ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Teagan O'Rilley, Huntley, jr., 3B
O'Rilley was 12 for 17 in six games last week to raise her batting average from .393 to .471. The junior launched five home runs, drove in eight runs and scored nine to help lead Huntley to a perfect 6-0 week.
O'Rilley, who is committed to NCAA Division I Wisconsin-Green Bay, had a pair of two-homer games and drew four walks and scored three runs against Bishop McNamara as the Red Raiders went 3-0 went over the weekend to win the Marengo Tournament.
O'Rilley leads Huntley with nine homers and 30 runs scored.
NORTHWEST HERALD POWER RANKINGS
(Records through Wednesday)
1. Crystal Lake South (23-1): The Gators beat Prairie Ridge, 10-4, and Crystal Lake Central, 20-2, to stay ahead of Huntley by 2 1/2 games in the Fox Valley Conference. South has a run differential of plus-214 and is averaging more than 12 runs a game.
2. Huntley (22-7): The Raiders have won six straight and nine of 10 overall, outscoring their opponents, 82-16, over that span. Huntley reached 20 wins for the seventh straight season.
3. Richmond-Burton (12-2-1): The Rockets beat Burlington Central, 19-4, to jump into first place in the Kishwaukee River Conference, then beat Harvard, 13-0, improving to 6-1 in the conference. Jesse Klicker had seven RBIs in the two victories.
4. Marengo (16-12): The Indians have won six of their past seven, with the only loss coming against Huntley, 3-0, at the Marengo Tournament. Marengo trails Richmond-Burton by a half game in the KRC at 6-2.
5. McHenry (13-10): The Warriors have won six straight and climbed to fourth in the FVC. Kate Funk was 10 for 19 with three homers and 11 RBIs in five games last week. Jocelyn Currie was 10 for 20 with five doubles and 10 RBIs.
Postseason seeds and pairings announced: Crystal Lake South, competing in Class 3A after playing in 4A since 2008, earned the top seed in the Genoa-Kingston Sectional. Kaneland (23-6), last year's state runner-up, is a No. 2 seed. South is looking to win its first regional since 2008. The Gators are in the same regional with No. 3 Burlington Central, which is set to join the FVC next year.
Richmond-Burton, winner of two straight 3A regionals, earned the No. 2 seed in the Wauconda Sectional. Antioch (21-4), which has won six consecutive regionals, took the No. 1 seed. Other local teams in the 20-team Wauconda Sectional include Marengo (No. 4), winner of 12 straight regionals, Woodstock North (No. 5), Harvard (No. 7), Johnsburg (No. 9), Marian Central (No. 10), Prairie Ridge (No. 11) and Woodstock (No. 13).
In Class 4A, Huntley, winner of four consecutive regionals, is a second seed at the Hampshire Sectional and in the same subsectional with host Hampshire, a No. 4 seed. Jacobs is the No. 2 seed in the other subsectional, which includes McHenry (No. 3), Crystal Lake Central (No. 4), Cary-Grove (No. 5) and Dundee-Crown (No. 8).
McHenry has won six regionals in seven years.
In Class 1A, third-seeded Alden-Hebron is set to play fifth-seeded Hiawatha in a Pecatonica Regional semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner advances to Friday's final against second-seeded South Beloit or eighth-seeded Pecatonica.
A-H is looking for its first regional championship in program history.
Let's play two: Crystal Lake South is in a stretch of six conference games in six days as the Gators inch closer to the FVC championship. South plays a road doubleheader Saturday when it travels to Dundee-Crown at 9 a.m. then to Hampshire at 11:30 a.m.
It is possible that South can clinch a share of the conference title and win it outright in the same day. The Gators end their conference season Tuesday at Huntley, the three-time defending FVC champion.
Strikeout milestones: With 10 strikeouts against Hononegah on Saturday, Woodstock North senior pitcher Ellie Thurow surpassed 800 strikeouts in her four-year varsity career. North's all-time leader in wins (career and single-season), strikeouts (career and single-season) and ERA (single-season) now has 819 strikeouts, including 189 in 112 2/3 innings this season.
After punching out 109 batters in mostly relief as a freshman, Huntley sophomore Briana Bower recently went over 300 career strikeouts. She leads all area pitchers this season with 236 strikeouts in 138 innings.
WHAT TO WATCH
Jacobs at Crystal Lake South, 4:30 p.m. Friday: The Gators' only loss of the season so far came against Jacobs, 6-2, on April 25.
Woodstock North at Richmond-Burton, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: With only two losses in conference through Wednesday's games, North can't be counted out of the KRC race.
Crystal Lake South at Huntley, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: The top two teams in the Northwest Herald Power Rankings meet for the second time this year. South beat Huntley, 4-3, on April 16, scoring all four of its runs in the sixth as part of a comeback win.