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AREA ROUNDUP: Ottawa, Somonauk softball extend unbeaten starts

E-L softball puts up 30 on Hiawatha

OTTAWA — Six up, six down.

The Ottawa Lady Pirates softball team recorded its sixth victory in as many games this season and improved to 2-0 in NIB 12 Conference competition with an 8-1 topping of visiting Sycamore early Wednesday evening at King Field. OHS scored in the bottom of the first and never trailed, putting the game away with three runs of insurance in both the third and fifth.

Jenna Nink (3-for-3, two doubles, three runs scored), Sloan Gayan (twos ingles, two RBIs), Molly Harris (single, double, two RBIs), Bailey Simpson (double, two RBIs) and Jazzy Bowman (two singles) led the Lady Pirates offense, with Cassie Claus also driving in a run.

Gayan (5 IP, 1 ER, 8 K) scattered three hits in earning the pitching win, with Abby Bukantis (2 IP, 0 R, 0 K) closing things out.

Somonauk 15, Indian Creek 2 (5 inn.)

At Somonauk, the host Lady Bobcats (7-0 overall, 2-0 LTC) scored five runs in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth en route to the five-inning Little Ten Conference victory.

Tayler Fall tagged a solo homer and pitched two scoreless innings before being relieved by winning pitcher Mary Seville (3 IP, 1 ER, 1 K). Shelby Peritore tripled and drove home three Somonauk runs, Avery Sexton singled and tallied two RBIs, Claire Lamb scored three times and Alicia Hendron and Sydni Frederick drove home two runs apiece.

Earlville-Leland 30, Kirkland Hiawatha 0 (5 inn.)

At Kirkland, the Lady Raiders piled up 30 runs on 20 hits and scored in every inning — including a 12-run third and a nine-run fifth — to improve to 4-1 overall, 1-0 on the Little Ten loop.

Emily Cook doubled, tripled, scored five runs and drove in six more for E-L. Jadyn Pickert singled, tripled, scored four times and tallied four RBIs. Skyler Brue (4-for-6, five runs scored) and Haley Michael (3-for-5) drove home two E-L runs each, with Michael (5 IP, 0 R, 4 K) tossing the three-hit shutout.

WFC 13, Lowpoint-Washburn 0 (5 inn.)

At Washburn, August Gillman struck out six and allowed just two hits in a complete-game shutout, Shea Moritz (two doubles) and Kylie Kindermann (four singles, three runs scored) each drove home three runs, and Morgan Schwahn tallied two RBIs as Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (5-3 overall, 3-1 Tri-County) scored the makeup win.

Elise Kane added a pair of hits, Sydnee Plesko tripled, and Gillman helped her own cause with a 3-for-4 day at the plate for the Warriors.

Baseball

E-L-PP 6, Kirkland Hiawatha 2

At Kirkland, visiting Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw scored all six of its runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to overcome an early deficit and record the Little Ten win.

Tyler Bretsch (6 IP, 2 ER, 4 K) notched the win with relief work from Grant Campbell (1 IP, 0 R, 1 K). As for the Red Raiders offense, Bretsch doubled and drove home two, Keegan Johnson had a two-bagger of his own and Porter Wesson scored two runs and drove home another.

Somonauk 10, Indian Creek 4

At Somonauk, the host Bobcats (5-0-1, 2-0) took the lead with a five-run bottom of the fifth for the Wednesday LTC victory.

Sam Brooks (2 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 1 K) earned the win in relief of starter Clayton Morris (4 1/3 IP, 2 ER). Offensively, Nolan Wegener doubled and drove home three, Morris singled and doubled, Steven Kenyon singled twice and Andrew Johnson doubled.

Heyworth 16, Fieldcrest 2 (5 inn.)

At Heyworth, the host Hornets put up crooked numbers in each of their four innings at bat to pull away for the HOIC win.

Fieldcrest was limited to four hits, with Ryan Naas singling, doubling and scoring both Knights runs. McKoy Allen (1 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 1 K) was dealt the loss.

Westmont 5, Seneca 4

At Westmont on Tuesday, missed opportunities throughout made the Irish settle for the I-8 Conference split despite a 3-for-3 day from Uriah Tobolsky and a two-hit performance from Myles Mitchell. Cage Cryder (6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 K) suffered the pitching loss.

Track and field

MA scores 3 firsts at Streator

At Streator on Tuesday, the Marquette track and field team received first-place finishes from Sarah Smith in the shot put, the 1600 relay made up of Sarah Lechtenberg, Eliza Smith, Sarah Smith and Kathryn Siena, and Lucas Hoffman in the 3200. Adding second-place finishes were Lechtenberg in the 3200 and Angelo Bayno in the 3200. Relay teams featuring Bayno, Wyatt Hettel, Brandon Ruggles, Gareth Kent, Alex Barker, Hoffman and Cole Ewers also scored seconds.

Streator's winners appeared in Wednesday's Track and Field Roundup.

Other winners at Sandwich ...

At a six-team meet held at Sandwich on Tuesday, Serena saw a first-place finish scored by A.J. Kuhn (5:23.86 in 1600) as well as two individual seconds in the high jump and 800. Zack Aurenz also added a second-place finish in the 100, as did the 3200 relay team and Macy Rodrick in the high jump.

The host Lady Indians won the girls portion led by firsts from — Claire Roberts (15-4 in long jump, 31-5 in triple jump), Ezbeydy Rivera (4-8 in high jump), Kayla Schiera (11:43.00 in 3200, 2:32.54 in 800, 5:34.08 in 1600), Sarah Ness (:17.46 in 100 hurdles, :55.90 in 300 hurdles), Maddie Dawson (1:02.66 in 400), the 3200 relay team of Bailey Sherman, Maddy Leggett, Felicity Beins and Lizbeth Gonzalez (13:33.0), the 400 of Ness, Rivera, Jillian Fuchs and Dawson (:54.88), the 800 of RIvera, Amanda Stacks, Gracelyn Krafft and Fuchs (2:03.02), and the 1600 relay team of Roberts, Josie Ness, Stacks and Fuchs (4:55.78).

Other winners from the meet appeared in Wednesday's Track and Field Roundup.

JV/sophomore baseball

Marquette 11, Roanoke-Benson 1 (5 inn.)

At Roanoke, Marquette (5-1) was led by two hits apiece from Nick Melvin (double, two RBIs), John Thompson (two RBIs), Jake Thomas (double) and Carter Spears, with Jalen Flavel also doubling. Thompson, Jay Scott and Flavel shared duties on the mound.

Ottawa 17, Rochelle 8

At Rochelle, the Corsairs (6-4, 2-0) received two home runs apiece from Kadon Harth (2-for-5, five RBIs) and Keegan Sarver (3-for-3, four RBIs), with Harth (5 IP, 10 K) also pitching the victory. Evan Evola (four RBIs), Jace Addis (two RBIs) and Ty Trovero added two hits apiece, with Bryr McMichael going 3-for-4.

Freshman baseball

IVC 8, Streator 5

At Streator, the Bullpups received two doubles and a single off the bat of Tony Rath, two doubles and two RBIs from Mason Telford, two singles from Ben Hagi, a two-run double from Sawyer Good and two RBIs from Tyler Halgren. Logan Williamson (2 IP, 4 ER) suffered the pitching loss.

JUCO softball

IVCC 8, Bryant & Stratton 3

IVCC 9, Bryant & Stratton 1 (5 inn.)

At Oglesby, the Eagles improved to 7-9 on the season with a doubleheader sweep.

IVCC led 1-0 in the opener before scoring three times in the third and four more in the fourth, which was more than enough of a cushion for winning pitcher and Fieldcrest High School alumna Lauren Tjaden (7 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 8 K). Tjaden also had two hits, while Streator High School graduate Brenna McCann drove in a run.

IVCC also captured the afternooncap in five innings as McCann picked up the complete-game win in the circle after allowing just three hits, no earned runs, walking one and striking out one. McCann, Marquette grad Maddie Dougherty and SHS product Lindsey Salata each posted two hits, with Dougherty driving in a trio of tallies.

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