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Bolingbrook QB Bailey back on the field

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Bolingbrook QB Bailey back on the field

By Tashara Parker

CSNChicago.com Contributor

We can do this no matter who pulls the trigger.

The words of confident Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow describing his matchless quarterback duo.

Quincy Woods and Aaron Baileythose were the two guys chosen to lead the Raiders deep into the playoffs this season.

With the fall of Bailey midway through the season against Lincoln-Way East, it was time for sophomore Woods to fill some big shoes.

Woods says hes happy for the opportunity and this experience has truly helped his game a lot, but there were some struggles for the young QB.

Im a young guy, so the seniors are looking at me like whos that young guy, but I stepped up and I tried to earn their respectand thats exactly what did, said Woods.

The Raiders were almost knocked out the playoffs by Sandburg last weekend until a halftime pep-talk by Woods and Bailey got the team back on track.

Woods let the guys know that there was still a lot of game leftand to have a shot at the win, weve got to come back stronger than ever.

Lets keep our heads up. I can do it and you guys can do it to. You guys just do your job and Ill do mine. If we execute, we wont lose the game.

Woods admitted he was nervous at the beginning, but being the mature sophomore that he is; he stepped back onto the field and helped his team dominate Sandburg 39-7.

Perhaps, the larger than life story here is the announcement of Baileys return to the field.

Honestly, it was a blessing, said Bailey, who returns to the field this weekend after battling a tough knee injury that resulted in missing four games this season.

The blessing he was speaking of is the knee injury that revealed how he was just as important off the field as he was on.

Actually, Im glad it happened, it helped me out in the spirit and it helped me keep my faith. Just because Im not the one on the field, I cant get down on myself and my teammates. I just need to stay focused and really be a leader from another standpoint, said Bailey.

With the return of their star quarterback, the Raiders (8-2) are looking to have a repeat this week against number one seed Neuqua Valley (10-0).

The Raiders shut down the Wildcats after a 33-14 loss in the first round last year.

When asked about facing the number one seed Neuqua Valley, Bailey says hes just staying focused, taking it one game at a time and enjoying being back on the field.

Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

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Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

Zack Burdi was thought of as a college pitcher who could make the major leagues quickly after he was drafted in 2016.

The White Sox drafted him 26th overall that year and it appeared his quick rise through the minors was going to come true. Burdi reached Triple-A Charlotte by the end of 2016 and had a 2.25 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings with the Knights.

However, he had Tommy John surgery in July and hasn't pitched in more than 11 months. The 23-year-old from Downers Grove is nearing his return and had video proof.

That's Burdi throwing off a mound, which means a rehab stint might not be far behind. Burdi may not getting into the full swing of things before the minor league season ends in early September, but this is a good sign for him being ready to go for spring training in 2019.

Before going on the disabled list, Burdi had a 4.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33 1/3 innings with the Knights in 2017.

Which NL team is the biggest threat to the Cubs, José Abreu (still) consistently playing well

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Which NL team is the biggest threat to the Cubs, José Abreu (still) consistently playing well

Ozzie Guillen and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi to discuss what National League team is the biggest threat for the Cubs, possible minor league moves for the White Sox and if Addison Russell should be 'always ready' versus expecting an off day.

Plus, we go pregaming with Siera Santos.

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