Baseball game preview: Rantoul vs. Monticello

4:30 p.m., Monday

Rantoul

Storyline

Eagles

It’s been an up-and-down start for Rantoul, which had disappointing offensive approaches in losses against Hoopeston and Urbana before a 5-0 loss to Prairie Central on Thursday brought the Eagles to a 3-3 record.

The signs of life have certainly been there, though, as Rantoul put up 13 runs and 15 runs in victories over Decatur Eisenhower and Westville on March 23 and 31, respectively.

Sages

Monticello has high expectations this year after running into eventual state runner-up St. Joseph-Ogden in a regional championship game loss in the 2017 postseason.

Luke Stokowski and the Sages have firepower up and down the lineup and in the rotation.

Keys to win

Eagles

Be patient at the plate

The Eagles must, must, must start having a more patient offensive approach and start seeing the ball better. They racked up 15 strikeouts in a loss to Urbana and only mustered up two hits versus Prairie Central.

Sages

Get aggressive

Whether that’s on the basepaths or looking to jump on Crites’ fastball (assuming he starts) early, the Sages can do some damage early.

Players to watch

Eagles

Adam Crites

The junior has gotten off to a bit of a rough start this year. Assuming he starts, he will be tasked with facing a team in which he didn’t have his best stuff against last season, but Crites still earned a victory over the Sages in 2017.

Sages

Alek Bundy

One of the hottest bats in the area belongs to Bundy, who is raking with a .480 average with 6 RBI and 16 runs scored. He also has two home runs and four stolen bases to his name.

Contact Zack Carpenter at zcarpenter@rantoulpress.com and on Twitter @ZackCarpenter11.

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