PEORIA — The Marquette Academy Crusaders continued their strong start to the season with a 6-0 Tri-County Conference victory over Peoria Christian here on Saturday.
Marquette (14-0, 5-0) received a solid starting outing from winning pitcher Shane Reynolds (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) with relief help from Bryce Jones (1 IP, 1 K) to keep the Crusaders unbeaten both overall and on the loop. Michael Killelea led the MA 11-hit offense with three hits, including a double, and Luke Couch added a pair of singles. Kyle Cook doubled in two runs, Bryce Foster had two RBIs and Jack Snook and Connor Durdan each drove in tallies in the win.
Bradley-Bourbonnais 13, Ottawa 1 (5 inn.)
At Bradley, the host Boilermakers broke open a tied game with six runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to pick up the win.
The Pirates (8-9) recorded just four singles on the day, those coming from Wyatt Hill, Jared Herzog, Brandon Sauvageau and Ben Lundy. Drew Doermann (4.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) took the loss on the mound.
Prairie Central 11, Streator 6
At SHS Athletic Fields, the visiting Hawks broke open a 4-4 tie by scoring four in the second and two more in the third to earn the win.
Daniel Gonzalez (RBI) and Peyton Phillis (four stolen bases) each had two hits for the Bulldogs (8-6). Trevor Sember also had an RBI, while Drew Schmitt took the loss on the mound.
Serena 11, Hinckley-Big Rock 1 (5 inn.)
Serena 10, Hinckley-Big Rock 2
At Serena, the Huskers took advantage of 17 walks issued by Royals pitching and allowed just six hits themselves on the day to sweep the Little Ten Conference doubleheader.
Riley McNelis fanned five and gave up just a pair hits in winning the opener, while starter Jacob McVey (3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and winning pitcher Conner Holdiman (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) combined for the victory in the afternooncap.
Ivan Stafford had a pair of RBIs in game one, with Branden Franzen, A.J. Kuhn and Jack Rogers also driving in a run each. In game two, Preston Duffy had three hits, including two doubles, and knocked in a trio of runs for Serena (7-3). Greg Breese added two RBIs, with Connor Baker, Stafford and Brandt Faivre each posting an RBI.
Marquette 5, Peoria Christian 2
At Peoria, the Lady Crusaders improved to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Tri-County Conference with the triumph over the Lady Chargers.
Makenna Tkach earned the win in the circle after allowing just five hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out 12. Emily Owens had a pair of hits and RBI, Tkach helped herself with a run batted in, and Hannah Cowie tripled in a tally for the Lady Cru.
Seneca 8, Fieldcrest 0
Seneca 15, Princeton 1 (5 inn.)
At Seneca, the Lady irish improved to 16-1 on the season with dominating wins over the Lady Knights and Lady Tigers at the Seneca triangular.
Taylor Bushman (double, three RBIs) and Britney Helms had two hits each in the win over Fieldcrest, while Grace Flatness (6-0) went five strong innings in the circle allowing just one hit and fanning three. Anne Krull came on to give up three hits with three punchouts in the final two frames. Bushman (double) added three more hits in the triumph over Princeton, while Lyda Robinson (double) and Maggie Carpenter (double, triple) each had two hits. Krull earned the win (3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K), with Carpenter and Flatness each spinning a scoreless inning with two strike outs.
Serena 11, Hinckley-Big Rock 0 (3 inn.)
Serena 8, Hinckley-Big Rock 2
At Serena, the Lady Huskers (9-4, 8-3) recorded 18 hits while allowing just two in sweeping their Little Ten Conference doubleheader from the Lady Royals.
In the opener, Emily Hook posted a double, home run and three RBIs, while Kylie Shannon (double, two RBIs) and Malachi Staton (triple, two RBIs) also had two hits each. Winning pitcher Brianna Engel struck out five. In the afternooncap, Susan Tuftie had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs, while Elly Kuhn (double, two RBIs) and Hook (home run, RBI) each had a pair of hits. MacKenzie Harris (RBI) added a triple for Serena, while Hook (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) earned the pitching victory.
Newark 14, Hiawatha 4 (5 inn.)
Newark 12, Hiawatha 2 (5 inn.)
At Newark, the Lady Norsemen (8-2, 5-1) pounded out 27 hits, eight for extra bases, in their Little Ten Conference twinbill sweep of the Lady Hawks.
In the opener, Naomi Sweeney smacked a triple and grand slam while driving in seven runs to led the Newark attack. Riane Tomsa went 3-for-3, Alyssa Schofield (two RBIs) had a home run, Emily Schofield knocked in two and Nikki Kala doubled to back winning pitcher Sophie Schomer (2 IP, 0 H, 2 K), who had relieved starter Jocelyn Mitchell (3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). In game two, Alyssa Schofield (triple, two RBIs) and Tomsa (RBI) each posted three hits each for NHS, with Mitchell (RBI), Becca Sweeney (two doubles) and Emily Schofield (double, two RBIs) collecting two hits apiece. Schomer picked up the victory after allowing just two hits, two earned runs and striking out eight.
Rashid earns first for Streator at Princeton Invitational
At Princeton, Greg Rashid went a perfect 5-0 at No. 1 singles to capture first place, while Alex Granados finished fifth at No. 2 singles. The Bulldogs No. 2 doubles team of Tristan Geary and Caleb Hawthorne placed fifth and the No. 1 duo of Jason Houch and Max Baker finished sixth.
Streator 12, Fieldcrest 2
Streator 12, Prairie Central 2 (5 inn.)
At SHS Athletic Fields, the Bullpups improved to 11-2 on the season with a pair of home wins.
Tyler Halgren (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 K) pitched Streator to the win over Fieldcrest. Christian Bedecker (triple, two RBIs) had four hits, Payton Benning (three RBIs) three hits and Mason Benning (triple, four RBIs), Mason Telford (double) and Halgren (two RBIs) each posted two hits. Tony Rath (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K) earned the win against Prairie Central. Telford and Sawyer Good (two RBIs) had two hits, Mason Benning doubled, with Bedecker and Halgren each singling in a pair of tallies.
Sycamore 10, Ottawa 4
Ottawa 4, Sycamore 0
At King Field, the Vikings split a doubleheader with visiting Sycamore.
Ethan Regan and Adam Weitzel had two hits each in the opener. Michael Bruner doubled, Matt Ahearn had two RBIs and Briar Naggs knocked in a run. Starter Preston Thompson (5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 K) and reliever Andrew Shehorn (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1K) held the visitors in check in the afternooncap, while Thompson and Noah Smith recorded an RBI.