The Central Chicago Prep Bankers have taken the 2018 NAHS World Series, defeating Dutch Colonial Academy 7-5 to make two straight wins in the best-of-three series.
The Dutch Colonial Academy Gunners can hold their head up high, though, after their promotion last year out of Division 2, and 3rd place finish in Division 1, in the International Schools Conference, which got them a wild-card entry into the playoffs.
The Gunners defeated the 2017 NAHS champions, the Mexican-based Guadalupe High School Slashers, advancing to the next round where they also took down the 1st place International Conference team, Cancun High School Cervezas.
But the storybook year for the Gunners came to a rapid close as the Bankers vanquished them in a 2-game series sweep, first with a blowout 10-0 loss in Game 1, then again in today’s loss in Chicago.
Freshman Antonio de Jesus, the Central Chicago Prep second baseman, was an easy choice to be named series MVP. He went 6-for-10 against the Gunners, scoring 3 runs, and hitting a double and a home run, while driving in four runs. De Jesus had earlier distinguished himself in the Conference Round, with a 3-homer game against Niagara Academy back on the 9th.
Looking ahead to the June 2018 draft, several victorious Bankers players could find themselves on the market. While de Jesus still has some years to go before draft eligibility, starter Chris Riddle, a senior, is almost certain to be picked in the first five rounds. The right-hander pitched nearly 7 innings of the 10-0 blowout against the Gunners, and was solid through the regular season.