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Softball Insider: Prairie Ridge's Drain player of week

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:24 p.m. CDT

Player of the Week

Maddie Drain

Prairie Ridge, sr., 1B

Drain has been a clutch hitter for the Wolves. The senior went 6 for 15, with four home runs and 11 RBIs this week, helping lead Prairie Ridge to a 5-1 record this season. Two of Drain’s homers were walkoffs. Drain’s second home run of the game – a three-run shot – gave Prairie Ridge a walkoff 8-5 nonconference win Tuesday against Palatine. She also hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Wolves a 16-14 Fox Valley Conference crossover win against Grayslake North on Friday.

Noteworthy

Johnsburg rotating pitchers: Johnsburg coach Wally Warner wants to make sure his pitchers stay fresh through the duration of the season.

To ensure that happens, Warner is having his top two pitchers, Kendall Huemann and Morgan Post, alternate starts. Warner said he’s never liked using a one-pitcher rotation, even if his team has one of the top arms in the area. He expects the move to pay off in the long run for Johnsburg.

“We had Kendall last year and she was our only pitcher,” Warner said. “She threw over 2,500 pitches last year. It’s her last year. She’s going to play in college, and I don’t want ruin her arm. I’ve never been high on one pitcher.”

Cary-Grove showing off depth: Despite losing two pitchers to injury to open the season, C-G has still found a way to pull out wins.

The Trojans have gotten a boost from junior pitcher Amanda DeGroote, who has stepped up amid injuries to her fellow pitchers. DeGroote was especially impressive against a dangerous Jacobs lineup in a 15-2 five-inning win Thursday when she held them to two runs on eight hits.

Although senior Lauren Stanley (shoulder) remains sidelined indefinitely, junior Caitlyn Adams (elbow) saw her first game action over the weekend. Adams pitched a scoreless inning during Friday’s win against Hampshire. C-G coach Tammy Olson said she expects her team will only get better as the season progresses while her pitches continue to get healthy.

This week’s top games

Cary-Grove at McHenry

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

McHenry has hit a skid to open the season and needs to get back on track at home against C-G if the Warriors hope to contend for the division title.

Crystal Lake South at Jacobs

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

The Gators are coming off a solid FVC crossover win against Johnsburg, where their bats produced plenty of offense. Jacobs is looking to rebound after a blowout division loss to C-G last week.

Huntley at Dundee-Crown

Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

In this FVC Valley meeting, each team is looking to earn its first win divisional win. The Chargers can expect to be tested by Red Raiders standout pitcher Haley Spannraft.

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