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Larkin 0-2, Hoffman Estates 3-1: The Royals improved to 4-1 by splitting a well-pitched nonconference doubleheader. Larkin was shut out on 2 hits in the opener by Ethan Bloom, who struck out 8, walked 1 and doubled twice at the plate. Senior Brayden Royse (1-1) took the loss (2 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 7 K).

The Royals bounced back for a 2-1 win in nine innings. Royse drove in both runs, including the eventual game-winner on a suicide squeeze bunt. Senior Jack McCracken (2-0) pitched all 9 innings to earn the win. He allowed only 1 earned run on 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 10.

Rolling Meadows 7, Streamwood 6: A bases-loaded sacrifice fly brought in the walk-off run for the Mustangs to end this nonconference affair in the bottom of the ninth. Reliever Kevin Drwal took the loss despite holding Meadows to 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits in 4⅓ innings. Streamwood (2-3) outhit the Mustangs 13-10, led by leadoff man Eric Hamlin (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R), Kevin Sojda (3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI) and Chad Caminitti (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI).

Cary-Grove 4, South Elgin 3: The Trojans scored 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh to win this nonconference home game. Cary-Grove scored its first 2 runs of the inning with the help of 3 walks (1 intentional), an error, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. Rob Johnson then delivered the walk-off single for Cary-Grove (5-3). Michigan-bound senior Ryan Nutof of South Elgin started and struck out 7 of the 12 hitters he faced in 4 perfect innings, but the right-hander was relieved after reaching his pitch count of 50. Nick Franz earned the win for the Trojans. He held the Storm to 2 earned runs on 3 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 in 5 innings.

Bartlett 7, Maine West 4: The Hawks scored 2 runs in the first, second and third innings and three pitchers combined to limit Maine West to 3 earned runs on 4 hits. Myles Zilinsky earned the win. He allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 3 in 4 innings and Doug VanDyke earned the save with by retiring the side in order in the seventh. Jake Barrutia went 3-for-4 and seven players drove in runs for Bartlett (1-2).

Huntley 7, Hampshire 0: Catcher Mark Skonieczny went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI and Tommy Kiriakopolous went 2-for-4 and drove in 2 runs to lead the host Red Raiders won in a Fox Valley Conference crossover. Senior Eric Luecht pitched 6 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8 for Huntley (4-2-1). Michael Kruse, RJ Consigny and Dillon Kuhn had the only hits and Andrew Brown took the loss for Hampshire (2-2) after allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits in 5 innings.

Crystal Lake Central 6, Crystal Lake South 1: Central right-hander Fred Birr held the Gators to 1 unearned run on 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 1 in 5⅔ innings of this FVC crossover rivalry game. Ryan Wilkening allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits in 6 innings in the first loss of the season for CL South (3-1).

Dundee-Crown 8, Woodstock North 0: Ahren Ludwig (4 IP) and Dan Lenz (3 IP) each struck out 6 and allowed only 1 hit in a FVC crossover win for the Chargers. Tyler Lewan went 2-for-3 and was and was among six players who drove in a run for Dundee-Crown (3-4).

Jacobs 6, Grayslake Central 3: Leadoff man Ben Murray went 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI and scored twice, Danny Vandewalker doubled and drove in 2 runs and Jake Jemmi went 2-for-3 and scored a run in this FVC crossover win for Jacobs (6-2), which scored 4 runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Tim Hubner pitched 6 innings of 3-hit baseball, allowing 2 runs (0 earned) on 3 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3.

Aurora Christian 7, Westminster Christian 2: Luke Weston had a triple and an RBI and Brendan Ruffolo had and RBI for the Warriors (1-6) in this nonconference loss at Judson University. Clay DeHaan suffered the loss on the mound.

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