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AREA ROUNDUP: Streator 2nd, Seneca 3rd at inaugural Cavalier Classic

LA SALLE — Four of The Times area's SHS boys track and field teams — Streator, Sandwich, Seneca and Serena — competed Wednesday in the rescheduled La Salle-Peru Cavalier Classic, with Streator (98 team points) finishing runner-up, Seneca (92) placing third and Sandwich (89) coming in fourth of the seven teams present. Host L-P (119 team points) claimed its inaugural title.

Streator was led by top-three finishes from Adrian Jones (1st 800, 2:08.96), Tre Rathbun (3rd high jump, 5-6; 1st long jump, 21-4 1/2; 1st triple jump, 41-5), Coltin Grace (3rd triple jump, 40-10), the 400 relay team of Kobie Webb, Rathbun, Tavarre Phifer and Coltin Grace (2nd, :45.07), the 400 throwers relay team of Isaac Beals, Bryce Peacher, Nolan Williamson and Haydyn Rathbun (3rd, :56.76), the 800 relay team of Webb, Chris Dukes, Phifer and Grace (3rd, 1:37.93) and the 1600 relay team of Dukes, Grace, Webb and Jones (2nd, 3:44.72).

For Seneca, top-threes came courtesy of Jace Casey (3rd 100, :12.38), Erik Bendt (2nd 200, :24.22; 3rd 400, :56.23), Brendan Stroud (3rd 800, 2:14.99), Christopher Collet (1st 1600, 5:01.03; 1st 3200, 10:36.50), Wyatt Baldauf (3rd 1600, 5:05.45; 3rd 3200, 11:16.30), the 400 relay team of Steve Bartkus, Logan Vandenberg, Isaac Brockman, Isaac Marques (2nd, :53.32), the 1600 relayers Nate Armbrust, Mason Dooley, Collet and Trey Thorsen (3rd, 3:44.72), Vandenberg (3rd discus, 123-11) and Armbrust (3rd long jump, 19-8 1/2; 2nd triple jump, 41-5).

Sandwich recieved top-threes from Dylan Baumbach (2nd 400, :52.34), the 400 relay team of Sam Brunoehler, Max Pinkowski, Baumbach and Seth Randa (3rd, :45.75), Derek Murphy (1st shot put, 47-5), Saed Sejdiu (3rd shot put, 42-1 1/2), Levi Franklin (1st discus, 133-5), Jonathan Pyka (2nd discus, 124-0), Jayden McCulskie (2nd high jump, 5-8) and Trent Katzel (3rd pole vault, 10-0).

Seventh-place Serena received a pair of top-two finishes from A.J. Kuhn (2nd 800, 2:11.34; 1st high jump, 5-10).

Softball

Ottawa 9, Minooka 5

At Minooka, the visiting Lady Pirates improved to 21-3 on the season with the nonconference road win.

Sloan Gayan singled, homered, scored three runs and drove home three, while both Molly Harris and Bailey Simpson drove home two Ottawa runs. Jenna Nink, Jazzy Bowman and Lauren Carlson contributed two hits apiece, Carlson driving in a run while Bowman and Nink scored two apiece.

Abby Bukantis (4 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K) earned the pitching win, with Gayan (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K) picking up the three-quality-innings save.

Newark 11, Serena 2

At Newark, the host Lady Norsemen scored early and the host Lady Norsemen scored late in the Little Ten Conference victory.

Nikki Kala provided two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored for Newark, with Alyssa Schofield going 3-for-3 and scoring thrice. Becca Sweeney also had two hits, with Sophie Schomer (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K) pitching the win.

Susan Tuftie drove in a run for Serena. Emily Hook (6 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 4 K) suffered the loss in the circle.

Somonauk 19, Kirkland Hiawatha 1 (5 inn.)

At Kirkland, the Lady Bobcats wrapped up an undefeated run through the Little Ten in style, breaking things open with a nine-run top of the third.

Mary Seville (3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief of Tayler Fall (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K). Fall with three hits (including a triple) and three RBIs, Katy Tripp with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs, Claire Lamb with two hits, Chloe Kulton with two hits and four runs scored, and Kylie Butler with two runs batted in led Somonauk's 15-hit attack.

Wilmington 5, Sandwich 4

At Wilmington, the Lady Indians led 1-0 after one inning and tied it 4-4 in the top of the fifth before being edged in the Interstate Eight Conference tilt.

Brianna Avery singled, tripled and scored three runs for Sandwich. Lixy Lopez added a pair of singles, with Grace Schmidt (6 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 4 K) suffering the pitching loss.

Baseball

E-L-PP 7, Westmont 5

In nonconference play, the host Red Raiders scored all seven of their runs over the opening two innings and held on for the win. Jared Pickert singled, doubled and drove home four E-L-PP runs, with Tyler Bretsch, Justin Shannon and Tim McNally also tallying RBIs. Bretsch (4 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win, with Davis Sweeney (3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K) picking up the save.

Somonauk 8, Kirkland Hiawatha 0

At Kirkland, the unbeaten Little Ten champion Bobcats (17-0-1, 14-0) scored in the first, third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings and received a complete-game shutout from winning pitcher Steven Kenyon (7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K).

Sam Brooks had two singles, three stolen bases and an RBI, Liam Roberts singled and scored twice, and Clayton Morris singles and drove home two for Somonauk.

WFC 3, R-B/LW 2

At Roanoke, Kyle Voytko tagged a three-run homer in the top of the third and pitchers Mason Ewing (win, 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 3 K) and Clayton Sibert (save, 2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 K) made it hold up for the Tri-County Conference triumph.

Tyler Jenkins also added a pair of singles for Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (9-10 overall, 6-6 TCC).

Sandwich 17, Wilmington 12 (8 inn.)

At Wilmington, the visiting Indians scored eight in the top of the first and five in the top of the eighth to outlast the Wildcats.

Christopher Schiera doubled, homered and drove home four runs for Sandwich, with Jake Pfaff singling, homering and also driving home four. Austin Salemi added three signles, Jackson Murphy, Zach Hix (two RBIs) and Hayden Isham tagged two hits apiece, and Sean Smith (2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K) pocketed the pitching win.

JV/sophomore baseball

Marquette 20, St. Bede 3 (5 inn.)

At St. Bede, Marquette (16-1) closed its season paced by Grant Waldron (single, triple, two RBIs), Shane Reynolds (single, double, three RBIs), John Thompson (single, double, three RBIs), Jake Thomas (single, double), Jay Scott (two singles, three RBIs), Victor Mullen (three RBIs) and the pitching of Jalen Flavel (complete game, 1 ER, 4 K).

Freshman baseball

Streator 21, Dwight 3 (5 inn.)

In frosh play, Tyler Halgren allowed one earned run over two innings and tallied four hits and two RBIs for the Bullpups. Ben Hagi (three RBIs) and Tony Rath (two RBIs) had three hits each; Mason Telford singled and tripled; and Damien Simmons (two RBIs) and Sawyer Good (five RBIs) added two hits apiece.

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