Huntley and Jacobs remain in dead heat in FVC baseball
Huntley and Jacobs, who are vying for the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division baseball championship, played 14 1/2 innings in their respective games Tuesday and decided nothing.
Both Huntley and Jacobs, tied at 13-4 in FVC games with two remaining games, wound up tied in their Tuesday games, which were suspended for bad weather and will be completed on Thursday.
Huntley was tied with Crystal Lake South at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning at Huntley when thunder and lightning forced a delay. After a 45-minute delay, the teams were back on the field, ready for play when more lightning forced suspension of the game.
They will finish at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Huntley. Huntley also plays at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Dundee-Crown.
Jacobs and Dundee-Crown were tied at 2-2 after eight innings Tuesday in Carpentersville when lightning and darkness forced suspension. The resumption of that game will start at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at D-C.
Huntley and South were breezing through their game after the Red Raiders’ Brandon Altergott led off with a home run and Tommy Kiriakopoulos added a two-run homer in the first.
South managed to tie the score with a walk, a pair of hits and an error in the top of the sixth.
“This is kind of like a regional game because it means a lot for them,” said Gators coach Brian Bogda, whose team has been eliminated from the division race. “It’s a great atmosphere for us to prepare for the regional coming up next week.”
South pitchers Mike Avella and Jim Fischer had faced the minimum of batters, allowing one single, after Kiriakopoulos’ homer. Huntley starter Mason Martin threw 45 pitches through five innings and allowed one hit.
“He was outstanding and we played good defense behind him for five innings,” Huntley coach Andy Jakubowski said.
Nick Constantino relieved Mason and threw one pitch for a ground out to end the sixth. The thunder forced the suspension before Huntley came to bat.
“It’s exciting, it gives you a playoff atmosphere,” Jakubowski said of this week. “Guys are in a little bit of a grind right now and it gives them something to play for. There’s a lot of positives that go into this and it helps you get prepared for regional and sectional.”
Jacobs was trailing D-C, 2-1, in the sixth when Matt Kozlak homered to tie the score. Reliever Ryan George worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh with a ground ball and a strikeout.
D-C’s Riley Alvarado was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ahren Ludwig allowed three hits through eight innings with nine strikeouts.