Baseball

High school sports roundup for Thursday, May 23

Prairie Ridge's Jared Arkell (left) and doubles partner Max Kueller went 2-1 Thursday to advance to the second day of the Class 1A state tournament.
Prairie Ridge's Jared Arkell (left) and doubles partner Max Kueller went 2-1 Thursday to advance to the second day of the Class 1A state tournament.

Three local singles players and a pair of doubles teams still are alive in the boys tennis state tournament, which is hosted by Hersey and played at various sites throughout the northwest suburbs after the first day Thursday.

In Class 1A, Prairie Ridge's Jared Arkell and Max Kueller won their first two doubles matches before falling, 6-3, 6-0, to Wheaton Academy's Owen Setran and Devin Greeno. Arkell and Kueller won their first two matches by scores of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4, 6-3.

The Prairie Ridge doubles team of Hunter Fredrick and Sam Kim and Marian Central's Andrew Lydon and Max Striedl were eliminated after going 0-2.

Marian's Mike Dowling went 2-1 and advanced to Friday after defeating Lakes' Andrew Butler, 6-4, 6-4, in their second-round consolation match. Dowling won his first match Thursday, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8), over Cornerstone Christian's Seth Jorgensen.

Crystal Lake South's Jackson Schuetzle also advanced in singles with a 2-1 day. Schuetzle beat Marian Catholic's Ian Tongco, 6-1, 6-0, in his first match. He later won his second-round consolation match, 6-0, 6-3, over Fenwick's Pierce Butler.

South's Alex Freeman and Dan Minogue finished 1-2 in doubles play.

In Class 2A, Cary-Grove's Daniel Sowa and Thomas Coneen dropped their first doubles match, but the pair rallied with back-to-back wins in consolation play.

Sowa and Coneen defeated Homewood-Flossmoor's Myles Prado and Noah Roberts, 6-3, 6-3, and then bested Hinsdale South's Dhruv Vaze & Aaron John, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Jacobs' Thomas Nelson also advanced after going 2-1. Nelson won his opener over Lincoln-Way East's Parker Watson, 6-1, 6-0, and later topped Normal's Maxim Pavlovic, 6-4, 6-2, in a second-round consolation match.

Jacobs' Kyle Burton and Crystal Lake Central's John Wallace each finished 1-2 in singles play. Central's Nathan Kopp and Kolbe Wallin, and Hampshire's Blake Snider and John McCann also went 1-2 in doubles play. Central's Jared Otlewis and Luke Reupert finished 0-2.

SOFTBALL

Marian Central 7, Richmond-Burton 6: At the Class 3A St. Viator Regional in Arlington Heights, the No. 10 Hurricanes opened up a 7-1 lead after four innings and held off No. 2 R-B to win the regional title.

Maggie Finnegan, Jenna Golembiewski, Faith Parchutz and Ellen Sharp connected on home runs for Marian. Golembiewski was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, Finnigan and Parchutz each had two hits, and Emma Samonek had two hits and scored twice.

Peyton Bannon hit a solo homer for the Rockets (18-4-1), who took advantage of five Marian errors to push across five runs in the fifth inning.

The Hurricanes (18-16) will play the winner of Prairie Ridge and Grayslake Central at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 3A Grayslake Central Sectional semifinals.

Crystal Lake South 11, Burlington Central 1 (6 inn.): At the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional, the top-seeded Gators scored eight runs in the first two innings against No. 3 Burlington en route to winning the regional title.

Baylee Kassel blasted a two-run home run and finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. Alexis Pupillo and Maddie Bush each had two hits and two RBIs, Evelyn Smith drove in two runs, and Brooke Kuffel and Emily Sulikowski each had two hits and scored twice.

Christina Toniolo was charged with one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts.

The Gators (31-2) will play Sycamore or Rock Falls in a Class 3A Genoa-Kingston Sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

McHenry 2, Cary-Grove 0: At the Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional, Tori Boysen and Madison McDaniel each hit a solo home run to help the third-seeded Warriors secure a spot in Saturday's championship game with a win over No. 5 Cary-Grove.

Julia Druml pitched all seven innings for McHenry (21-12), striking out six and scattering five hits for the win.

Kelly Johnson had two hits and stole a base for the Trojans (17-12).

McHenry will face No. 7 Grant for the regional title at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Hononegah 5, Hampshire 2: At the Class 4A Belvidere North Regional, the No. 4-seeded Whip-Purs fell to top-seeded Hononegah in the regional final.

Sarah Bowen and Shai-Ann Currie each hit a solo homer for the Whips (15-19). Morgan Haefling went 2 for 3 with a double.

Katie Del Re gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits with three strikeouts. Hampshire committed five errors.

BASEBALL

Hampshire 5, Harlem 4 (9 inn.): At the Class 4A Harlem Regional in Machesney Park, the No. 3 Whip-Purs defeated No. 5 Harlem in their regional semifinal on John Brady Young's steal of home.

Young led off the ninth with a base hit and then moved to third after Thomas Ugalde tried to bunt Young over and reached base on an error.

Matt Jachec hit a two-run homer for Hampshire (18-14), Nicholas Sladek went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Young knocked in a run.

Hampshire takes on No. 2 Hononegah for the regional title at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

McHenry 6, Dundee-Crown 1: At the Class 4A Dundee-Crown Regional, the No. 4-seeded Warriors topped No.8 Dundee-Crown for a regional semifinal win.

McHenry (23-13) faces No. 1 Barrington for the regional title at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dundee-Crown finished its season 6-28.

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