Ryan Sargent tossed a 5-hitter with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts, and Tim Hubner, Matt Kozlak and Brenden Heiss each drove in runs as the Jacobs baseball team defeated Cary-Grove 3-1 on Monday.
The victory kept Jacobs (20-11, 13-4), which has never won a title in the Fox Valley Conference, tied for first place in the Valley Division with Huntley with 2 games remaining. Jacobs plays at rival Dundee-Crown today and concludes the 2-game series with the Trojans on Wednesday.
The loss was the third straight for Cary-Grove (18-12, 11-7). Nick Franz took the loss for the Trojans despite holding the Golden Eagles to 3 earned runs on 6 hits. He walked 3 and struck out a pair.
Huntley 10, Dundee-Crown 0, 5 inn: Mark Skonieczny went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and Jake Ciskowski doubled and drove in 2 runs as Huntley (21-7-1, 13-4) kept pace with Jacobs to remain tied atop the FVC Valley. Eric Luecht limited the Chargers to 2 hits and 2 walks and struck out 9. Brett Johnson had both hits for Dundee-Crown (12-16, 8-9). Jared Ludwig took the loss.
South Elgin 12, East Aurora 1, 5 inn.: The Storm 14-hit attack was led by Nate Brummel (2-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Dane Toppel (3-for-4, double, 4 RBI) and Jared Kramer (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs) in this Upstate Eight Valley win. Max Keough limited the Tomcats to an unearned run on 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 8 in 5 innings for South Elgin (15-9, 13-8).
No. 4 Hinckley-Big Rock 17, No. 5 Elgin Academy 7: The Hilltoppers stormed to a 6-0 lead in the third inning of this Class 1A regional semifinal at Hinckley-Big Rock, but they issued 9 walks and committed 4 errors in a season-ending loss. Max Swienton took the loss for Elgin Academy (2-18).
McHenry 6, Crystal Lake South 5: Payton Lykins' sacrifice fly drove in Jack Glosson with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh of this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory for McHenry (18-10, 11-6). CL South starting pitcher Matt Schingel got a no-decision after allowing 5 unearned runs on 7 hits without a walk. He struck out 5. Reliever John Smerecky took the loss. Ryan Hetherington had the only multihit game for Crystal Lake South (14-12, 8-9).
Streamwood 8, Larkin 6: The Sabres salvaged the final game of this 3-game series by scoring 5 runs in the top of the fifth to overcome a 4-3 deficit. Zach Campbell went 2-for-4 with a double that tied the game 4-4, and he scored the go-ahead run when Collin Tatone reached on an error. Tatone pitched 5 innings to earn the win and Campbell picked up the save with 2 scoreless relief inning for Streamwood (7-23, 5-18). Tanner Gardon took the loss. Gardon and Rob Bond each had 2 hits for Larkin (13-17, 9-13).
Bartlett 4, Neuqua Valley 1: Tripp Paris held the Wildcats to 2 unearned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks and he struck out a pair in this Upstate Eight Valley tilt. Cal Fanselow pitched 1⅔ scoreless innings in relief to earn the save. Mike Wick went 2-for-4 with a double and scored twice and Cory Krolikowski went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and a run batted in for Bartlett (11-15, 9-12).
Rockford Christian 9, Burlington Central 6: The Rockets led 4-1 until Rockford Christian erupted for 4 runs in the fifth inning and 4 more in the sixth to salt away this Big Northern East win. The loss dropped Central (15-11, 8-3) into a tie in the loss column with Richmond Burton (15-9, 9-3) with only a makeup game against North Boone remaining. Starting pitcher Jacob Schutta took the loss for Central.
Prairie Ridge 10, Hampshire 3: The Wolves pounded five Hampshire pitchers for 14 hits in this FVC Fox contest held under the lights at Elgin's Trout Park. Michael Kruse and Colin Gogoel drove in runs, and Andrew Brown took the loss for Hampshire (12-16, 6-11).