Huntley offense explodes
The prolific Huntley offense was up to its old tricks again Wednesday.
One day after they were shut out for the first time this season by Jacobs pitcher Evan Blunk in a 1-0 loss, the Red Raiders exploded for 19 hits in a 19-10 nonconference victory at Lake Zurich, marking the sixth game this season Huntley (18-3) has scored 16 runs or more.
Senior Kameron Sallee — who committed to Beloit College Wednesday to play football and baseball — went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Other offensive leaders included Matt Sullivan (4-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Tommy Kiriakopoulos (3-for-4, 3 RBI), Bryce Only (2-for-3, 3 runs), Tyler Albright (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 3 runs) and Tyler Mindak (2-for-4, 2 RBI).
Relief pitcher Mason Martin (1-0) earned the win. He allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings.
Jacobs 3, McHenry 2: Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Golden Eagles loaded the bases on singles by Connor Conzelman, Aaron Meciej and Jon Berndt and capitalized on 2 consecutive McHenry errors to notch a walk-off win in Fox Valley (Valley) play in Algonquin. The rally made a winner of Ryan Sargent (4-1), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief of starter Reilly Peltier (6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K). Conzelman and Meciej each had 2 hits for Jacobs (16-6, 8-4). Starting pitcher Andrew Reisinger took the loss for McHenry (15-9, 9-4).
Neuqua Valley 5, South Elgin 1: Joe Crivolio (double), David Palmer and Alex Wolfe managed the only 3 hits for South Elgin (10-9, 9-6) in this Upstate Eight Valley defeat. Palmer took the loss on the mound, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits, striking out 6 without issuing a walk. His record slipped to 2-3 despite an ERA of 1.69.
Batavia 6, Elgin 5: Host Elgin rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run on third base when a popup ended the game. Ethan Henke and Alex Buttell each went 2-for-4, Kiko Mari doubled in 2 runs and Tanner Bednar doubled for Elgin (6-14, 5-12). Junior Ryan Sitter (2-3) went the distance in a losing effort, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4. Luke Horton was the winning pitcher for Batavia (17-4, 11-4).
Geneva 10, Larkin 4: Dan Lenz (2-for-3, 2 RBI) doubled and Niko Morado drove in a run, but the Royals were outhit 11-7 in this Upstate Eight River road loss. Sophomore pitcher Will King allowed 8 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits in 4 innings to take the loss for Larkin (6-13, 3-12). Geneva starter Max Novak pitched a 7-hitter, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 5 for the Vikings (12-10, 9-8).
Waubonsie Valley 13, Bartlett 2: The Hawks lost in five innings by the 10-run rule for the second time in three days against an Upstate Eight Valley contender. Jake Barrutia managed 2 of the 3 hits for Bartlett (12-6, 11-6). Ben Havel's 2-run home run was the third. Losing pitcher Matt Lathan (1-1) was touched for 5 earned runs in the first inning.
St. Edward 21, Northridge Prep 0: The Green Wave scored 10 first-inning runs and amassed 20 hits in this easy nonconference win at Wing Park. Six players finished with at least 2 hits, led by Jack Tierney (3-for-3, 2 RBI) and Tighe Koehring (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI). Tierney (2-2) pitched a 1-hit shutout. He issued a lone walk and struck out 7.
Westminster Christian 7, Christian Liberty Academy 5: Sophomore Frank Anquilo (3-for-4) doubled, tripled and drove in 2 runs to pace the Warriors in a Northeast Athletic Conference road win. Chase Woods doubled and drove in a run for Westminster Christian (7-6, 7-2). Sophomore winning pitcher Brendan Ruffolo (1-0) allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks and struck out 4. Andrew Ryan earned the save with 2 perfect innings in relief.
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