The Woodstock High School Blue Streaks and Marian Central Hurricanes baseball teams picked up four combined victories this weekend in respective doubleheaders, while the Woodstock North Thunder continued their unbeaten conference run.
“It’s nice to get a win especially after playing a team like Burlington Central,” said WHS head coach Matt Prill, referencing the team’s previous three losses to their Kishwaukee River Conference (KRC) rival. “Everyone showed up ready to play and compete.”
At Emricson Park April 15, the Streaks (9-6 overall; 0-3 KRC) hosted the St. Edward Green Wave, picking up 10-0 and 9-6 wins. Twenty-five mile per hour sustained wind gusts were no matter for the Streaks as sophomore pitcher Jacob Waryck pitched a shutout in game one.
“It was all about getting used to the wind and taking that to your advantage,” said Waryck. “I’d shoot on the outside and then when I got ahead, I played with a curve ball a little bit. But mostly it was just fast ball outside … [T]he wind was blowing straight toward the catcher. So that got a few miles behind my fastball.”
Senior Josh Turner secured three hits for the Streaks to provide a solid lead against St. Ed’s.
“Coach reminded everyone to keep focused – at bat and on the field,” said Turner. “We were able to maintain that focus and show that we’re a good team. We’re tough to beat and can compete with anybody.”
In game two, Woodstock dug deep to continue pulling ahead despite strengthening winds and a hungry St. Ed’s. Sophomore Evan Geske secured a base hit at the top of the fifth inning, allowing juniors Cale Fey-Keane and Tyler Peake to grab two more runs, putting WHS up 9-6.
The Hurricanes (4-3 overall; 2-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference) defeated ESCC opponent Nazareth Academy at Nazareth with 6-1 and 7-6 victories. The team will continue ESCC action at home this week against Notre Dame (4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18) and Marian Catholic (10 a.m. doubleheader Saturday, April 22). The Hurricanes will also compete against nonconference rival Boylan.
Also in the Kishwaukee River Conference, the Thunder (11-3 overall) improved to 6-0 ahead of this week’s KRC matchup between North and Woodstock. The Thunder outlasted Marengo 6-5 April 13 to maintain their conference prowess. The team suffered a 16-6 loss versus Lakes High School April 15.
WNHS and WHS will play at Emricson at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, and at North at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.