MANTENO — The Seneca Lady Irish softball squad needed a big-time performance Thursday if it wanted to keep its winning streak going.
It gave one.
Seneca won its 20th straight, defeating Class 3A state-ranked Manteno 8-3 in Interstate Eight Conference play. The triumph lifted Seneca to 23-1 on the season, 12-0 in the Interstate Eight after what head coach Dan Stecken called "probably the best Irish performance of the year."
Maggie Carpenter (7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 7 K) earned the complete-game pitching victory. Offensive stars for Seneca included Lyda Robinson (single, double, two RBIs), Cassidy Draves (two singles), Britney Helms (two RBIs) and Hayley Wilson (single, double).
Earlville-Leland 7, LaMoille 4
At Earlville, a four-run home half of the fourth led the Lady Raiders (14-6 overall, 10-3 Little Ten Conference) to victory.
Julia Niles doubled, drove in three runs and scored two more for E-L, with Skyler Brue (single, double), Emily Cook (double, RBI), Haley Michael (two singles) and Makenzie Farley (triple) also pacing the attack. Michael (3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 K) and Kennedy Meloy (3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 2 K) shared circle duties.
Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw 12, LaMoille 2 (6 inn.)
At Earlville, the host Red Raiders received two singles, a triple, two runs scored and four runs batted in courtesy of Brennan Sweeney — also the complete-game winning pitcher with zero earned runs allowed and 12 strikeouts — in the Little Ten victory.
Grant Campbell knocked two hits and scored three runs, Davis Sweeney doubled twice and added a single, and Keegan Johnson tallied two RBIs for Earlville-Leland.
Marquette 9, Midland 1
At Masinelli Field, the host Crusaders (20-2) took the lead with three in the first and all but put it away with five in the fourth to reach 20 wins.
Bryce Jones (4 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K) earned the pitching win, with Connor Durdan (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K) notching the three-quality-innings save. Bryce Foster doubled, drove home two runs and scored three, Nick Melvin was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and both Nate Melvin and Logan Komater singled and scored twice.