CARY – Cary-Grove coach Ryan Passaglia offered a prediction to assistant Eric Chandler before Tuesday’s Fox Valley Conference game against Huntley.
With the ground on C-G’s field a little hard and the wind blowing out, Passaglia told Chandler the game likely would be high scoring.
What Passaglia did not foresee was that all the runs would be scored by his team.
The Trojans rode Jack Wenninger’s best start of the year, some solid hitting and poor Huntley fielding to a 15-0, five-inning victory to take their first FVC series of the season.
“This game is funny sometimes. You don’t know how it’s going to play out,” Passaglia said. “I was happy we were able to do some things which we haven’t been real consistent with all year. We took advantage of some mistakes, and we squared the baseball up.”
C-G (8-3, 2-1 FVC) got a boost right away when Wenninger, a junior right-hander, struck out the side in the first.
“It got me really pumped up for the rest of the game,” Wenninger said. “I felt like it got our team a lot of momentum. I was able to mix up my offspeed pitches with fastballs, and it got them to chasing a lot of breaking balls in the dirt.”
Wenninger struck out five and allowed only one hit, Evan Tocmo’s fourth-inning single. Only four balls Huntley hit left the infield.
“Jack pitched great,” Passaglia said. “He was mixing his pitches. He was hitting spots and locating the ball down. When he needed to, he could go up in the zone and get some swings and misses.”
C-G center fielder Dymitri Kanellakis continued his hot hitting with a pair of doubles and five RBIs. He ripped a three-run double in the second that really got the Trojans going.
“We had our bats rolling,” Kanellakis said. “I was sitting fastball, and [Huntley’s Eli Paplanus] gave it to me where I wanted, and I put the barrel to the ball. I have to stay hot. Our bats broke out and we made use of their mistakes.”
Huntley (10-4, 4-2) committed seven errors, leading to four unearned runs. C-G led, 7-0, heading into the fourth when it ripped five hits, had six consecutive players pick up RBIs and scored eight runs.
“We’ve actually played better defensively as of late,” Red Raiders coach Andy Jakubowski said. “Today was one of those days where we couldn’t catch a cold. Cary took it to us today. We didn’t really come to play. We have to use this as a learning experience that we can’t just show up and expect to win, we have to earn it. Cary taught us that lesson today.”
C-G’s Ben Taczy had a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. The Trojans were shut out by the Raiders’ Hunter Rumachik on Monday, 4-0.
“This shows we’re a true contender (in the FVC),” Kanellakis said. “We’re going to continue to work hard and get better on the little things we need to improve on.”
STAR OF THE GAME
Jack Wenninger, Cary-Grove, jr., P
Wenninger struck out five, allowed one hit and threw 71 pitches. He started by striking out the side in the first inning.
7: Huntley’s errors for the game
AND ANOTHER THING...
C-G coach Ryan Passaglia gave a lot of credit to leadoff man Dymitri Kanellakis for his offensive contributions. “Dymitri’s been our hottest hitter,” Passaglia said. “He brings a lot of speed and energy to the team. I can’t say enough about the roll he’s on right now.” Kanellakis doubled twice and drove in five runs Tuesday.
Cary-Grove 15, Huntley 0 (5 inn.)
Huntley 000 00 – 0 1 7
Cary-Grove 142 8x – 15 8 0
WP: Jack Wenninger, 2-0 (5IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 5K). LP: Eli Paplanus, 3-3 (3H, 7R, 4 ER, 0BB, 1K).
Top hitters–Cary-Grove: Dymitri Kanellakis 2-4 (2 2Bs, 5RBIs, 3R), Quinn Priester 1-3 (RBI, 2R), Jacob Duncan 1-2 (2B, 2R), Ben Taczy 1-1 (2RBIs), Jack Thompson 1-2 (RBI, R).