1. A familiar task faces Westminster. The sixth-seeded Warriors (11-17), after upsetting St. Edward 5-2 Monday, host second seed Aurora Chrisitan Thursday in the regional semifinals. They lost 7-2 earlier this year to the Eagles at Judson. The Warriors started ace Clay DeHaan (2-5, 2.67), who will pitch for Trinity Christian next year, in the first game game, but he won Monday and won’t likely be available. “We have two more guys that have thrown a lot of innings for us this year and I’m confident in them,” Rivera said of Nic Angiulo (4-1) and Andrew Ryan (1-1).
2. Dundee-Crown pitcher Ahren Ludwig received the ultimate compliment. Jacobs batters couldn’t get a hit off the junior lefty for 7 2/3 innings in Jacobs’ 1-0 win Thursday, and Jacobs coach Jamie Murray said: “He’s got a good secondary pitch and our guys came back to the bench and said ‘coach that is one filthy breaking pitch.’ “ Ludwig was 4-3 with a 1.87 ERA through Monday.
3. It’s down to the wire in the FVC Valley. Huntley and Jacobs took 14-3 FVC Valley records into the final two games. If they finish tied, the Golden Eagles at least have bragging rights to go with their first ever conference title. They beat Huntley in both matchups earlier this year. Huntley finishes with Dundee-Crown Wednesday and Jacobs with a tough game at Cary-Grove Wednesday.