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Inside prep softball: Woodstock North's Schnulle athlete of the week

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:39 p.m. CDT
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Paige Schnulle

Athlete of the Week

Paige Schnulle

Woodstock North, so., INF/OF

Schnulle delivered a big offensive performance to keep Woodstock North’s season alive. Schnulle led the No. 5-seeded Thunder to a regional quarterfinal win against crosstown rival and No. 4 seed Woodstock on Monday. The sophomore went 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs. Schnulle’s two-run double in the first inning helped the Thunder build a 3-0 lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish.

Noteworthy

McLean heading to Winona St.: Sam McLean always had her sights set on Winona State for college.

She just didn’t expect to be able to play softball at the Division II school in Minnesota. However, the Crystal Lake South senior shortstop will attend Winona State next year with a guaranteed roster spot.

McLean said that though Winona State doesn’t appear to have much scholarship money available this upcoming year, she believes there will be an opportunity in the future.

Either way, McLean is excited to continue her playing career.

“Just playing in high school season I realized it’s not something I want to give up yet,” McLean said. “I’d regret it.”

Although McLean plays shortstop for the Gators, she will predominately play outfield for Winona State. She already has visited the school a few times.

“Winona was always my No. 1school,” McLean said. “I was really stressed out about [making a decision].”

Rain affects McHenry regional: The Warriors were ready to play their playoff opener Tuesday.

Now McHenry is delayed until Wednesday because of Monday and Tuesday’s rains. The top-seeded Warriors are scheduled to play the winner between No. 4 Grayslake North and No. 5 Round Lake in the Class 4A McHenry Regional. However, rain prevented that quarterfinal game from being played both Monday and Tuesday.

The weather created a domino effect. Grayslake North and Round Lake now will play Wednesday with the winner advancing to play top-seeded McHenry on Thursday in a regional semifinal. The other semifinal between No. 2 Prairie Ridge and No. 3 Grant got bumped to Friday, and the title game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Playing during the day either Wednesday or Thursday and fitting in multiple games was not an option because school still is in session.

This week’s top games

Barrington vs. Jacobs,

4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Jacobs beat Barrington, 7-3, in April and again will be looking to knock off the No. 1 seed in the C-G Regional.

Crystal Lake South at Cary-Grove,

4:30 p.m. Thursday

The No. 2-seeded Trojans meet No. 3-seeded Gators in a Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional semifinal. The teams will be meeting for the fourth time this season. South holds the season advantage, going 2-1 against C-G. Because of weather, the game was bumped back one day.

– Meghan Montemurro, mmontemurro@shawmedia.com

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