Athlete of the Week
The Yale-bound senior pitcher threw two no-hitters, blanking Hampshire, 10-0, and Buffalo Grove, 1-0, three days later. Efflandt struck out seven and came within a walk of a perfect game. Against the Bison, she struck out 13 and allowed a walk before striking out 11 on Tuesday against McHenry when she ran her season record to 8-0.
Bringing it home: Besides winning, Marengo has a good reason to score runs at home this season. Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, is pledging $10 for every time the Indians cross the plate. The money will be donated to the M.O.R.E Center (Marengo area OutReach Enterprises) to assist needy individuals and families in the area. According to a news release, Advanced Disposal has already raised $110 in the first three home games of the season.
Advance Disposal’s general manager, Cris Manley, said in the release the group has previously worked with Marengo’s baseball and football teams and that extending the project to the Indians’ softball team is another way for both the school and Advance Disposal to assist members of the community.
Finding a groove: Finding a coach who hasn’t been thrilled with this spring’s winter-like weather certainly isn’t difficult. Yet, despite another wet and blustery day Monday, McHenry blistered Crystal Lake South for eight runs and 12 hits, handing the Gators their first loss of the season with an 8-1 victory in a game called early because of – you guessed, it rain.
As miserable as the playing conditions were, Warriors coach John DiFransesca was glad to see his team’s bats finally heat up. Getting a true idea of what he really has to work with has been made more difficult by the season’s inclement weather.
“We haven’t completely found ourselves,” said Lukas, whose team improved to 7-4 with the FVC Valley win. “We’re looking for that identity and we like the trends, but because of the weather , there has been no consistency – line-ups, pitching arms – everything.”
This Week’s Top Games
Jacobs at Crystal Lake South
Today, 4:30 p.m.
After starting the season with seven straight wins, South has hit a bit of a rough stretch this week when the Gators have played four games in four days. Jacobs seems to have its offense rolling after scoring 10 runs Tuesday against Huntley , making for a interesting Valley Division meeting today at South.
Crystal Lake Central at Johnsburg
Today, 4:30 p.m.
This Fox Division matchup involves two teams trying to get rolling in Division play. Megan Mahaffy is coming off a no-hitter for the Tigers while Johnsburg’s Kendall Huemann was impressive in a one-hitter in a 10-0 win over Hampshire.
– Jeff Arnold