JACKSONVILLE — The Marquette Crusaders baseball team opened its season with a 4-1 victory over the Mendon Unity Mustangs on Friday afternoon at Lenz Field.
Bryce Jones got the win on the mound. He surrendered an unearned run and one hit with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings pitched. Connor Durdan (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K) notched the save.
Haydon Price doubled and drove in a run for Marquette (1-0), which returns to action with two games Saturday. Luke Couch tallied the Crusaders' other hit. Logan Komater had an RBI as well.
Yorkville 8, Marquette 3
At Lenz Field in Jacksonville, the Lady Crusaders were defeated in their season opener by the Lady Foxes.
Aubrey McCallum had a double and scored two runs for Marquette (0-1). Ellen Wheatland, Paige Cottingim and Mallory Martini had the Lady Crusaders' runs batted in.
Makenna Tkach (7 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 13 H, 3 BB, 9 K) took the loss in the circle.
Hill 3rd Team; Deverteuil, Braddish Special Mention All-State by IBCA
A trio of Times-area players were recognized as Class 3A All-Staters by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced on Friday.
Ottawa senior Wyatt Hill was a Third Team choice. The Pirates' floor general averaged 9.2 points per game, in addition to handing out 4.7 assists per game.
Ottawa senior Dakota Deverteuil was Special Mention. The lockdown Pirate defender averaged 11 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Sandwich senior Jimmy Braddish was also Special Mention. The Indians' sharpshooter averaged 19.1 points per game — shooting 41 percent from 3-point range and 91 percent from the free-throw line.
No Times-area players finished on the First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention on the Associated Press Class 3A All-State Team, released Thursday afternoon.
McDonnell drains 7 at Showdown
At Carver Arena in Peoria, state-qualifying Ottawa junior TJ McDonnell had a nice showing with seven made 3-pointers in the Class 3A State preliminaries of the Country Financial 3-Point Showdown, but did not advance to Friday's final as two players in his group sank more of their 15 attempts.
La Salle-Peru senior Bob Huber also qualified for the 3A State prelims, draining eight shots but not advancing.