Bennett Musser tosses a gem to send Mundelein to the Class 4A title game

The Bennett Musser-Danny Connelly battery has been together since both were 10 years old. So Connelly, the catcher, knows when Musser has his best stuff.

SHARE Bennett Musser tosses a gem to send Mundelein to the Class 4A title game
Mundelien’s Bennett Musser (14) pitched a one-hit shutout to help the Mustangs advance to the Class 4A state title game.

Mundelien’s Bennett Musser (14) pitched a one-hit shutout to help the Mustangs advance to the Class 4A state title game.

Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

The Bennett Musser-Danny Connelly battery has been together since both were 10 years old. So Connelly, the catcher, knows when Musser has his best stuff.

“Bennett’s fastball has always been dominant and when he locates his changeup and his curveball he’s basically unhittable,” Connelly said.

That’s exactly what happened on Friday in Joliet.

“His offspeed [stuff] was on today,” Connelly said.

It resulted in 5 ⅔ no-hit innings for Musser as the Mustangs cruised to a 12-0 win against McHenry in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A baseball state semifinals at Duly Health and Care Field.

“When I play my best is when I pitch to contact,” Musser said. “When all three pitches are working I get ground balls and weak contact. It’s a lot easier when we get some runs.”

Musser pitched all seven innings and allowed just one hit and no runs. He struck out four and walked three.

The Mustangs (29-5) led 2-0 early and erupted for four runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Michael Farinea, Daniel Pacella, Christian Seminaro, Connor Wik and Connelly all had two hits. Pacella and Weik each drove in two runs.

“I’m so proud of all these guys,” Mundelein coach Randy Lerner said. “From day one our goal has been the state championship. We’ve been struggling offensively the past couple of games. Today we stayed nice and loose and got Bennett a couple runs and he had an unbelievable performance.”

The Mustangs will face Edwardsville in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Cooper Cohn had the only hit for McHenry (30-9), which will face Brother Rice in the third place game.

Mundelein vs. McHenry box score

The Latest
They said that speaking through an interpreter, Griner said she had acted unintentionally because she was packing in haste.
The robberies allegedly happened in one hour Wednesday morning.
Considering where to go when Illinois’ waterfowl blind draws come at the end of the month after the Illinois DNR announced the schedule yesterday.
Johnson said Thursday he will remain as British prime minister while a leadership contest is held to choose his successor.
A judge last year declined a request from Hoover for a lower sentence under the First Step Act. But in doing so, the judge gave the Gangster Disciples founder room to try again.