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Inside Baseball: McHenry's Mike Borst Athlete of Week

Mike Borst
Mike Borst

Athlete of the Week

Mike Borst

McHenry, jr.

The left fielder had 10 hits in the Warriors’ four wins for the week as they went 4-1, with three Fox Valley Conference victories.

Borst singled and stole second in the ninth inning Saturday, then scored on an error as the Warriors edged Dundee-Crown, 3-2, in nine innings. He was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in that game.

Borst also was 2 for 5 with two doubles as McHenry beat D-C, 9-8, on Friday in nine innings.

On Thursday, Borst was 3 for 3 with an RBI and runs scored in the Warriors’ 4-2 win against Carmel. He also was 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI in Tuesday’s 11-1 victory over Woodstock North.


Warriors are clutch:
McHenry has shown a penchant for coming up with necessary plays – whether it’s pitching, defense or offense – to get out of close games. The Warriors (14-3 overall, 7-1 FVC Valley) are 6-1 in one-run games.

“They all have that never-give-up attitude,” McHenry coach Brian Rockweiler said. “Our [athletic director, Barry Burmeister] may have said it best the other night when he said, ‘These kids just hate to lose.’ In practice, they compete against each other and they go hard against each other until it’s over.”

Rockweiler said left Borst and first baseman Dylan Weston have proved themselves as good pressure hitters.

“Anytime we seem to need a two-out hit to start something, one of those guys seems to be there,” Rockweiler said. “We’ve used a lot of guys this season, we’ve had so many contributing in some way. It’s been kind of fun.”

FVC Valley look: Jacobs leads the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division with a 9-1 mark, with McHenry (7-1), Dundee-Crown (7-2) and Huntley (7-2) close behind. The sweep of Huntley was big for Jacobs last week.

D-C ssems to have taken up where it left off last season. The Chargers were last in the Valley, but advanced to the Huntley Sectional championship.

Busting out: Harvard (5-7) suffered through a four-game skid recently, the first two of which were no-hitters, but the Hornets bounced back for 24 hits in their past three games.

Harvard lost to Burlington Central and Richmond-Burton, the Big Northern Conference East Division’s best two teams, then defeated Winnebago, 6-1, Saturday with 10 hits.

This week’s top games

Crystal Lake South vs. Huntley

4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

The FVC Valley co-champions from last season meet Tuesday at Huntley and Thursday at South. Huntley is chasing division-leading Jacobs by 1 1/2 games.

Johnsburg vs. Hampshire

4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Johnsburg is one-half game behind division-leading Grayslake Central and is trying to keep pace with the Rams. Tuesday's game is at Hampshire, and Wednesday's game is at Johnsburg.

Richmond-Burton vs. Marengo

4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

R-B is tied with Burlington Central atop the BNC East standings, while Marengo is 2 1/2 games back. They play Tuesday at Marengo and Thursday at R-B.

Joe Stevenson

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