Prep Baseball Report

Priester Does It All As Cary-Grove Walks Off No. 15 Huntley

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The No. 1 prospect in the state, RHP Quinn Priester, was on the mound for Cary-Grove, in a much-anticipated start against conference foe Huntley. Priester, who was full-go, with no pitch-count limitations, led Cary-Grove with his arm and his bat, to a 4-3 walk-off win over No. 15 Huntley.

Priester, a Texas Christian commit, is the No. 20 overall prospect in the 2019 class and he showed why on Saturday. The wide-shouldered, highly-athletic, 6-foot-3, 200-pound, right-hander showed off one of the top fastballs, if not the best, in the entire Midwest. On top of the electric fastball, Priester mixed in a devastating swing-and-miss curveball as well as the occasional changeup, that flashed plus potential. Priester, who is as polished as it gets for a high school pitcher also delivers the ball with incredible ease and athleticism. Priester did not throw a four-seam fastball under 90 mph the entire 6.2 innings he was out there. The fastball sat 90-95 mph throughout, the majority being 92-95 and he touched 96 once. In fact, Priester, when he needed it, still had 95 mph in his back pocket in the sixth inning and touched a couple of 93’s and 94’s in the seventh. Priester scattered seven hits, gave up three runs, two earned, struck out 11 and walked one.

Almost equally as impressive were Priester’s at-bats on the day. Priester, hits in the four-hole for Cary-Grove and was the only Trojan to collect multiple hits on the day. With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, Priester hit a ball to the left-center field wall and floated around the bases for a leadoff triple. After Huntley intentionally walked the bases loaded, they recorded two outs but walked Jack Thompson, forcing in Priester, for the walk-off, 4-3 game-winning walk.

Another clutch hit from Priester came with Cary-Grove trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth. With one out and two men on, he delivered a go-ahead, two-run triple to right field and would later come around to score to make the score 3-1 at the time. Priester finished the day 2-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored and two RBI.

The next best thing to Priester’s indelible performance, was the Huntley offense. It is easy to imagine a lot of high school teams that were facing 90-95 mph, with three above-average offerings, would be lucky to just put a couple of balls in play. Not the Red Raiders of Huntley. This group is experienced (finished runner-up in Class 4A last season) and put together extremely impressive at-bats up-and-down the lineup, all game long. The Red Raiders out-hit Cary-Grove 7-4 and only had one, one-two-three inning, on the day.  

Huntley’s most impressive inning was their last, the top of the seventh, trailing 3-1 and down to their final three outs. After a strikeout to start off the inning, Kyle Maurer (McHenry County JC commit) and Jackson Broom (Wisconsin-Oshkosh commit) singled sharply to put runners at first and second. Dylan Janke (IU-Kokomo commit) followed with a line-drive, RBI double that sailed over the right-fielders head, making the score 3-2 and putting runners on second and third. The bases eventually were loaded with two outs and Priester’s final pitch of the game was a breaking ball that hit Hunter Rumachik (McHenry County JC commit), forcing in the game-tying run. Cary-Grove turned to left-handed pitcher Ethan Estes to record the final out, and he did just that, inducing a line out to the second baseman.

Junior RHP Jimmy Fairley started on the mound for Huntley and went three innings without giving up a hit or a run, striking out three and walking two. Rumachik led the way offensively for Huntley, going 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and hit-by-pitch.

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