m. Thursday, June 5

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