Athlete of the Week
Giesey helped the Hurricanes go 3-0 at the Rockford East Invite on Saturday to win their pool with an impressive performance both on the mound and in the batter’s box. Giesey went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, two runs and an RBI in the first game against Rockford Jefferson. In Game 2, Giesey pitched seven innings, holding Hampshire to three runs to earn the win and followed that performance with a 1 for 2 effort with two RBIs and three runs in Game 3 against Durand.
McHenry looking to get on track: McHenry’s early portion of the schedule hasn’t gone exactly as the Warriors would have preferred.
The Warriors are coming off a tough weekend having lost to Barrington and Schaumburg. The loss to Schaumburg was especially disappointing to McHenry coach John DiFrancesca because the Warriors were leading 10-3 in the fifth inning and ended up losing 20-11. Getting outscored 17-1 in the final two innings wasn’t the way DiFrancesca was hoping his team would wrap up the nonconference schedule.
It gives McHenry a reality check heading into the start of Fox Valley Conference divisional play beginning this week. DiFrancesca said he planned to have a “chalk talk” with his team on Monday.
“I’m hoping the team takes care of the team,” DiFrancesca said. “We will lean heavily on that.”
FVC play begins this week: While the Big Northern Conference has already started playing divisional games, the FVC Fox and Valley Divisions begin this week.
Hampshire is off to a good start with a 5-2 overall record to open the season, and the Whip-Purs are shaping up to be contenders in the FVC Fox. In the FVC Valley, Jacobs owns a 3-1 mark while Prairie Ridge is 2-1 overall.
Although Richmond-Burton didn’t get in any nonconference games before the BNC East Division part of the schedule began, the Rockets sit atop the division at 2-0.
Offensive outbursts: Despite chilly temperatures and teams still trying to get into a groove at the plate, area teams have still managed to score plenty of runs.
A total of nine area teams have scored 10 or more runs in a game during the past week, including Marian Central, Woodstock and Huntley. Twice Hampshire scored 19 runs in wins against Rockford Jefferson and Durand while Richmond-Burton and Harvard have each also reached double digits twice.
This week’s top games
Cary-Grove at Jacobs
4:30 p.m. Thursday
In a rematch of last year’s regional upset, when Jacobs knocked off top-seeded C-G, these two teams meet in what should be a great game. The Trojans will have their hands full trying to shut down dangerous Golden Eagles hitters Alyssa Lach and Sarah Murray.
McHenry at Prairie Ridge
4:30 p.m. Thursday
Two of the top contenders in the FVC Valley meet featuring a showdown of experienced talent on both the Warriors and the Wolves, who are looking to successfully defend their division title.
Crystal Lake Central at Huntley
4:30 p.m. Friday
The Tigers will be tested in a FVC crossover game on the road. They will have to battle against one of the area’s best pitchers, Haley Spannraft.