SERENA — The Serena Huskers began Little Ten Conference play Monday afternoon with a 16-0 blanking of the Newark Norsemen in five innings.
Serena (2-1 overall, 1-0 LTC) scored 12 times in the bottom of the first to propel it to the “W.”
Greg Breese went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored three runs to lead the Huskers’ offense. Connor Baker was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Preston Duffy had a home run and five RBIs. Trace Berggren (3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 9 K) got the win on the mound. He was relieved by Ivan Stafford (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K)
Dalton Reibel had a double to account for the lone Newark hit. Connor Swanson (0 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 H, 6 BB, 0 K) took the pitching loss.
Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw 2
At Sandwich, the Indians used a six-run second inning to beat the Red Raiders in a nonconference game.
Austin Salemi went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and four runs batted in to lead the Sandwich offense. Hayden Isham (two doubles) and Sean Smith (2-for-3) added a pair of hits apiece. Zach Hix doubled. Andrew Gipe (3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win on the mound.
Grant Campbell (2-for-3, double) accounted for the two Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw hits. Keegan Johnson (4 IP, 9 ER, 10 H, 5 BB, 1 K) took the pitching loss.
Fieldcrest 5, Blue Ridge 4
At Wenona, Landon Cook’s walk-off single in the home half of the seventh inning gave the Knights the Heart of Illinois Conference win over Blue Ridge.
Travis Cook and Zach Moritz accounted for Fieldcrest’s other two hits. Derek May had two runs batted in. Michael Morse (2 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K) got the win on the mound in relief of starter McKoy Allen (4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 3 K).
East Aurora 2 (5 inn.)
At Sandwich, the Lady Indians put 13 runs up on the scoreboard — including an eight-spot in the second inning — during their initial two trips up to bat en route to the nonconference triumph over the Lady Tomcats.
Ava Knepper went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in to lead the Sandwich offense. Grace Schmidt (2-for-3, double, two RBIs), Tara Bohnstedt and Bailee Taxis (2-for-3) all added a pair of hits. Brianna Avery (three runs scored) and Josie Gonzalez (two RBIs) both doubled. Megan Schwartz also brought in a couple of runs.
Bohnstedt (3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K) was credited with the win in the circle in relief of starter Schmidt (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K).
Blue Ridge 0 (5 inn.)
At Minonk, Alaina Tjaden (2-for-2), Paige Sons (2-for-3, double) and Jacie Sullivan (2-for-3, double) all had a pair of hits and drove in three runs apiece to lead the Knights’ offense during their Heart of Illinois Conference win in five innings over Blue Ridge. Lexi Jochums tripled and Alivia Tjaden doubled.
Lorton recorded the win in the circle. She gave up one hit and two walks while striking out 13 batters.
La Salle-Peru 4, Streator 1
At La Salle, the Bulldogs fell to the Cavaliers in a nonconference match.
Posting Streator’s lone win was Greg Rashid at No. 1 singles (6-3, 4-6, 10-6 over Jalen Depenbrock).
IVCC 16, Kishwaukee 10
Kishwaukee 3, IVCC 2
At Malta on Saturday, the Eagles (7-11, 1-1) opened Arrowhead Conference play by splitting a doubleheader with Kishwaukee College.
IVCC won the opener 16-10. Ottawa High School graduate Andrew Bacon (3-for-4, five runs batted in), Streator High School alum Logan Bundy (3-for-5, four runs scored), Kyle Christman (3-for-4, two RBIs) and Austin Prybylinski (3-for-4, home run, double, five RBIs) all had three hits to lead the Eagles’ offense. Brady Huebbe was 2-for-3 at the plate. Paxton Kennedy doubled and brought in a pair of runs. Bryce Nolan (4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 8 BB, 7 K) got the win on the mound.
IVCC was edged 3-2 in the second game. Bacon (RBI), Huebbe and Neal Stasell accounted for the three Eagle hits. OHS product Jake Hanlon (6 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 4 K) took the pitching loss.
Ottawa 15, Plano 0
At Plano, Hanna Roalson hit for the cycle to lead the Lady Corsairs’ offense during its nonconference triumph over Plano. Kylee Zoran recorded the win in the circle.
Frosh/soph boys tennis
Lincoln-Way East 5, Ottawa 0
At Frankfort, the Corsairs were blanked by Lincoln-Way East in a nonconference match.
For Ottawa, Sam Walker at No. 1 (8-5 to Luke Hoppenrath) and Nicolas Taylor at No. 2 (8-2 to Nick Everhart) dropped singles matches, while Sam Barron and Regan Linde at No. 1 (8-1 to David Vargas and Austin Majcina), Micah Hortega and Tanner Ditchfield at No. 2 (8-1 to John Tijerina and Sean Fisher), and Noah Mansour and Charlie Messino at No. 3 (8-1 to Vishesh Patel and William Trinh) fell in doubles play.
Walker, Barron and Linde, and Hortega and Ditchfield all won exhibition matches.