Prep Roundup: Richmond-Burton's Kaska fans 15, beats Marengo
Mike Kaska's remarkable season keeps becoming more amazing every time he takes the mound.
On Thursday in Marengo, Richmond-Burton's Kaska pitched a two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts and two walks in the Rockets' 5-0 Big Northern Conference East Division victory against Marengo.
Kaska (5-0), who threw a no-hitter and struck out 17 Harvard batters in a 1-0 win April 17, has allowed six hits in five starts this season, Rockets coach Mike Giese said.
"He's just on this year," Giese said. "He's working ahead in counts and hitting his spots real well. He's making it easy for our defense."
Joe Dittmar and Kory Klicker each hit a two-run homer for R-B (11-6 overall, 7-2 BNC East).
Koty Kissack and Justin Velasquez each had a double for Marengo (6-7, 3-5).
Huntley 4, CL South 3: At Crystal Lake, Tommy Kiriakopoulos scored and drove in a run for Huntley (14-4-1, 8-2 FVC Valley) in an FVC Valley Division win. Casey Oliver scored for the Gators.
Cary-Grove 4, McHenry 1: At McHenry, Andrew Splitt doubled and drove in two runs for the Trojans in an FVC Valley Division win. Dylan Weston hit two doubles and drove in a run for the Warriors.
Marian Central 15, Wheaton Academy 1 (5 inn.): At Wheaton, the Hurricanes pounded out five home runs, with two by Kolton Rominski and single blasts by Cole Bokowy, Tanner Spoden and Mike Crook in an SCC win.
Alden-Hebron 3, Harvard 2: At Harvard, Cody Nelson (2-3) struck out nine and allowed six hits and one earned run in seven innings to earn the nonconference win for the Giants (8-9). Nelson also had a hit and scored two runs, and Andrew Tieman had an RBI for A-H.
Peyton Schneider took the loss for Harvard (5-8) despite striking out 13. He allowed two hits and two earned runs in going the distance.
Prairie Ridge 10, Woodstock North 0 (5 inn.): At Crystal Lake, Maddie Drain went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Hailey Baker struck out eight and allowed five hits in five innings to earn the win for the Wolves (12-5) in the FVC crossover. Claire Bowman, Kate Didier and Michelle O'Keefe also had two hits apiece for Prairie Ridge.
Madison Wirfs had a triple for the Thunder (1-13).
Grayslake North 4, Dundee-Crown 2: At Grayslake, Megan Emerson drove in a run for the Chargers in an FVC crossover loss.
Harvard 3, Woodstock 1: At Harvard, Makayla Stephans drove in two runs for the Hornets in a nonconference win. Samantha Baker tripled and drove in a run for the Blue Streaks.
Montini 11, Marian Central 2: At Rosemont, Jackie Chmiel homered for the Hurricanes in an SCC loss played at the Chicago Bandits' stadium. Also for Marian (12-9, 6-3 SCC), Mic Faunce doubled.
CL South 4, CL Central 3: At Crystal Lake, Chad Randolph won at No. 2 singles for the Gators (8-2) in an FVC crossover win. Josh Pudlo won at No. 1 singles for the Tigers.
McHenry 4, Dundee-Crown 3: At Carpentersville, Colin Condon won at No. 1 singles for the Warriors in an FVC Valley Division win. Thomas Emerson won at No. 2 singles for the Chargers.
Woodstock 5, Belvidere North 2: At Woodstock, Mason Sutter and Jack Fischbach won at No. 1 doubles for the Blue Streaks in a nonconference win.
Johnsburg 7, Woodstock North 0: At Woodstock, the Skyhawks' Niko Destephano defeated Jordan Plummer, 7-5, 6-3, in an FVC Valley win for Johnsburg
St. Francis 4, Marian Central 1: At Woodstock, Charles Shin won at No. 1 singles for the Hurricanes in a Suburban Christian Conference loss.
Johnsburg 6, Woodstock North 0: At Woodstock, Delaney Pruitt scored two goals for the Skyhawks (7-8, 4-1 FVC Fox) in an FVC Fox win. Shanen Laabs made 25 saves in goal for the Thunder (0-15, 0-3).
Richmond-Burton 6, Rockford Lutheran 2: At Rockford, Breanne Rutherford and Halley Havlicek each scored two goals for the Rockets (13-4) in a BNC crossover win.
IC Catholic 2, Marian Central 1 (2OT): At Elmhurst, Jacqueline Guilbeault scored a second-half goal for the Hurricanes to send the game to overtime, but IC scored with 32 seconds left in the second overtime.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Harvard Invitational: The host Hornets scored 140 points to win the five-team meet, led by double winners Christian Kramer (long jump, 800) and Jorge Pichardo (3,200, 1,600).
Christian Life was second with 100 points and Marian Central was third with 73. Jordan Niemeyer won the 400 for Marian.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Harvard Invitational: The host Hornets scored 178 points to win the five-team meet, led by wins from Nicole Melson (shot put), Javauneeka Jacobs (800), Morgan Logan (400), Jordan Peterson (1,600) and Sophie Stricker (200). Toni Calderaro won the high jump and 100 high hurdles to help Marian Central to second place with 126 points. Abigail Jones won the 3,200 for the Hurricanes.
• Tom Clegg, Rob Smith and Joe Stevenson contributed to this report.