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Prep Sports

AREA ROUNDUP: Seneca softball still hot, clobbers Peotone

SENECA — The Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A No. 7 state-ranked Seneca Lady Irish posted their 20th win of the season Friday afternoon and remained perfect in Interstate Eight Conference play by beating the Peotone Blue Devils 16-0 in five innings.

Maggie Carpenter, who recorded the win in the circle (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K), went 4-for-4 at the plate to pace the Seneca (20-1 overall, 9-0 I-8) offense. Grace Flatness and Cassidy Draves both hit two-run homers and drove in three runs apiece. Kylie Winsor doubled twice and had two runs batted in. Taylor Bushman added a pair of hits as well.

WFC 15, Midland 0 (5 inn.)

At Varna, the Warriors scored eight runs during their initial two trips up to bat and then put up seven more in the third inning to beat the Timberwolves in five innings in a Tri-County Conference game.

Audrey Jenkins went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two runs batted in and three runs scored to lead the Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (10-8, 7-3) offense. Jasmine Easton and Kaitlyn Walter were both 2-for-3. Emily Friese had three RBIs and Shea Moritz a pair.

Morgan Schwahn (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K) was credited with the win in the circle in relief of starter Friese (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K).

Somonauk 19, Hiawatha 0 (5 inn.)

At Somonauk, the ICA Class 1A top-ranked Lady Bobcats put up 10 runs in the first inning en route to the Little Ten Conference win over the Hawks in five innings.

Shelby Peritore went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and three runs batted in to lead the Somonauk offense. Kali Stadler (double, three RBIs), Tayler Fall (2-for-2, two RBIs) and Katy Tripp (2-for-3) all added a pair of hits. Marta Salgado tripled and had two RBIs. Sydni Frederick and Chloe Kulton (three runs scored) both doubled.

Fall (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded the win in the circle.

Serena 9, Gardner-South Wilmington 5

At Gardner, the Lady Huskers plated a trio of runs each during the third and seventh innings of their nonconference win over the Lady Panthers.

Kylie Shannon (3-for-5) and Kaitlyn Fuchs (3-for-4) had three hits apiece, including a triple each, to lead the Serena (10-6) offense. Shannon, Fuchs and Taylor Staton all had two runs batted in.

Brianna Engel went the distance in the circle to record the win. She allowed five earned runs and six hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts.

Newark 9, Indian Creek 1

At Shabbona, the Lady Norsemen broke open a 3-1 game with a six-run seventh inning to beat the Timberwolves in LTC play.

Alyssa Schofield (3-for-3) and Riane Tomsa (3-for-4) had three hits apiece and two runs batted in each to lead the Newark (11-2, 8-1) offense. Naomi Sweeney and Sophie Schomer (2-for-3) each had a pair of hits.

Schomer went the distance in the circle to record the win. She allowed one earned run and six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Fisher 1, Fieldcrest 0

At Minonk, the Knights were edged by the Bunnies in a Heart of Illinois Conference contest.

Emma Lorton, who gave up three hits and struck out 12 batters, was dealt the loss in the circle.

Baseball

WFC 17, Midland 6 (6 inn.)

At Varna, the Warriors built a 9-2 advantage through three innings and later put up an eight-spot during the sixth to beat the Timberwolves in six innings in a Tri-County Conference game.

Tyler Jenkins (three runs batted in) and Chandler Hillebrenner had three hits apiece to lead the Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (6-7, 5-4) offense. Mason Ewing (two doubles, two RBIs), Clayton Sibert and Brad Simpson all added a pair of hits.

Kyle Voytko went the distance on the mound to get the win. He allowed six earned runs and nine hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Serena 5, Gardner-South Wilmington 4

At Gardner, the Huskers scored five times during their final two at-bats to defeat the Panthers in a nonconference game.

Connor Baker (triple) and Trace Berggren (two-run homer, double) were both 2-for-3 at the plate and each crossed the plate twice to lead the Serena (9-4) offense. Preston Duffy had a three-run homer.

Ivan Stafford (3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K) got the win on the mound in relief of starter Berggren (3 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K).

Somonauk 13, Hiawatha 3 (5 inn.)

At Somonauk, the Bobcats moved to 10-0 in Little Ten Conference play and 13-0-1 overall by beating the Hawks in five innings.

Steven Kenyon (3-for-3, double, four runs batted in) and Sam Brooks (3-for-4) had three hits apiece to lead the Somonauk offense. Isaiah Nunez (2-for-3, three RBIs), Brady Kreiter (home run, three RBIs) and Nolan Wegener all added a pair of hits.

Andrew Johnson (3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 6 K) got the win on the mound.

Indian Creek 12, Newark 2 (5 inn.)

At Shabbona, the Norsemen fell to the Timberwolves in five innings in an LTC game.

Corey Jacobson was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run batted in for Newark. Connor Swanson (3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 4 K) took the pitching loss.

Fieldcrest 6, Fisher 5

At Wenona, the Knights scored three times in the home half of the seventh — including on a game-ending bases-loaded walk coaxed by Landon Cook — to defeat the Bunnies in a Heart of Illinois Conference contest.

Michael Morse, who went the distance on the mound to get the win (5 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 K), had a pair of hits to lead the Fieldcrest (6-6, 4-4) offense. Matt Cook and Landon Cook each had two runs batted in.

Boys tennis

Geneseo 4, Ottawa 1

At Geneseo, the Pirates fell to Geneseo in their NIB 12 finale. They finished league play with a 4-3 record.

Posting the lone win for Ottawa was Jack Marvel at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-1 over Mason Miller)

Track and field

Indians compete in Sycamore

The Sandwich Indians finished fifth out of eight schools in the Seegars Classic.

Finishing runner-up for Sandwich were Dylan Baumbach in the 400 (52.32 seconds), Sam Brunoehler in the 300 hurdles (43.38 seconds), Derek Murphy in the shot put (50 feet, 6 inches), Levi Franklin in the discus (148-3), Jayden McCulskie in the high jump (5-11), and the quartet of Brady Butler, Brunoehler, McCulskie and Baumbach in the 1600 relay (3 minutes, 44.25 seconds).

Placing third were Brunoehler in the 110 hurdles (16.77 seconds), and McCulskie in both the long jump (18-11.75) and triple jump (40-9.5).

JUCO softball

IVCC 7, Black Hawk 0

Black Hawk 3, IVCC 2

At Moline, the Eagles split an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader with Black Hawk College.

IVCC won the opener 7-0. Luciana Mautino went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Eagles' offense. Streator High School graduate Brenna McCann (2-for-3) and Maty Nowakowski added a pair of hits and two runs batted in apiece. Fieldcrest High School alumna Lauren Tjaden pitched a seven-hit shutout. She didn't walk a batter and struck out two.

IVCC was edged 3-2 in the second contest. McCann went 3-for-3. Mautino and Allison Shirley (two RBIs) each had two hits. Marquette Academy product Maddie Dougherty (7 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 4 K) took the pitching loss.

JV baseball

Marquette 13, Seneca 2 (5 inn.)

At Seneca, John Thompson went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and three runs batted in to lead the Marquette (9-1) offense during its win over Seneca. Carter Spears (triple, two RBIs), Nick Melvin and Shane Reynolds all added a pair of hits.

Jay Scott went the distance on the mound to get the win. He struck out five batters.

Frosh/soph boys tennis

Geneseo 4, Ottawa 1

At Geneseo, the Corsairs fell to Geneseo in their NIB 12 finale. They finished league play with a 3-4 record.

Posting the lone win for Ottawa was Vadim Cheli at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-2 over Tim Lehman).

THURSDAY

Rockets stop Marquette's streak at 16, 2-1

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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