Athlete of the Week
The Blue Streaks' center fielder came up big in two games, although Woodstock came up a bit short each time last week.
Sumner doubled and tripled and scored one run as the Streaks lost to Cary-Grove, 4-3, in a Fox Valley Conference crossover game Tuesday. He also had two doubles and six RBIs in Woodstock’s 10-9 loss to Belvidere North on Thursday.
Finishing the job: Huntley coach Andy Jakubowski feels fortunate to have senior right-hander Adam Kalish to close games for the Red Raiders for a variety of reasons. Kalish is a submariner who embraces the closer’s role, which is pretty much his one job for the team.
“He’s got a closer’s mindset where he wants the ball in all pressure situations,” Jakubowski said. “He’s got ice through his veins. Because he comes from a different arm slot, and guys don’t see that very often, that’s to his advantage. And he’s around the plate and throws strikes and gets the ball around the batter’s hands. We think we have a pretty good defense and he has confidence in his defense.”
Kalish has been tough and very effective for the Raiders, who are 8-2-1. Jakubowski said Kalish may try walking on at NCAA Division I Central Michigan next year.
Up-and-comer: Woodstock coach John Oliveira liked what he saw from sophomore left-hander Justyn Eisenmenger last week in a 4-3 loss to Cary-Grove. Eisenmenger threw 2 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out six to keep the Streaks close after starter Austin Butts left with a sore shoulder.
“He came in in a situation where there are runners on second and third and shut them down,” Oliveira said. “They had the bases loaded after that and he shut them down. That’s a sophomore acting like a senior.”
Butts was examined by Woodstock’s trainer the next day and Oliveira said Butts’ injury was not serious.
Nose for the game: Prairie Ridge third baseman Cal Aldridge will miss a week after he has surgery on his nose Wednesday. Aldridge recently took a bad-hop grounder to his nose, making the second time in a year he has broken his nose.
Wolves coach Glen Pecoraro will have Aldridge available for Tuesday’s game with Crystal Lake Central, but then he will miss time.
“He might have to wear a plastic mask when he comes back,” Pecoraro said. “That kid is tough. He took one in the nose last summer with our [Prairie Ridge] 17U team and we were going to replace him. It took 15 minutes to stop the blood, but he went back in. The next kid hits a pea, right at him and he catches it and threw the guy out.”
This time, Aldridge’s injury occurred in pregame warmups. Aldridge is the son of Crystal Lake Central athletic director Jeff Aldridge.
Playing in pain: Cary-Grove shortstop-pitcher Dean Christakes suffered a broken bone in his right ring finger but is listed by Trojans coach Don Sutherland as day-to-day.
“He broke it sliding into second base against Barrington,” Sutherland said. “He played against Grayslake Central on Friday but wanted to rest it Saturday, Sunday and Monday.”
In which case, Christakes may not have been upset about C-G’s games Saturday and Monday being postponed because of bad weather.
Great timing: Give Katie Bogda, the wife of Crystal Lake South coach Brian Bogda, credit for beneficial use of an off day. She had the couple’s second child, son William Daniel (7 pounds, 13 ounces), on Sunday morning.
Brian Bogda was able to attend an indoor practice with the team Monday before heading back to visit at the hospital. He said Katie and William are doing well.
This week’s top games
Crystal Lake Central at Prairie Ridge
4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Both teams have struggled early in the season and need a win in this FVC crossover game.
Harvard vs. Richmond-Burton
4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
The Big Northern Conference East Division teams meet Tuesday at R-B and Thursday at Harvard. R-B is 3-0 in BNC East games. Harvard is 2-1.
Huntley at Johnsburg
4:30 p.m. Thursday
The Red Raiders have no FVC losses so far and will face the host Skyhawks in an FVC crossover.
– Joe Stevenson