Athlete of the Week
Ridout continued making major contributions for the Skyhawks on the mound and at the plate, helping them go 4-1 last week.
Ridout was 7 for 16 for the week, with three home runs and 10 RBIs, and also picked up two pitching victories to put him at 9-0.
The shortstop-pitcher was 2 for 4 Monday in a 9-4 win against Genoa-Kingston, driving in five runs with a double and a homer.
On Wednesday, he ripped a pair of homers and drove in three runs as Johnsburg edged Richmond-Burton, 5-4.
Against Hampshire on Thursday, Ridout allowed three hits and one earned run in five innings for a 6-5 Johnsburg win.
Ridout was 1 for 3 in both games against Crystal Lake Central, driving in one run Friday and two Saturday.
Tieman brothers: Brothers Andrew and Jon Tieman have played important roles for their teams this season, although they rarely get to see each other play. Andrew, a senior at Faith Lutheran, plays for Alden-Hebron’s co-op team, while Jon is a sophomore for Prairie Ridge.
Andrew played basketball for the Saints this winter and pitches and plays infield for the Giants, who are the No. 2 seed this week in the Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional. The Giants play Christian Liberty Academy at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Jon started the season with the Wolves’ sophomores but was called up to the varsity at midseason after injuries to pitcher Ethan Routzahn and third baseman Cal Aldridge. Jon Tieman has pitched some big games for the Wolves and got the win in Friday’s 1-0, 16-inning triumph at McHenry.
The Tiemans’ father, Larry, is a pastor at Immanuel Lutheran in Crystal Lake.
Who’s hot? Prairie Ridge came back Saturday morning after Friday’s marathon victory at McHenry and defeated the Warriors, 9-7, for its eighth win in its past nine Fox Valley Conference Valley Division games.
Heading into the week, the Wolves needed a lot of help to grab any part of the Valley title, but their play over the past three weeks could make them a tough team to see in the postseason.
Crystal Lake South will not be sharing the FVC Valley championship for the first time in three years, but the Gators won all five of their games last week and also could be a tough postseason opponent. South is the No. 4 seed in its own Class 4A regional and meets No. 5 Crystal Lake Central in a play-in game, with the winner moving on to meet No. 1 Barrington in the semifinals.
Regional talk: Richmond-Burton picked up the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A Harvard Regional, which has five local teams.
Huntley is the No. 1 seed at DeKalb, where Dundee-Crown is No. 2. Grant picked up the top seed at the Class 4A Grayslake North Regional, with McHenry and Prairie Ridge in the next two spots.
This week’s top games
Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional
6:30 p.m. Wednesday
No. 2 Alden-Hebron vs. No. 3 Christian Liberty Academy.
Huntley vs. Crystal Lake South and Dundee-Crown
The Red Raiders host South on Tuesday and play at Dundee-Crown on Wednesday, both 4:30 p.m. FVC Valley games.
Jacobs vs. Dundee-Crown and Cary-Grove
The Golden Eagles play at Dundee-Crown on Tuesday and host Cary-Grove on Wednesday, both 4:30 p.m.. FVC Valley games.
– Joe Stevenson