High school baseball insider: Cary-Grove's Jack Wenninger is Athlete of the Week

Jack Wenninger
Jack Wenninger


Jack Wenninger, Cary-Grove, jr., P

Wenninger fired a two-hit shutout Saturday at Hampshire, striking out six and walking none in a 1-0 win.

The junior right-hander has allowed one run in his past two starts for the Trojans, who have allowed an area-low 41 runs.

Wenninger, nicknamed "Captain," was so efficient Saturday it took him only 85 pitches for the complete game.


1. Cary-Grove (17-5): The Trojans saw their nine-game winning streak stopped by Hampshire on Monday, 2-1, but have been the toughest team to score on in the area.

2. Huntley (21-6): The Red Raiders have won 11 of their past 13 as they shoot for their third FVC title in a row. They have a one-half game lead on C-G after a loss to Prairie Ridge on Monday.

3. Prairie Ridge (20-7): The Wolves got a gem from junior Braeden Harrell in Monday’s 1-0 win over Huntley. They have the best run differential in the area at plus-133.

4. McHenry (15-6): The Warriors were the odd team out of the FVC rotation last week. They have won six of their past seven and are particularly difficult to deal with when Joe Kaminski or Jake Evans is on the mound.

5. Hampshire (14-9): The Whip-Purs split with Cary-Grove in their first two games, both low-scoring affairs. Ben Benoit was tough over 6 1/3 innings in Monday’s 2-1 win over the Trojans.


Tripling up: Jacobs completed a triple play in its second of three games Saturday, and did it in a less-conventional way than most.

The Golden Eagles were facing Prairie Ridge in the first inning, and the Wolves’ Dom Listi had reached third, with Jacob Reichert at second. Keegan Garis’ fly ball to center field was caught by Andrew Balkcom, who threw to third to get Listi, then third baseman Mauricio Grosso fired to second baseman Kyle Washington to nip Reichert.

Belo Bowl: Jacobs started Saturday with a 9-2 FVC win over Dundee-Crown, then lost a conference game to Prairie Ridge, 8-6. The Eagles then traveled to Trout Park in Elgin to play Palatine, which is coached by Paul Belo. Bryan Belo, Paul’s son, is Jacobs' junior shortstop.

It is the second time the father and son have faced one another in high school. Paul Belo coaches a Pro Player Hurricanes travel team on which Bryan and several other of the area’s top players compete in the summer.

Hampshire’s special event: The Whip-Purs will host McHenry at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at Elgin’s Trout Park in their sixth annual Strike Out Cancer Game. Sponsors for the event are Buffalo Wild Wings and Hoosier Bat Company.

The teams will draft 10 wooden bats each, all in different colors, to use in the game. Each color will represent a different kind of cancer. After the game, the bats will be auctioned off.

Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Jason Motte Foundation and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Any questions or anyone wishing to donate can contact Hampshire coach Frank Simoncelli at


Cary-Grove vs. McHenry: The series starts Wednesday in Cary, continues Friday at Petersen Park in McHenry, then back to C-G on Saturday. The Trojans play Jacobs at 10 a.m. Saturday, then host the Warriors in their second game that day.

Huntley vs. Hampshire: The series opens Thursday at The Yard in Hampshire, moves to Huntley on Saturday, then back to Hampshire on Monday.

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