STREATOR — Streator pitcher Zack Grabowski was literaly unhittable during Thursday afternoon's Interstate Eight Conference game with Plano at the SHS Athletic Fields.
The senior right-hander fired a six-inning no-hitter against the Reapers, fanning nine while walking just one. He also hit the strike zone on 55 of his 75 offerings, incuding getting strike one on 17 of the 20 batters he faced.
Streator broke a scoreless tie in the fourth by scoring three times, and followed that with two in the fifth and five more in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Joey Byers, Lucas Sharisky (double), Daniel Gonzalez, Brett Dresbach (four RBis) and Hunter Telford (two doubles) each collected two hits apiece to led a 14-hit Bulldogs attack. John Benckendorf and Vern McKinley also drove in runs for SHS (3-4, 1-2).
Somonauk 12, Hinckley-Big Rock 0 (5 inn.)
At Somonauk, the Bobcats scored seven times in the first inning and took advantage of six Royals errors to improve to 6-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the Little Ten Conference.
Starter Garrett McNurlan (2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K) and winning pitcher Max Neidigh (3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K) combined for the shutout on the hill for Somonauk. Sam Brooks (RBI, two stolen bases) had a pair of hits, Steven Kenyon (three RBIs) and Brady Kreiter (two RBIs) each doubled, and Drew Westbrook drove in two for SHS.
Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw 12, Indian Creek 5
At Earlville, the Red Raiders plated six runs in the first inning and out-hit the Timberwolves 14-4 to help propel them to the Little Ten Conference victory.
Grant Campbell (four stolen bases), Brennan Sweeney (triple, RBI) and Jared Pickert (double, three RBIs, three stolen bases) each smacked three hits each for E-L-PP (4-3, 2-0). Winning pitcher Tim McNally (2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K) added two hits and three RBIs, while Justin Shannon and Davis Sweeney also drove home runs.
Serena 6, LaMoille-Ohio 2
At LaMoille, the Huskers improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Little Ten Conference.
Winning pitcher Greg Breese (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) combined with Trace Berggren (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Connor Baker (2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) to hold L-O to just six singles and a pair of runs. Breese and Preston Duffy each singled and doubled, with the latter picking up two RBIs. Ivan Stafford and Tristan Guzman each added an RBI for Serena.
Coal City 2, Sandwich 1
At Sandwich, the Coalers scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth to drop the Indians to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in Interstate Eight Conference play.
Sandwich had just three hits — singles from Christopher Schiera, Andrew Gipe and Austin Salemi (RBI). Gipe fanned four and allowed a run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, while Jake Pfaff took the loss despite giving up just an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Eureka 8, Fieldcrest 7
At Eureka, the Knights scored seven times in the top of the seventh to tie things up against the Hornets, only to see the hosts walk off with the HOIC victory in the bottom of the inning.
Hayden Carls (RBI) and McKoy Allen (two RBIs) each had a pair of hits for Fieldcrest (4-4, 2-2), while Ryan Naas drove in a pair of runs. Landon Cook (2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1K) took the loss in relief of Michael Morse (4 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K).
Streator 5, Plano 0
At the SHS Athletic Fields on Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs backed an outstanding shutout pitching perfromance from Elle Magana with 13 hits, including three apiece from Chloe Castillo and Grace Schmitz, to blank Plano in an Interstate Eight Conference contest.
Magana allowed just two hits and struck out two in the complete-game victory. Schmitz had a pair of doubles and an RBI, while Castillo also drove in a tally. Maddie Barichello and Aubrey Durdan each collected a pair of base hits, the latter driving in a run for Streator (4-6, 2-1).
Seneca 8, Hall 1
At Spring Valley, the Lady Irish (8-1) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the second on thier way to the nonconference road win over the Lady Red Devils.
Lyda Robinson (RBI) and Kylie Winsor (double, two RBIs) led Seneca's 11-hit attack with two safties each. Cassidy Draves, Abriana Jashari and Anne Krull also provided run-scoring hits. Starting hurler Krull (3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1ER, 1 BB, 1K), winning pitcher Grace Flatness (2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0R, 1 BB, 3K) and Maggie Carpenter (1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K) combined to hold Hall to just the single tally.
Serena 12, LaMoille-Ohio 2 (5 inn.)
At LaMoille, Emily Hook recorded a trio of hits, including a double and grand slam home run, and five RBIs to led the Lady Huskers to the Little Ten Conference road win in five innings over the Lady Lions. Maddie Holdiman earned the pitching victory in relief (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER. 1 BB) while also collecting a single, double and a pair of stolen bases. Starter Brianna Engel (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) had a base hit and two RBIs, with Kylie Shannon also driving in a run.
Somonauk 4, Hinckley-Big Rock 0
At Somonauk, Tayler Fall allowed just a pair of singles, walking one and striking out 12 in earning the complete-game shutout for the Lady Bobcats in thier Little Ten Conference triumph over the Lady Royals. Shelby Peritore had two of Somonauk's seven hits and the lone RBI.
Earlville-Leland 14, Indian Creek 6
At Earlville, after spotting the Lady Timberwovles a three-run lead in the top of the first, the Raiders scored four in each of the first two frames and five more in the third to score the Little Ten Conference victory.
E-L (5-1, 2-0) finsihed with 16 hits, including four from Emily Cook who had a pair of doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs. Skyler Brue, Amanda Myers, Kennedy Meloy (two doubles, RBI), Julia Niles (two RBIs) and Taylor Weymouth (two RBIs) each recorded a pair of hits for the Raiders. Haley Michael (6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 9 K) earned the win in the circle with help from Meloy (1 IP, 1 K).
Coal City 7, Sandwich 0
At Sandwich, the Lady Indians posted just three hits and committed five errors in their Interstate Eight Conference loss to the Lady Coalers.
Brianna Avery, Hailey Rulh and Bailee Taxis all singled for Sandwich, while Grace Schmidt took the loss in the circle.
Streator 3, Limestone 2
At Bartonville, the Bulldogs won both singles matches plus No. 3 doubles to pick up the victory over the host Rockets.
In singles, No. 1 Greg Rashid defeated Ben Hrashius 6-0, 6-0, while at No. 2 Tristen Geary topped Xiang Liu 6-0, 6-2. The duo of Alomzo Pereanes and Derek Wilkinson earned a 1-6, 6-0, 10-8 triumph at No. 3 doubles over Spencer Brown and Josh Garner. At No. 1 doubles, Alex Granados and Jason Houch fell 7-5, 3-6, 10-3, with the No. 2 team of Luke Elias and Nate Beck losing 6-3, 7-5.
Sterling 5, Ottawa 0
At Sterling on Thursday, the Pirates were dealt the NIB 12 road loss via shutout to fall to 1-1 in NIB 12 play.
Track and field
Ottawa 73, Marengo 63
At King Field, the Pirates captured 10 of the 17 events to win their dual meet.
Earning first-place marks for Ottawa were Drew Klatt in the 3200-meter run (10 mintues, 55.18 seconds), JoJo Jackson in both the 100 (:11.02) and 200 (:22.9), Noah Taylor in the 800 (2:25.65), Kain Schott in the long jump (17 feet, 8 inches), Kyle Haerle in the triple jump (34-2), Amonte Ulmer in the pole vault (9-6), Isaac Jung in both the shot put (40-7) and discus (117-8), and the 400 relay team. Collecting second-place honors were Brandon Purifoy (800), Haerle (long jump), Sam Atwood (triple jump), Andrew Schalk (pole vault) and Slaten Swords (discus).
Sandwich boys dominate at home
At Sandwich, the host Indians, led by a three-win day from Jayden McCulskie, registered 145 team points to outdistance runner-up Serena's 19.5 points and the rest of the six-team field here on Thursday afternoon.
Sandwich collected 10 first-place finishes, six in field events: McCulskie in the high jump (5-10), the triple jump (39-8) and the long jump (19-7), Derek Murphy in the shot put (48-6), Levi Franklin in the discus (153-3) and Tret Katzel in the pole vault (10-0).
Firsts on the track came from Seth Randa in the 100 (:11.81), Dylan Baumbach the 200 (:24.51), Sam Brunoehler the 110 high hurdles (:17.17) and Mason Kellogg in the 1600 run (5:21.81).
For the second-place Serena boys, A.J. Kuhn won the 800 and joined Brandon Franzen, Trent Johnson and Zach Aurenz in the top 400 relay foursome and Franzen, Trent Johnson and Brock Klinge in the 1600 relay.
The Sandwich girls also had a strong day, totaling eight firsts on their way to a runner-up 72.5 points.
The Lady Indians took first in four relays: Sarah Ness, Ezbeydy Rivera, Jillian Fuchs and Maddie Dawson in the 400 relay (:54.08); Rivera, Amanda Stacks, Maggie Rizzuto and Fuchs in the 800 relay (1:59.0); Dawson, Claire Roberts, Fuch and Schiera in the 1600 (4:20.97); and Cheyann Mitchell, Bailey Sherman, Maddy Leggett and Daniella Estrada in the 3200 relay (11:54.83).
Other first came from Schiera in the 800 (2:26.12), Ness in the 100 hurdles (:17.07), Catrina Mitchell in the discus (77-7) and Kenzie Wilson in the shot put (31-7).
Best for the fifth-place Serena girls was a second place by Elly Kuhn in the 1600.
Ottawa 14, Rochelle 1 (5 inn.)
At Rochelle, the Corsairs received a solid winning pitching effort from John Vandervort (5 IP, 0 ER, 7 K) and a pair of hits each from Jace Addis, Ty Trovero (three runs), Kadon Harth (home run, four RBIs), Bryr McMichael and T.J. McDonnell (two RBIs) to pick up the win. Evan Evola also drove in two runs for OHS.
Streator 12, Plano 0 (5 inn.)
At Plano, Bulldogs starting and winning pitcher Drew Schmitt (4-0) allowed just three hits with four strikeouts in three innings, while reliver Carter Pierce fanned four in two innings of no-hit work to led Streator (6-1, 3-0) to the Interstate Eight Conference triumph.
Damien Simmons led SHS at the plate with three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Mason Telford (three RBIs), Pierce (double, RBI), Sawyer Good and Trevor Sterling had two hits each.
Rochelle 7, Ottawa 4
At Rochelle, the Vikings received two-hit games from Bralen Pagakis, Michael Bruner (RBI), Matt Ahearn (RBI), and Adan Weitzel in the loss to the Hubs. Preston Thompson struck out five in four innings, Andrew Shehorn fanned three in two innings, while Kenrick Gage took the loss.
On Tuesday, the Vikings pounded out 12 hits, including three each by Levi Sholders (double, three RBIs, three stolen bases) and Ahern (two doubles), in defeating the Hubs 12-4. Ethan Regan singled, homered and knocked in three runs; Briar Naggs doubled, tripled and drove in a pair; Shehorn doubled and Weitzel had a sacrifice fly for OHS. Bruner earned the win on the mound (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K).
Fresh/soph boys tennis
Sterling 3, Ottawa 2
At Sterling, the Corsairs fell to 1-1 in NIB 12 action with the road loss to the Golden Warriors.
Ottawa recieved wins from Sam Walker at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-4 over Isaac Jensen) and the No. 1 doubles team of Sam Barron and Regan Linde (3-6, 6-4, 10-3 over Jonas Hicks and Kyle Turley).
Corsairs' Nicolas Taylor fell to Sterling's Diego Peavy (6-2, 6-4) at No. 2 singles; Tanner Ditchfield and Micah Hortega lost at No. 2 doubles (6-1, 6-0) to Jacob Knott and Dmitry Jakobs; and the No. 3 doubles duo of Noah Mansour and Charlie Messino (6-2, 7-5) came up short to Daxtun Heier and Caleb Johnson. Vadim Cheli won an exhibition singles match, while Ditchfield and Hortega capture an exhibition doubles match for OHS.
Fresh/soph boys track and field
Ottawa 63, Marengo 53
At King Field, the Corsairs used individual wins from Johnny Walsh (110 hurdles, :19.37), Collyn Gustafson (100, :11.62) and (200, :24.15) and Jake Ovanic (discus, 99-4), plus victories in the 400, 800 and 1600 relays to top the Indians. Seconds went to Ulicis Perez (100), Keegan Nagle (800), Walsh (300 hurdles), Luke Kaminski (high jump), Ovanic (shot put) and Preston Walker (discus).
Sauk Valley 3, IVCC 0
IVCC 6, Sauk Valley 5
At Dixon, the Lady Eagles split an Arrowhead Conference twin bill with the Skyhawks.
IVCC (8-10, 1-7) was shut out on six hits in the opener with Fieldcrest High School graduate Lauren Tjaden (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) suffering the loss. In the afternooncap, the Lady Eagles pounded out 10 hits to back winning pitcher and Marquette Academy alumnas Maddie Dougherty (2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), with Tjaden (2/3 IP) earning the save.
JUCO women's basketball
IVCC's Pohar named NJCAA DII All-American
IVCC head women's basketball coach Tom Ptak announced Thursday that St. Bede Academy graduate and Lady Eagles sophomore guard Julia Pohar has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American Third Team. Pohar, who was the Arrowhead Conference Most Valuable Player, averaged 21.4 points and sank 84.5 percent from the free-throw line which helped IVCC to a co-conference championship and an 18-11 overall record.