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Baseball insider: McHenry's Robert Nagel athlete of week

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 5:07 p.m. CDT

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Athlete of the Week

Robert Nagel

McHenry, Senior

Nagel picked up two wins, both in relief pressure situations, as the Warriors moved to 4-1 for the season.

Nagel came in Tuesday and allowed one run in the final three innings as the Warriors rallied to beat Boylan, 5-4. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

There was more pressure on Saturday night at Petersen Park, as Nagel threw 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run and struck out five for the victory.

Nagel gave up a hit and the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th, but came back in the bottom of that inning and drove in the tying run. McHenry was down to its last out when Nagel delivered.

Nagel then pitched one more scoreless inning and the Warriors scored in the 12th for a 6-5 win.

“Robert’s probably our No. 2, but we like using him in relief,” Warriors coach Brian Rockweiler said. “He’s going to throw strikes and he doesn’t give in.”

Noteworthy

Striking out cancer: Hampshire and Woodstock North have designated their game on May 17 as a “Strike Out Cancer Game.” The Let’s Strike Out Cancer project was started by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte.

The teams will raise money for people affected by cancer and will wear T-shirts for that game from Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. Players also will swing colored wood bats in that game. The bats will be donated by the Hoosier Bat Company and the bats will later be signed and donated to cancer survivors at the game.

“You see a lot of pink in the NFL and MLB, but not much in other cancer colors,” Hampshire coach John Sarna said. “Kudos to the players who felt it was important to draw awareness to all forms of cancer.”

High hopes: Woodstock lost a pair of Fox Valley Conference crossover games, which count in the division standings, to Jacobs and Prairie Ridge last week. But the Blue Streaks feel like they can make a jump this season with an experienced and more talented group.

Most of Woodstock’s players were on the varsity roster last year. Streaks coach John Oliveira played a lot of sophomores last season, including third baseman Austin Butts and catcher Eric Bell, two of the Streaks’ best hitters.

“As I was hitting infield [at the opener last week], Eric and I looked at each other and I said, ‘We can pick it a little bit,’ ” Oliveira said. “From the seven years I’ve been here, this is one of the best teams I’ve had. We have 14 returning kids. We’re excited about the future and we’re excited about this year.”

Woodstock has only three seniors.

Sox-like: Oliveira, a Boston Red Sox fan, has a bushy red beard that gives him some resemblance to Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, a hero in last year’s World Series.

This Week’s Top Games

Marengo vs. Burlington Central

Tuesday and Thursday

• Burlington usually is one of the Big Northern Conference East Division’s top teams and Marengo wants to be a contender this season, so this is big for the Indians. Both are 4:30 p.m. starts, Tuesday at Burlington and Thursday at Marengo.

Cary-Grove at Woodstock

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Emricson Park

• C-G is coming off a 3-1 week and defeated Hampshire for its first Fox Valley Conference win.

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