OPRF senior Sam Cottingham-Beard, who has signed with Western Illinois is the Huskies' best pitcher and also a solid hitter. (David Pierini/Staff Photographer)

Congratulations to Oak Park and River Forest High School pitcher/outfielder Sam Cottingham-Beard, the Midtown Athletic Club Athlete of the Week.

The senior allowed three hits and struck out 11 in the Huskies’ 2-1 win at Hinsdale Central Saturday. Cottingham-Beard, who has signed with Western Illinois is 4-2 with a 1.20 earned-run average and 59 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 41 innings. Teams are hitting .159 against the dominant right-hander. He’s also a solid outfielder with a lively bat.

“It’s nice to have a ace like Sam we can run out there,” OPRF coach Chris Ledbetter said. “Every start we know he’s going to give us six or seven quality innings and strike out 10 hitters.”

Cottingham-Beard excelled at linebacker for the OPRF football team which finished 9-2 this season.

The Midtown Athletic Club Athlete Feature, The Midtown Athletic Club Athlete of the Week and weekly sports calendar/scoreboard are sponsored by Midtown Athletic Club in Oak Park.

-Marty Farmer

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