Athlete of the Week
The Red Raiders former closer, who was converted to a starter, came up big twice in a crucial week in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division race.
Kalish, who throws submarine style, won games against two other contenders in the FVC Valley, McHenry and Cary-Grove, to move to 4-0 for the season.
On Tuesday, Kalish allowed two hits and one earned run, while striking out six and walking one in a 12-5 victory over McHenry.
Kalish came back on Saturday, after Huntley had dropped division games to McHenry and C-G, and fired a three-hitter at C-G for a 5-3 victory. He struck out six, allowed three hits and two walks and retired 14 consecutive batters at one point in that game.
The victory put Huntley in a three-way tie for first with C-G and Jacobs.
Covers to SIU: Prairie Ridge senior Austin Covers, who plays outfield, first base and pitches, accepted a scholarship offer last week and will play baseball next season at NCAA Division I Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Tom Barnard, who coaches Covers’ summer team Athletic Barn out of Wheeling, helped get SIU in contact with Covers.
“I committed last Wednesday. I went down there two weekends ago and liked everything about it,” Covers said. “I liked the coaching staff and thought it was a great fit.”
Covers, who hits and throws left-handed, said the Salukis want him to play in the field and also to pitch.
Danny Pecoraro leaves Wolves: Prairie Ridge senior shortstop Danny Pecoraro is no longer with the team, according to Glen Pecoraro, Danny’s father and Prairie Ridge’s coach.
Glen Pecoraro said the decision was not made by his son.
“It’s a very difficult situation,” Glen Pecoraro said. “He made some bad decisions. He needs to make some batter choices.”
Danny Pecoraro was a second-year starter at shortstop and usually hit second in Prairie Ridge’s order.
Lahrman recovering: McHenry right fielder Nick Lahrman hopes to be back in another week after having surgery to repair broken bones in his face after he was hit by a pitch on May 3 at Mundelein.
Lahrman was hit close to his left eye and had a black eye last week. He had surgery Friday and planned on returning a week after surgery.
Big streak: Cary-Grove was 3-3 at one point in the FVC Valley race, but the Trojans won eight consecutive games before falling to Huntley, 5-3, on Saturday and put themselves right in the division race.
“We pitched well, that was the key because we still haven’t hit quite as well as we needed to and we can,” C-G coach Don Sutherland said. “We have a lot of inexperienced kids [on offense]. Our juniors were really good last year [28-2 as sophomores]. I felt like we would be good and hope to come around hitting-wise.”
This Week’s Top Games
Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs
Thursday and Friday
• Jacobs is tied with Cary-Grove and Huntley atop the FVC Valley Division. D-C (8-6) is a couple games back, but could play the spoiler against its District 300 rival. Thursday’s game is at 7 p.m. at Trout Park in Elgin, Friday’s is 4:30 p.m. at D-C.
Cary-Grove vs. Crystal Lake South
Friday and Saturday
• C-G is in a three-way tie for the FVC Valley lead with Huntley and Jacobs and needs every win it can get. The teams play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at South, then at 10 a.m. Saturday at C-G.