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Indian Creek Timberwolves
Last season: 14-10, lost to Somonauk, 9-1, in the semifinals of the Class 1A Somonauk Regional
Keep an eye on: Jesika Lowe not only hit .409 last year with a pair of home runs, but struck out 15 in 139 innings on the hill. A junior this year, she will pitch, play shortstop and the outfield.
Also: Autumn Johanningsmeier, sr., C/SS; Jodie Penman, jr., P/C/3B; Amelia Konen, fresh., 1B/3B/P/C; Trysta Foster, soph., 1B/OF; Jade Milostan, sr., CF/P
Coach Jeremy Lowe’s comments: “With the co-op with Paw Paw we’ve got five girls that came and joined our team. We’ve got some power with the bats this year, no doubt about it. I’m pretty excited about it. About two-thirds of our lineup will be power.”
The lowdown: Lowe, Johanningsmeier, Penman and Konen provide the pop with Milostan bringing the speed, Lowe said. In addition to the power, the second-year coach said he’s thrilled about the depth of the team this year. Last year the club had nine players for most games. This year, that number should be 14.
Hinckley-Big Rock Royals
Last season: 3-14, lost to Willows Academy, 5-2, in the semifnals of the Class 1A Walther Christian Regional
Keep an eye on: Allison Ryan hit .511 last year and had more home runs (four) than strikeouts (three) as the pitcher and catcher returns for her senior year. She not only led the Little 10 Conference in homers, but with 108 strikeouts in 70 innings.
Also: Tomi Harrod, sr., C/P; Aurora Grivetti, sr., CF; Lindsey Nelson, sr., 1B; Abby Kuppler, jr., SS; Anais Lawler, sr., 3B; Alyssa Eckstrom, sr., 2B
Co-coach Doug Brewington’s comments: “We only lost one kid from last year, so the majority of our lineup is back. It’s basically a strong senior class that’s been starting since they were sophomores. It’s the third year in a row for them. We’re hoping it’s a good year for them.”
The lowdown: Ryan and Harrod have been anchoring the team for two years, switching off pitching and catching duties. Brewington, who co-coaches with Kristy Harrod, said the group of seniors have come a long way from their winless 2017 campaign and expects the group to “make some noise” in the conference.