Inside Baseball

Athlete of the Week

Mark Skonieczny

Huntley, jr.

Skonieczny ripped three home runs and drove in eight runs in Friday’s 16-10 victory over Prairie Ridge in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game.

The right fielder committed to Illinois in the winter and has hit No. 2 in a lineup that averages 10.7 runs a game.

Skoniezny also was 2 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI in the Red Raiders’ 7-3 victory over Niles Notre Dame.

According to the IHSA website, Skonieczny is tied for 13th on the list with many other players with three homers in a game. He does not, however, have Huntley’s school record. Dan Lipp is one of 12 players listed on the site with four homers in a game. Lipp hit his four for Huntley on March 29, 2004, against Wheeling. He drove in six runs in that game.


Pec’s milestone: Prairie Ridge coach Glen Pecoraro saw his team earn a split with Huntley in a 9-7 victory Saturday, which was most important to him at that moment. It also was Pecoraro’s 300th career victory.

Pecoraro coached the Wolves for the school’s first 13 seasons. Chuck Lowitzki coached for one season and Dave Haskins coached the Wolves in 2008 and 2009, taking them to the Class 4A state championship in 2008.

Pecoraro has been back as head coach since the 2010 season. He credits the milestone to having great assistant coaches and great players.

This week’s

top games

Crystal Lake South vs. Huntley

Tuesday and Thursday

Huntley and South are two of the four teams with one FVC Valley loss. The teams play today at Huntley and Thursday at South, both 4:30 p.m. starts.

Dundee-Crown vs. Prairie Ridge

Tuesday and Thursday

Prairie Ridge has two losses and is right behind C-G, South and Huntley. The Wolves play today at D-C and host the Chargers on Thursday, both 4:30 p.m. starts.

Cary-Grove vs. Jacobs

Friday and Saturday

Both teams have one FVC Valley loss heading into the week, and C-G at 6-1 is one-half game behind South. They play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at C-G and at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jacobs.

– Joe Stevenson

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