Athlete of the Week
Prairie Ridge, sr.
Klendworth continued his torrid spring by going 10 for 14, with eight RBIs, for the week as the Wolves finished 3-2.
Klendworth is hitting .620 with four doubles, four triples and four home runs for the season. He also has 13 stolen bases.
Klendworth started the week with a 4 for 4 game, with a homer, stolen base and two RBIs, in a 6-3 loss to Evanston.
He was 2 for 4 with a triple and five RBIs in a 13-9 loss to Grayslake North, then went 3 for 3 with a double and triple in a 10-1 victory over Johnsburg.
Klendworth finished the week going 1 for 3 with a run scored in the Wolves’ 5-3 win Saturday against Lane Tech.
More on ‘Suds’: Cary-Grove coach Don Sutherland got his 500th career victory in Saturday’s 12-1 win at Grayslake North, which is 100 more than any other coach in area history.
Sutherland grew up in Ottawa in central Illinois, and his father Jim was a baseball coach. He is respected and well-liked by his fellow coaches in the Fox Valley Conference.
“He’s the guy in the conference we all look up to,” Prairie Ridge coach Glen Pecoraro said. “He’s kind of the model of the baseball coaches in our conference. It’s been a pleasure coaching against him all these years. We’ve had battles back and forth in conference, regional championships and in sectionals. I’ve learned so much from coaching against him, and just watching his demeanor and watchiing how he handles himself and his kids.”
Sutherland, 56, plans on coaching for several more seasons, which should allow him to put his win total well above 600 before he retires.
Another milestone: Pecoraro, who has coached Prairie Ridge for 13 of its 16 seasons, is closing in on 300 career victories. After Saturday’s sweep of Lane Tech, the Wolves have him at 298 career wins. The Wolves were leading 9-7 in the top of the third inning Monday against Lake Zurich when the game was suspended because of lightning.
Pecoraro coached from 1998, the year the school opened, through 2006. After three years away, he returned in 2010.
The mighty Valley: There are a handful FVC crossover games remaining, which count in the standings, so soon the FVC Valley teams will start playing each other, which should get interesting. Coming into the week, the seven Valley teams were 62-15 overall and 23-3 in crossovers against the FVC Fox teams.
Huntley (10-0) and Crystal Lake South (7-0) had not lost; Jacobs (9-1) had only one blemish and Cary-Grove (11-2) and Prairie Ridge (13-3) also look good.
This week’s top games
Cary-Grove vs. Crystal Lake South
Friday and Saturday
South shared the FVC Valley title with Prairie Ridge last season and faces a tough C-G team in their division series. They play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at South, then at 10 a.m. Saturday at C-G.
Huntley vs. Prairie Ridge
Friday and Saturday
Prairie Ridge shared the FVC Valley championship with South last season. Huntley had not lost to start the week and is scoring runs in bunches. They play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Prairie Ridge, then at 10 a.m. Saturday at Huntley.
– Joe Stevenson