by Dan McGrath

Freed at last from the rigors of Chicago Catholic League competition, Leo will go for a third straight IHSA Class 2-A regional championship when it opens play in the Chicago Christian Sub-Regional on Thursday, May 16 against Corliss.

The Lions (6-20) are seeded No. 3 in the 10-team field behind host Chicago Christian (13-12) and University High (8-8), which is hosting its own sub-regional. The regional winner advances to the following week’s 2-A Sectional at Beecher.  

CISC Longwood and Hansberry will open the regional on Monday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. The winner faces Chicago Christian on Wednesday at 4:30.

Leo vs. Corliss on Thursday, also at 4:30 p.m., features a rematch with a team the Lions drubbed 22-1 back on March 20. Corliss is 1-14 this season, it’s only victory coming against Englewood STEM. 

The Game 2 and Game 3 winners will meet for the regional title at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11. All games will be played at Chicago Christian’s Schaaf Fields, 6100 W. College Drive, Palos Heights.

A 13-2 loss to De La Salle in its regular-season finale on May 6 left the Lions with 10 days to prepare for regional play.

“Time to get our pitching in order,” Coach Mike Anderson said. “We just didn’t have enough arms to compete in the Catholic League, and it really caught up with us as the season wore on. But we’ll be ready for the playoffs, no question.”