BIG ROCK — The Somonauk Bobcats baseball team punched its ticket into the regional finals, defeating Little Ten Conference rival Serena 7-2 in Wednesday's semifinals to earn a Saturday title-game date with top-seeded Elgin Academy.
"Great team win with error-free baseball," said Somonauk head coach Troy Felton. "Terrific outing by Steven (Kenyon) on the mound, and a huge boost with back-to-back home runs in the sixth (inning) by Nolan (Wegener) and Steven (Kenyon)."
Kenyon (6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 K) notched the pitching win and homered to help his cause, also singling and doubling. Wegener also hit a solo homer, with Liam Roberts (triple, single, two RBIs) and Isaiah Nunez (two singles, RBI) also leading the Bobcats (16-5).
Ivan Stafford homered for Serena (9-16), with Brandt Faivre knocking two singles. Connor Baker also drove home a run and took the pitching loss, allowing six earned with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
"We played a good game," Huskers coach Chad Baker said. "Somonauk just outhit us."
Seneca 3, Wilmington 2
At the Seneca Class 2A Regional, the host Fighting Irish gutted out the one-run victory. Seneca advances into Saturday's regional championship game against Herscher, a 17-10, upset victor over Beecher.
Newark 10, Indian Creek 0
At the Elgin Harvest Christian 1A Regional at Judson University, the Norsemen blanked Little Ten Conference rival Indian Creek to move into Saturday's championship game.
Newark will play the hosts — a 7-1 winner over Yorkville Parkview in the other semifinal — with an early 10 a.m. first pitch for the title.
Ottawa 4, Geneseo 3
At Masinelli Field, the host Pirates (14-13) climbed back above .500 and notched the NIB 12 West victory on a walk-off winner.
Alex Stevenson drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Boys track and field
Uhl, Fieldcrest 3200s advance to state
At the Lewistown Class 1A Sectional, Woodland sophomore Kyle Uhl advanced to next week's IHSA State Meet in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 1/2 inch Wednesday. Uhl placed fourth and advanced with his qualifying toss.
Fieldcrest's 3200 relay team also advanced to Charleston, placing fifth with a qualifying time of 8 minutes, 26.58 seconds.
Rock Falls 7, Streator 6
At Rock Falls, the visiting Lady Bulldogs were dealt the nonconference road defeat, surrendering two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Anna Yanek and Grace Schmitz each slugged solo home runs for Streator. Ellie Magana doubled and drove home two runs. Hansen (2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 K) suffered the pitching loss in relief of starter Yanek (4 IP, 1 ER, 3 K).
Brimfield 6, Fieldcrest 1
At the Tremont Class 2A Regional, the Lady Knights were eliminated with the semifinal defeat.
Morris 2, Ottawa 1 (2OT)
At the La Salle-Peru Class 2A Regional semifinals on Tuesday, the Lady Pirates saw their season come to an end with a record of 10-7-2. Morris will play Geneseo — a 9-0 winner over the host Lady Cavs — for the regional title Friday.
Kaitlyn Falaney scored Ottawa's lone goal off a Destiny Crabbe assist. The goal was the 100th of Falaney's varsity career, an Ottawa High School record.