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AREA ROUNDUP: Crusaders fall for first time; WFC baseball, softball win

ROANOKE — The Marquette Crusaders had their undefeated regular and Tri-County Conference seasons snapped with a 2-1 loss to Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn here on Thursday afternoon.

Marquette (16-1, 6-1) trailed 2-0 heading to the top of the sixth as the Rockets scored an unearned run in the third and added a tally on a wild pitch in the fifth off Crusaders starting and losing pitcher John Thompson (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Marquette cut the lead in half in the sixth, as Luke Couch started the frame with a single, moved to second on a base hit by Logan Komater and scored on Zach Dyche's single to left. However, R-B/L-W starting and winning pitcher Daniel Kennell (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6K) induced back-to-back grounders to end the threat and then stranded a Crusaders runner on second base in the seventh.

Kyle Cook had two of Marquette's six hits.

WFC 6, Henry-Senachwine 1

At rural Streator, the Warriors (5-7, 4-4) recorded 10 hits to back winning pitcher Chandler Hillebrenner (3-2) in the Tri-County Conference triumph over the Mallards.

Hillebrenner, who had two hits, allowed just one run, scattered six hits, walked two and struck out seven in the complete-game effort. Kyle Voytko (double), Cody Dodge (double, RBI) and Jake Albertson also had two hits apiece, while Mason Ewing had a double and three RBIs.

Crossroads Christian 13, Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw 10

At Earlville, the Red Raiders jumped for three runs in the first frame, but the visitors used a huge eight-run fourth to claim the victory.

Brennan Sweeney paced E-L-PP with a single, double and pair of RBIs, with Jared Pickert (three RBIs, two stolen bases), losing pitcher Justin Shannon (RBI) and Carter Imel also posting a pair of hits. Grant Campbell added an RBI and three stolen bases for the hosts. Sweeney started and fanned four in three innings, while Campbell struck out three in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Indian Creek 12, Newark 7

At Newark, the Norsemen and Timberwolves were tied 5-5 after three innings before the visitors outscored the hosts 7-2 the rest of the way to claim the Little Ten win.

Dalton Reibel was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Newark, with Connor Swanson (triple, RBI), Dylan Tuttle and Jared Slivka recording two hits each. Losing pitcher Jacob Slivka (4IP, 11 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) singled in two runs, while Brett Myre had an RBI base hit and Ethan Jeffers allowed just three hits and one run in three innings of relief for Newark.

Softball

Marquette 12, Lowpoint-Washburn 0 (5 inn.)

At Washburn, the Lady Crusaders (10-4, 7-0) scored in every inning, including five in the first and four more in the second, pounded out 15 hits and used a complete-game shutout in the circle by Mallory Martini (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) to record the Tri-County Conference win.

Allie Snook led the Marquette attack at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Makena McConnaughhay had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs, and Makenna Tkach added three hits and a run knocked in. Paige Cottingham (double, RBI) and Ellen Wheatland each had two hits, while Aubrey McCallum, Hannah Cowie and Abbey Owens posted an RBI apiece.

WFC 7, Henry-Senachwine 4

At rural Streator, the Warriors (9-8, 6-3) plated all seven runs over the first two innings in their Tri-County Conference triumph over the Lady Mallards.

Shea Moritz led the WFC 12-hit attack with her 3-for-3 day that included a triple and three RBIs. Elise Kane and Emily Friese (double, two RBIs) each had two hits, with Sydnee Plesko blasting a two-run double. August Gillman earned the complete-game victory in the circle after allowing just two earned runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six.

Tri-Valley 3, Fieldcrest 1

At Minonk, Emma Lorton struck out seven and Alayna Fuchs had an RBI, but the Lady Knights fell in the HOIC matchup with the Lady Vikings.

Track and Field

Irish, Lady Irish easily win seven-team event

At Seneca, both the Seneca boys and girls track and field teams performed well in topping the leaderboard at the end of their seven-team event. The Irish scored 253 points, with Plano (154) and Morris (144) ahead of Marquette (16), Somonauk (14) and Serena (4). The Lady Irish netted 328 points, well ahead of Morris (81), Plano (70), Marquette (24), Hinckley-Big Rock (23) and Serena (19).

On the boys side, Seneca had first-place finishes from Ben Kruse (800-meter run, 2 minutes, 9.5 seconds), Owen Barnett (100, :54.23), Christopher Collet (1600, 4:39), Jace Casey (200, :24.68) and Logan Vandenberg (discus, 128 feet, 6 inches). Marquette had Gareth Kent finish third in the 400 (:56.90) and Lucas Hoffman fourth in the 3200 (11:01.6). Somonauk's Noah Gabrys placed second in the 200 (:24.78) and fourth in the 100 (:12.04).

In the girls event, Seneca received two firsts apiece from Brooklyn Giertz in both the 100 hurdles (:17.92) and 300 hurdles ( :51.60); Mara Bruno in the 100 (:13.04) and 200 (:26.96); and Alex Draves in the discus (120-2) and shot put (32-10). Also earning first-place finishes for the Lady Irish were Natalie Carajohn (400, 1:05.43), Lexi Greve (high jump, 5-0), Grace Alley (triple jump, 35-6) and Eve Odum (pole vault, 9-6). The Lady Crusaders had Sarah Smith earn a second in the shot put (31-2) and Sarah Lechtenberg a fourth in the 1600 (6:22.92). Serena's Kallie Cantlin placed third in the high jump (4-6) and fourth in the 400 (1:11.43).

Boys tennis

Ottawa 3, Rochelle 2

At the King Field courts, the Pirates used wins in all three doubles matches to earn the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory over the Hubs.

At No. 1 doubles, Ottawa's Nate Meyer and Logan Olszewski posted a 6-1, 6-0 win, followed by victories at No. 2 doubles by Declan McGettigan and Andrew Hancock (6-4, 6-4) and No. 3 doubles by Jonah Sharp and Tyler Olesen (6-1, 6-4).

Coal City 4, Streator 1

At Coal City, the Bulldogs fell in the road match to the Coalers.

Streator No. 1 singles player Grag Rashid picked up the lone win on the day, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6, over Xander Smith, to improve to 11-2 on the season.

JV softball

Geneseo 12, Ottawa 2

At Geneseo, the Lady Corsairs dropped the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference contest on the road to the Maple Leafs.

Fresh/soph boys tennis

Ottawa 5, Rochelle 0

At the King Field courts, the Corsairs improved to 3-3 in NIB 12 Conference play as Vadim Cheli picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of Sam Barron and Regan Linde recorded a 6-1, 6-3 triumph. Ottawa also received three forfeit wins from the Hubs. Sam Walker captured an exhibition match for OHS.

Freshman baseball

Streator 13, Seneca 3 (6 inn.)

At the SHS Athletic Fields, Mason Telford (double, triple) had four hits and five RBIs for the Bullpups (3-1), while Logan Williamson and Owen Mascal each had a double and two RBIs. Winning pitcher Tony Rath allowed a run and a hit in two innings, with Damien Simmons giving up just two hits in three innings of relief.

Kaneland 10, Ottawa 0 (6 inn.)

At Maple Park, losing pitcher Briar Naggs had the lone hit for the Vikings in the NIB 12 loss.

JUCO men's tennis
IVCC 7, Knox College 2

At Galesburg on Wednesday, Streator graduate T.J. Moran earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles to help the Eagles top the Prairie Fire.

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