JOHNSBURG – In the game of baseball, you can’t give a team extra outs and expect to win. Just ask Johnsburg. Huntley took advantage of six Skyhawks errors en route to an 8-1 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory at Tigers Field in Johnsburg on Thursday.
On the first pitch of the game, Brandon Altergott laced a double to left field and would score on an error to put Huntley (10-2-1, 5-0 FVC Valley) up 1-0 before most fans got comfortable in their seats. The Red Raiders would add another run in the first inning without getting another hit thanks to some aggressive base running to go up 2-0.
This would prove to be all of the offense Huntley starting pitcher Eric Luecht would need. Luecht (4-0) went six innings, giving up one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts.
“My fastball felt really good today and that was my best pitch,” Luecht said. “My changeup wasn’t good when I was warming up, but got a lot better when the game started. I hit my spots today and when I did make a mistake my defense really backed me up.”
Johnsburg (4-8,2-3 FVC Fox) closed the gap to 3-1 in the third inning when they were able to take advantage of a Huntley error. This would be the closest the Skyhawks would get. Huntley increased its lead to 5-1 in the fourth inning thanks to some timely hitting by the bottom of their order. Troy Cantu added an RBI double followed by an RBI single by Dillon DellAquila.
“The top part of our order got things off to a good start for us and the bottom of the order extended the lead,” Huntley coach Andy Jakubowski said. “Our offensive approach is starting to get a lot better, but we do still have some work to do. We are definitely moving in the right direction.”
Huntley was led by Altergott, DellAquila, and Mark Skonieczny with two hits each.
Johnsburg got a nice start from Mike Pritts (1-2), but too many errors and not enough clutch hitting cost the Skyhawks.
“You can’t commit six errors against a team like Huntley and expect to win,” said Johnsburg coach Sam Lesniak. “Your margin of error is so low against a team like that. You have to play great defense and give your pitcher run support. We didn’t do that today.”