When the Sycamore baseball team clinched third place at the Class 3A state tournament in Joliet in June, it culminated a journey that was almost a decade in the making for a core group of Spartans. And in the middle of that group was Jimmy Amptmann.
From a big bopper in Hinckley to a historic run in Sycamore, there was a lot of memorable players, moments and teams from the 2023 baseball season. Here are five numbers that put the season into perspective.
Will Klumpp noticed Effingham reliever Jack Harper throwing pitches in the dirt earlier in the ninth inning of a tied Class 3A third-place game, so when Harper uncorked a wild pitch, the Sycamore junior was ready. Klumpp crossed the plate easily, giving the Spartans a 2-1 win.
John Hughes didn’t have a lot of strikeouts on Friday in a Class 3A semifinal against Sycamore. But every time the Spartans threatened to score, the Nazareth junior lefty got a key strikeout to escape the jam.
For a Sycamore team with a couple comebacks under its belt already this postseason, it seemed another one was brewing against defending state champion Nazareth in a Class 3A semifinal. But it wasn't to be in a 3-0 loss to the Roadrunners.