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KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: St. Charles East baseball's Troy Dykhuis

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:31 a.m. CST

Why he was selected: Pitched six shutout innings Saturday against Elgin, striking out 11

St. Charles East senior Troy Dykhuis is enjoying seeing his innings workload increase as a senior after a more limited role on the Saints' pitching staff last season. In Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader at Elgin, Dykhuis pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits while striking out 11. Dykhuis, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, is an Elgin Community College recruit. He spoke with sports editor Jay Schwab about his outing on Saturday. The following is an edited transcript: 

What was working so well for you [on Saturday]? I was able to get ahead with my fastball and I was also able to locate my curveball later in the count.

If you're pitching in a doubleheader, do you have a preference on which game, first or second?
I usually like to pitch the first game so then you're not sitting there but the second game isn't too bad, either.

You guys have some big conference series coming up the next few weeks. Is it a pretty fun time of season?
It is. It's always fun to out there and play against some of the guys you know on other high school teams and compete with them.

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