Thu April 20, 2017
By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director
Huntley 4, Jacobs 1
ALGONQUIN, IL – No. 20 Huntley rode the left arm of Adam Smylie to a 4-1 victory over Jacobs on Friday afternoon. Smylie struck out nine in his seven-inning complete game.
6-foot-5, 205-pound, Smylie eased through much of the game for the Red Raiders. Smylie, who allowed one earned run and scattered two hits, didn’t flash an over-powering fastball but he consistently pounded the outer half of the strike zone. His fastball has late arm-side-run and he stayed away from the predominately right-handed hitting lineup. To keep the Jacobs hitters off-balance, Smylie mixed in a sweeping breaking ball.
The game was relatively quick and quiet until the bottom fifth inning when Jacobs (12-4) started the scoring with their one and only run of the game. Spencer Foulks led off with a walk and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. A few batters later Adam Kale delivered a clutch, two out, run-scoring single to left field.
The Red Raiders were not behind for long, as they scored three runs of their own in the top half of the sixth. After a couple of walks and a sacrifice bunt, Tyler Koss ripped a two-run double down the left-field line, giving Huntley a 2-1 lead. Koss would later score on a groundball by Denny Smith that could not be handled by the shortstop with the infield drawn in.
Huntley (13-3) added one more run in the top of the seventh on a RBI double by Brad Maurer, a North Park commit. Smylie threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to preserve the 4-1 Huntley win.
Cory Dennison, started on the mound and threw well for Jacobs. The junior right-hander went five plus innings, allowed one hit, one earned run, struck out four and walked two.
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