Inside Softball: Crystal Lake South's Sam McLean Athlete of Week

Sam McLean
Sam McLean

Athlete of the Week


CL South, sr.

McLean hit three home runs and had nine RBIs in a win against Larkin. She also went 2 for 4 in the Gators’ Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win against first-place McHenry. The senior shortstop’s defensive performance in South’s win Friday at Cary-Grove was a game changer for the Gators.


Tough stretch for Chargers: Dundee-Crown is in the middle of a challenging stretch.

Because of weather issues earlier in the season, which forced games to be postponed, the Chargers are playing five games in five days this week – four of which are FVC Valley games. D-C coach Tracy Beatty was well aware that the loaded schedule was approaching and especially prepared her two pitchers, Lauren Girard and Amanda Moore, to be ready to alternate starting games this week.

“We’re kind of used to it,” Beatty said. “That’s kind of what the spring brings you. That’s the nature of the beast. We’ll just keep going at it like we can.”

Massie back in the circle: After leaving Monday’s game against Prairie Ridge early thanks to a batted ball going off her left knee in the third inning, Crystal Lake South pitcher Hailee Massie wasn’t sidelined long.

Although she tried staying in after getting hit, Massie eventually came out, though Gators coach Scott Busam expected her to be fine.

Massie shook it off quickly. The junior started Tuesday’s game against Dundee-Crown as South’s designated hitter but was called on in relief. Massie showed no signs of any lingering effects from the batted ball. Massie allowed one hit in three innings and struck out seven while walking one batter to help the Gators hold on for a wild 16-13 win against D-C. Massie also singled, walked and reached twice on an error.

Regional seeds released: The IHSA released the regional seeds Tuesday.

In Class 4A, at the Cary-Grove Regional, Barrington took the top seed, while C-G is No. 2 and Crystal Lake South is No. 3. Rounding out the regional, Jacobs got the fourth seed and Crystal Lake Central the fifth seed.

In the Class 4A McHenry Regional, McHenry was awarded the No. 1 seed, and Prairie Ridge earned the second seed. Huntley and Dundee-Crown are the second and fifth seeds, respectively, in the Class 4A Huntley Regional.

In Class 3A, Marengo was awarded the top seed in the Woodstock North Regional. Also in that regional, Marian Central will be the second seed and Richmond-Burton the third seed. Rounding out that regional are Woodstock (No. 4) and Woodstock North (No. 5).

At Burlington Central, Hampshire was given the fourth seed. Harvard was seeded fourth at the Belvidere Regional. Johnsburg is the 17th seed at the Ridgewood Sectional.

The regional brackets will be announced around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

This week’s top games

Woodstock North at Woodstock

7 p.m, Thursday

This crosstown rivalry has a showdown under the lights at Bates Park.

McHenry at Jacobs

4:30 p.m. Friday

With a road win against Jacobs, McHenry will clinch a share of the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title.

Hampshire at
Crystal Lake Central

4:30 p.m. Monday

The Whip-Purs look to stay undefeated in the FVC Fox and lock up the division title.

– Meghan Montemurro

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