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High school softball insider: Prairie Ridge's Emmie Farnam is Athlete of the Week

Emmie Farnam, Prairie Ridge
Emmie Farnam, Prairie Ridge

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Emmie Farnam, Prairie Ridge, sr., OF

Farnam went 10 for 16 in four games last week with four homers, a double, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. The Northwestern commit has nine home runs over her past eight games, including three games with two homers.

NORTHWEST HERALD POWER RANKINGS

1. Crystal Lake South (19-0): The Gators remain perfect through 19 games and already have matched last year's win total. South leads the Fox Valley Conference at 6-0 and is No. 2 in the latest Illinois Softball Coaches Association Class 3A poll.

2. Huntley (15-6): The Red Raiders ended a three-game losing streak with wins over Crystal Lake Central and Hampshire, improving to 5-2 in the FVC. Briana Bower returned from a foot injury Tuesday and held Hampshire to one hit in five innings with 12 strikeouts.

3. Jacobs (9-5): The Golden Eagles have won five of six and claimed the Larkin Slugfest title over the weekend, finishing 3-0. Jacobs is 3-2 in the FVC with wins against Huntley, McHenry and Cary-Grove.

4. Richmond-Burton (9-2-1): The Rockets beat Marengo, 11-0, and Harvard, 9-1, but suffered their first Kishwaukee River Conference loss Tuesday against Johnsburg, 4-3, in nine innings. R-B trails KRC leader Burlington Central by a game.

5. Marengo (11-10): The Indians got back over .500 Tuesday with a 4-3 victory over Woodstock North. Lauren Aubry provided walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to snap a six-game losing skid.

NOTEWORTHY

Hittin' Hornets: Harvard is 6-2 in its past eight games and already has more wins than a year ago, when the Hornets were 6-14 and 1-11 in the KRC. Harvard had six wins in 2017 and three wins the previous three seasons.

On Tuesday, the Hornets earned their first KRC win of the season, beating Woodstock, 6-2, on the strength of back-to-back homers by Kimmyra Neal and Michaela Froehlich.

Harvard scored 31 runs on 34 hits in a doubleheader sweep over Guilford on Saturday. Hannah Saucedo was 3 for 3 with three home runs in Game 1, driving in five runs, and Froehlich and Neal also went deep. In Game 2, Jennah Brookner went 3 for 3 with two homers, including a grand slam, four runs scored and eight RBIs.

Getting in a groove: Marengo coach Dwain Nance credited sophomore pitcher Brooke Behrens with keeping the Indians in their conference game against Woodstock North and Ellie Thurow, last year's KRC Player of the Year.

Behrens pitched all seven innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits, improving her record to 8-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings. Behrens has started 13 of Marengo's 21 games.

"I didn't start off the season with my best stuff, but it's been getting better and better every game," said Behrens, who has started four of five conference games. "And now I think it's really showing because I'm pitching in a lot more games."

WHAT TO WATCH

McHenry at Jacobs, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Golden Eagles are one of three teams with a winning FVC record. Jacobs has won five of its past six games overall.

Burlington Central at Richmond-Burton, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: R-B looks to hand Burlington its first KRC loss.

Crystal Lake South at Huntley, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: The Gators beat Huntley, 4-3, in the teams' first FVC meeting April 16.

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