Huntley’s Kyle Maurer was back to antagonize Hampshire on Monday, firing a one-hitter and striking out 10 in the Red Raiders' 10-1 Fox Valley Conference baseball victory.
The win means Huntley (24-8, 18-6 FVC) clinches a share of the conference title, the Raiders’ fourth consecutive championship. Prairie Ridge (22-8, 15-6) must sweep Cary-Grove to grab a share of the title.
On Saturday, it was Maurer who delivered a crucial blow to Hampshire with a three-run homer in the fifth inning of Huntley's 6-5 win.
This time, after Andrew Krajecki's leadoff home run, Maurer silenced the Whip-Purs with his right arm. Maurer threw a complete game with 95 pitches.
Jackson Broom was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Hunter Rumachik was 2 for 4 with one RBI, while Maurer, Jason Peters and Dylan Janke each drove in a run.
Dundee-Crown 7, Crystal Lake Central 2: At Crystal Lake, the Chargers (5-24, 1-20) got 6 1/3 solid innings of pitching from Nick Gregory as they picked up their first FVC win and ended a 14-game skid.
Gregory struck out four and allowed six hits and one earned run. Nick Cuciarone was 3 for 3 and scored three runs, Jordan Lyter was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Justin Lawson was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Evan Echlin also knocked in a run.
Alec Bolanowski was 3 for 4 with a run scored for the Tigers (10-19, 5-16).
Cary-Grove 7, Jacobs 4: At Algonquin, Jacob Dodge doubled in three runs in the fourth inning as the Trojans (19-10, 13-8) ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Golden Eagles (14-18, 9-12).
Drew Stengren and Ryan Weaver each had two hits and two RBIs for C-G. Stengren’s seventh-inning double brought home two after Jacobs had cut the lead to 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Jacob Duncan struck out three in 1 2/3 innings for the save.
Daniel Klein had two RBIs for Jacobs.
Crystal Lake South 4, McHenry 3: At McHenry, the Gators (18-9, 12-9) ran their winning streak to seven by sweeping their FVC series with the Warriors (20-11, 13-7).
McHenry’s loss, along with Huntley’s win, eliminated the Warriors from winning or sharing the FVC title.
Ian Gorken threw two shutout innings for the victory. He also singled and scored on a double steal for the winning run in the top of the seventh.
Henry Tipson and Evan Jewson each drove in a run for the Gators.
Marengo 2, Woodstock 0: At Woodstock, Ryan Wilwers struck out nine batters over six innings as the Indians held off Woodstock (6-13, 4-8) in their Kishwaukee River Conference game. Marengo (14-12, 9-7) has won nine straight games.
Woodstock’s Evan Bridges was tough on the Indians with seven strikeouts and three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also had two of Woodstocks five hits.
Josh Streu was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Indians.
Antioch 10, Richmond-Burton 2: The Rockets (15-14) fell in their nonconference game to the Sequoits.
Richmond-Burton 10, Burlington Central 6: At Richmond, R-B (15-2-1, 9-1) belted three home runs against Burlington (15-8, 6-3) and clinched a share of the KRC title with two games remaining.
Peyton Bannon and Jesse Klicker each homered and drove in four runs. Carys De Lucia homered and knocked in the Rockets' other two runs.
Marengo 8, Harvard 7: At Marengo, Jenna Turner's two-out single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Mikayla Wzientek from second base and lifted the Indians (17-14, 7-3) to a KRC win over the Hornets (13-10, 2-8).
Marengo's Lauren Aubry went 3 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs. Turner, Wzientek and McKenna Skow each had two hits with an RBI and a run scored, Hannah Ritter was 2 for 4, and Grace Houghton had an RBI and scored twice.
For Harvard, Jennah Brookner went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Kimmyra Neal was 2 for 4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored, Michaela Froehlich had two hits and two RBIs, and Hannah Saucedo had two hits and drove in a run.
McHenry 3, Hampshire 2: At McHenry, Tori Boysen drove in Taylor Zoephel with one out in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Warriors (17-12, 8-6) to an FVC win.
Boysen, Lena Rodgers and Kyra Lard each had two hits. Alyssa Pearson struck out nine in seven innings. She allowed two runs on three hits.
Morgan Haefling and Sarah Bowen each scored runs for Hampshire (13-17, 4-10). Katie Del Re struck out nine and allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits.
Crystal Lake South 13, Wauconda 6: At Crystal Lake, Brooke Kuffel was 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs as the Gators (28-1) defeated the Bulldogs.
Evelyn Smith was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Maddie Bush was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Baylee Kassel was 3 for 5, giving South four hitters with three hits each.
Grayslake North 15, Crystal Lake Central 9: At Crystal Lake, the Tigers (9-15) grabbed an early lead but could not hold on as the Knights won a nonconference matchup.
Jess Cruz was 4 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBIs, while Baylee Snell was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Kenna Kessler, Bailey Wydra and Morgann Paaske all had two hits for the Tigers.
Jacobs wins three: The Golden Eagles edged Hersey, 3-2, and swept both Prospect and St. Charles East, 5-0, in nonconference action.
Kyle Burton won all three matches at No. 2 singles, while Thomas Nelson won twice at No. 1.
Ethan Schmidt and Brandon Dinh (No. 2 doubles) and Justin Brzeski and Ben Cannon (No. 3 singles) both went 3-0 for the day. Kevin Burton and John Kaiser were 2-1 at No. 1 doubles.
Crystal Lake South 4, Larkin 0: The Gators (15-4) swept the Royals in their nonconference dual without dropping a set.
Ethen Schock (No. 1) and Adam Russell (No. 2) won at singles for South. Alex Freeman and Dan Minogue (No. 1) and Nathan Koh and Michael Herrmann (No. 2) won at doubles.