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Baseball insider: Johnsburg's Kordik player of week

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 2:36 p.m. CDT
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Johnsburg's Kevin Kordik.

Athlete of the Week

Kevin Kordik

Johnsburg, Senior

The Skyhawks third baseman-pitcher had a huge hand in their two victories as the Skyhawks were 2-2 for the week.

In Tuesday’s 8-1 victory over Cary-Grove, Kordik was 2 for 4 with a grand slam and five RBIs. The grand slam came late to seal the outcome for the Skyhawks.

On Saturday, Kordik made one of his best starts of the season in a 7-1 win against Antioch. Kordik struck out 10, allowed one hit and issued no walks during that game.

Kordik also was 3 for 4 with an RBI in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Harvard and was 1 for 2 in Thursday’s 8-1 loss to Huntley.

Noteworthy

Ideal for closing: Harvard coach Donnie Nolen felt the last two seasons that Matt Piechocki has been his No. 1 pitcher, but this year he is using Piechocki in a different role, as closer.

Nolen feels his starting pitching is strong with junior Peyton Schneider and sophomores Johnny Peterson, Reiss Bielski and Logan Streit. That allows Piechocki to man the right field position until late in a game when he often closes.

“His bat is pretty good, so I keep him in the lineup,” Nolen said. “He can throw every day and he enjoys it. I said, ‘OK, I’ll put that to use.’ ”

Nolen said the main thing with Piechocki is he will come in throwing strikes.

“I had him in Little League when he moved here at 11 and he would always throw strikes,” Nolen said. “He seems perfect for closer. It really helps the ballclub a lot.”

Piechocki has a 1.40 ERA and an 0-1 record with one save.

Hampshire to honor teachers: Hampshire’s home game on Wednesday, May 7 will hold a special importance as each player will ask a teacher to wear his jersey and the teachers will be recognized before the game. It is a program Whip-Purs coach John Sarna started as an assistant at Jacobs and brought to Hampshire.

The Whips will do it as part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is observed around the nation from May 5-9.

“Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do,” Sarna said. “The Teacher Appreciation Game is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day. We recognize we are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility. We strive to take it to the next step.”

The event will be sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and Hoosier Bat Company, which will have a personalized, laser-engraved wood bat for every teacher.

This Week’s Top Games

Grayslake Central vs. Johnsburg

4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

• Grayslake Central won the FVC Fox Division in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and wants to get back to the top. If Johnsburg wants to contend, it needs to prove worthy right away in division games. They play at Johnsburg on Tuesday and at Grayslake on Thursday.

Huntley vs. Jacobs

4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

• Huntley is a defending co-champion in the FVC Valley and Jacobs looks like a serious contender. The two teams play at Jacobs on Tuesday and at Huntley on Thursday.

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