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AREA ROUNDUP: Crusaders split twinbill with Sandwich; Lady Crusaders sweep past Heyworth

OTTAWA — The Marquette Crusaders split a doubleheader with the Sandwich Indians on Saturday at Masinelli Field.

Sandwich (8-10) took the opener 6-2. Sean Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Indians' offense. Wyatt Murphy and Jackson Murphy both doubled. Austin Salemi (4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K) got the win on the mound. Wyatt Murphy (2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K) notched the save.

Bryce Foster had a double for Marquette. Bryce Jones (6 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K) took the pitching loss.

The Crusaders (17-2) won the second game 6-4. Nate Melvin, Luke Couch (triple) and Haydon Price (2-for-3, double, two runs scored) all had a pair of hits to lead the Marquette offense. Logan Komater and Connor Durdan each had two runs batted in. Shane Reynolds (6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K) got the win. Komater (1 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K) notched the save.

Christopher Schiera had two hits, including a triple, for the Indians. Hayden Isham had a triple as well and two RBIs. Jackson Murphy (6 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 11 H, 1 BB, 2 K), who had a double, took the loss.

Morris 15, Ottawa 1 (5 inn.)

At Morris, the Pirates fell to the Redskins in five innings in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference crossover game.

Wyatt Hill was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored for Ottawa (9-12). Logan Cheatham and Jared Herzog tallied the other hits. Tyler Carson (1 2/3 IP, 9 R, 6 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 0 K) took the pitching loss.

Softball

Marquette 9, Heyworth 4

Marquette 15, Heyworth 0 (5 inn.)

At Heyworth, the ICA Class 1A No. 10 state-ranked Lady Crusaders (12-4) swept a doubleheader versus the 11th-rated Lady Hornets.

Marquette took the opener 9-4. Emily Owens went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and three runs scored to lead the Lady Crusaders' offense. Allie Snook was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Ellen Wheatland tripled and had two runs batted in. Makenna Tkach (4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K) is credited with the win in the circle in relief.

Marquette won the second game 15-0 in five innings. Emma Thomas went 4-for-4 to lead the Lady Crusaders' offense. Makena McConnaughhay added a pair of hits, including a double. Aubrey McCallum tripled and had two RBIs. Snook (four RBIs) and Abbey Owens both doubled. Tkach (5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 11 K) got the win.

Yorkville 10, Streator 2

Yorkville 14, Streator 1 (5 inn.)

At SHS Athletic Fields, the Lady Bulldogs (6-15) were swept by the Lady Foxes in a doubleheader.

Streator lost the opener 10-2. Aubrey Durdan went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Lady Bulldogs. Tessa McClellan (double), Grace Schmitz (2-for-3, two doubles) and Megan Gubbels all had a pair of hits. Anna Yanek (7 IP, 10 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 0 K) took the pitching loss.

Streator fell 14-1 in five innings in the second game. Durdan (5 IP, 14 R, 8 ER, 20 H, 0 BB, 3 K), who was 2-for-2, took the loss. Yanek had a double.

Sandwich 5, Earlville-Leland 3

Sandwich 3, Earlville-Leland 1

At Earlville, the Lady Indians (9-6) swept a doubleheader versus the Raiders (11-5).

Sandwich took the opener 5-3. Grace Schmidt, Ava Knepper and Maddie Card accounted for the Lady Indians' three hits. Brianna Avery scored a pair of runs. Schmidt (7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 7 K) recorded the win in the circle.

Skyler Brue and Emily Cook had two hits each for Earlville-Leland. Taylor Weymouth had a double. Kennedy Meloy (7 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 1 K) took the pitching loss.

Sandwich won the second game 3-1. Tara Bohnstedt and Megan Schwartz each hit a solo home run to lead the Lady Indians' offense. Cook and Julia Niles (2-for-3) had two hits each for the Raiders. Haley Michael (7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 K) took the loss.

Illinois Lutheran 10, Newark 7

Newark 11, Illinois Lutheran 0 (6 inn.)

At Crete, the Lady Norsemen (12-3) split a doubleheader with the Chargers.

Newark lost the opener 10-7. Nikki Kala went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted for the Lady Norsemen. Alyssa Schofield, Naomi Sweeney (double, two RBIs) and Sophie Schomer all had a pair of hits. Kaitlyn Hatteberg and Emily Schofield each had a double. Cassidy Adams (3 IP, 8 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K) took the pitching loss.

Newark won the second game 11-0 in six innings. Alyssa Schofield (2-for-3, double), Riane Tomsa (triple), Naomi Sweeney (two RBIs), Kala (three RBIs) and Becca Sweeney (two RBIs) all had a pair of hits to lead the Lady Norsemen offense. Schomer recorded the win in the circle.

Boys tennis

Pirates compete in Lincoln-Way East Invite

The Ottawa Pirates competed in the Lincoln-Way East Invitational.

Ottawa's Jack Marvel and Nate Meyer finished eighth out of 24 teams at No. 1 doubles, while Andrew Hancock and Declan McGettigan were ninth at No. 2.

Final team standings were not available as of Sunday night.

Track and field

Lady Pirates compete in Sterling

The Ottawa Lady Pirates finished sixth out of eight schools in the 68th annual Sterling Night Relays on Friday at Roscoe Eades Stadium.

Ottawa got third-place finishes in the discus (Sam Satterfield, Jayden Mussato and Sammy Straith; 286 feet, 11 inches) and the 300 hurdles relay (Toni Edwards-Froisland, Abby Quinn and Emily Walker; 2 minutes, 46.99 seconds).

JUCO men's tennis

The Illinois Valley Community College Eagles defeated Elgin Community College 6-3 on Sunday to advance to nationals.

Posting singles wins for IVCC were Aaron Pellican at No. 1, Joe LaShonse at No. 2, Mason Clark at No. 3 and Streator High School graduate Theron Moran at No. 6. Notching doubles victories were Pellican and Clark at No. 1, and LaShonse and Nick Needs at No. 2.

JUCO softball

IVCC 10, Kishwaukee 5

Kishwaukee 7, IVCC 5

At Malta on Sunday, the Eagles (16-16, 11-11) split an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader with Kishwaukee College.

IVCC took the opener 10-5. Brianna Lau went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Eagles' offense. Streator High School graduate Brenna McCann and Fieldcrest High School alumna Lauren Tjaden, who recorded the win in the circle (7 IP, 5 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 9 K), both doubled.

IVCC lost the second game 7-5. McCann and Allison Shirley had two hits each for the Eagles. Marquette Academy product Maddie Dougherty (6 IP, 7 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 6 BB, 4 K) took the pitching loss.

Sophomore/JV baseball

Streator 12, Sandwich 1 (5 inn.)

At Sandwich on Friday, Streator moved to 8-2 in I-8 play and 13-3 overall with its win over Sandwich in five innings.

Drew Schmitt (five runs batted in) and Christian Bedecker had three hits apiece to lead the Streator offense. Mason Telford and Logan Williamson (three RBIs) each added a pair of hits. Mason Benning and Tony Rath both doubled.

Schmitt (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 8 K) got the win on the mound.

WFC 9, Serena 7

At Serena, Jake Albertson had a pair of hits to lead the Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (3-1) offense during its win over Serena. Mason Ewing (two runs batted in, three runs scored) and Brandon Wargo doubled. Clayton Sibert had three RBIs. Trevor Derossett (3 BB, 4 K) got the win on the mound in relief.

JV softball

Lady Corsairs place 3rd in Washington

The Ottawa Lady Corsairs won three out of four games to place third in the Washington Tournament.

Ottawa defeated East Peoria 4-1 (Abby Bukantis winning pitcher) and Normal West 6-0 (Kylie Zoran win), lost to Washington 12-3, before beating Normal West 12-5 in the third-place game (Bukantis win).

Freshman baseball

Streator 2, Herscher 0

Streator 7, Herscher 0

Streator upped its record to 5-1 with its doubleheader sweep of Herscher.

Streator took the opener 2-0. Tony Rath (5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 7 K) got the win on the mound. Payton Benning had a hit and a run batted in to lead the offense.

Streator won the second game 7-0. Payton Benning and Mason Telford combined for a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts. Sawyer Good had a pair of hits and three RBIs to lead the offense. Damien Simmons had two RBIs.

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