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Inside Baseball: Huntley's Tommy Kiriakopoulos Athlete of the Week

Published: Monday, May 26, 2014 5:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 1:11 p.m. CDT

Athlete of the Week

Tommy Kiriakopoulos

Huntley, sr.

Kiriakopoulos drove in six runs in three games to help the Red Raiders win their final three Fox Valley Conference Valley Division games and the division championship outright.

The first baseman was 1 for 2 with an RBI in a 10-0 victory over Dundee-Crown on May 19.

On Tuesday, he got Huntley off to a big start with a two-run home run in the first inning against Crystal Lake South. That game was suspended heading into the bottom of the sixth inning tied at 3 because of lightning and thunder.

When that game was resumed Thursday, Kiriakopoulos drove in another run as Huntley scored twice and beat South, 5-3. It was Huntley’s third division title in five years, its first outright.

On Wednesday, as Huntley secured a share of the title, Kiriakopoulos had a single and two RBIs as the Raiders defeated Dundee-Crown, 9-2.

“He’s got three guys ahead of him getting on base [Brandon Altergott, Matt Sullivan and Mark Skonieczny] and he’s doing his job,” Huntley coach Andy Jakubowski said. “He does a really good job with a man on third, less than two [outs], shortening up his stroke and taking the ball back through the middle. He’d rather get the ground ball and RBI than hit it 500 feet. He’s very unselfish.”

Noteworthy

Getting their share: Richmond-Burton finished tied with Burlington Central at 9-3 atop the Big Northern Conference East Division championship. One of those two has won or shared the title each of the past four years.

R-B figured its shot at the title had slipped away with a few remaining games when it lost at Burlington, but R-B came back two days later and gained a split, then got some more help.

R-B shared the BNC East title with Burlington in 2012 and won it outright in 2011.

Rolling in: Huntley, the top seed at the Class 4A DeKalb Regional this week, heads into the postseason with seven of eight victories and the FVC Valley Division championship.

Another team to watch is Prairie Ridge, the No. 3 seed behind Grant (1) and McHenry (2) at the Grayslake North Regional. The Wolves are 9-3 in May and won their last seven FVC games to finish 13-6 in the FVC Valley, in third place.

This week’s top games

Jacobs vs. Cary-Grove

4:30 p.m. Thursday

Class 4A CL South Regional

The teams split in the last week of the FVC Valley race, with C-G’s win knocking Jacobs out of a share for first place.

McHenry vs. Prairie Ridge

4:30 p.m. Thursday

Class 4A Grayslake North Regional

Prairie Ridge is the No. 3 seed, McHenry is No. 2 and Prairie Ridge won the two regular-season games by a combined three runs.

Woodstock vs. Marian Central

4:30 p.m. Thursday

Class 3A Harvard Regional

The intra-city schools meet with Woodstock as the No. 2 seed and Marian No. 3 in the regional.

– Joe Stevenson

joestevenson@shawmedia.com

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