NEWARK — The Sandwich Indians raced out to a 9-0 lead on neighboring Newark through the first three innings, but needed to score three runs in the top of the seventh and hold off the Norsemen in the bottom to capture a 15-14 slugfest win here on Saturday afternoon.
Sean Smith picked up the pitching victory in relief of Jackson Murphy, John Kruswicki and Austin Ford, stopping a five-run NHS rally with the game tied. After the Indians posted their three runs in the top, Andrew Gipe blanked them for the save.
Smith also pounded two doubles, scored twice and drove in two, while Murphy had a double, two singes, three runs and an RBI for Sandwich. Also, Jack Theurer collected two hits and three RBIs, Ford and Jaron Scheira each popped a double and single and Rex Avery drove in a pair in the win.
For the Norsemen, Brett Myre tagged two singles and drove in four runs, while Jacob Slivka hammered two doubles and drove in two. Jared Slivka and Tegan Kruger each chipped in two hits and Dylan Tuttle two RBIs in support of four pitchers, Kruger taking the loss after following Dalton Rebel, Tuttle and Luke Hauge to the mound. Of the 29 runs scored, only 15 were earned by the pitchers, seven by Sandwich.
Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell 6, El Paso/Gridley 3
At rural Streator, Kyle Voytko (2-1) picked up the complete game victory, working around 10 hits and two walks while striking out three for the Warriors.
Collin Hjerpe slammed a home run and a single, driving in two runs, while Brad Simpson added a double, two singles with two RBIs for WFC (3-9) at the plate.
Lady Pirates win 2 of 3 in Marengo
The ICA Class 3A top-ranked Ottawa Lady Pirates won two of their three games at the Marengo Invitational on Saturday.
Ottawa edged Marengo 4-3 in its opener. Zoe Harris was 2-for-3 at the plate with a homer and two runs batted in to lead the Lady Pirates' offense. Jenna Nink also had a pair of hits, including a double. Abby Bukantis (4 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K) recorded the win in the circle. Sloan Gayan (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K) notched the save.
Ottawa was then beaten 11-3 by the No. 1 rated team from Wisconsin, Oshkosh North and All-American Sydney Supple (7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 18 K), a Northwestern University signee. Nink went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBIs. Cassie Claus had a double. Gayan (5 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K) took the loss.
Ottawa (10-1) powered past 4A No. 19 state-ranked St. Charles East, 8-2, in its finale. Six Lady Pirates — Nink, Gayan (2-for-2, double, two runs scored), Molly Harris (3-for-4, two RBIs), Cassie Turk, Abi Claus (2-for-3, double) and Zoe Miller (two RBIs) — homered. Gayan went the distance to get the win. She allowed two earned runs and three hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts.
Newark 8, Sandwich 5
Sandwich 7, Newark 5
At Newark, the Lady Norsemen and Lady Indians split a doubleheader with the former using a three-run sixth and the latter a four-run fifth as keys in their respective wins.
In the opener, Skyler Chavoen (two RBIs) and Naomi Sweeney (double, RBI) each had a pair of hits for Newark with Emily Schofield adding a home run and winning pitcher Sophie Schomer (7 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) driving home two runs. For Sandwich, Casey Delphey went 4-for-4, Ava Knepper had three hits and pair of RBIs and losing pitcher Josie Gonzalez (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K) singled twice with two RBIs.
In the second game, Maggie Knepper (7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win in the circle for the Lady Indians, while Jordyn Thulin collected three hits and Ava Knepper singled and doubled. Gonzalez, Delphey and Sydney Estremera each posted two RBIs for SHS (5-8). Sweeney had three hits, Schofield and Kjersten Friestad two hits and two RBIs each for Newark (14-4), with Schomer suffering the complete-game loss despite allowing just one earned run and fanning eight.
Fieldcrest 2, Serena 0
Fieldcrest 7, Serena 5
At Serena, the Lady Knights swept a doubleheader from the Lady Huskers.
In Game 1, winning pitcher Alaina Tjaden (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) outdueled Taylor Staton (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) with the visitors scoring both their runs in the fifth.
In the second game, Alyiah Fuchs had three hits with winning hurler Tjaden (7 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), Addie Goodrich (double, three RBIs) and Kaya Buchanan posting two hits each. Serena's Katie Baker (triple, RBI) and Malachi Staton (double, RBI) each had three hits while Tori Pavnica drove in a pair of runs.
Marquette 6, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 5
Marquette 8, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 3
At Masinelli Field in Ottawa, the Crusaders scored four runs in the first and hung on behind the combined eight-hit pitching of Michael Scott, Tyler Linebeck and Nathan Kykendall. Victor Mullen had a triple and three RBIs at the plate in the win.
In Game 2, Marquette’s Jake Thomas and Logan Petre teamed up for a three-hitter, backed by eight hits. Beau Ewers (RBI) and Mullen (2B, 2 RBIs) each had two hits and Thomas drove in two for MA.
On Friday, Grant Waldron, Jackson Olson and Scott combined for a no-hitter as the JV Cru pounded Gardner-South Wilmington 22-2, scoring 16 runs in the fourth of five innings. Waldron had a single, triple and five RBIs and Brady Ewers a double, triple and five RBIs, while Beau Ewers had two hits and two RBIs, Hayden McKenna three RBIs and Garret Geiger two RBIs.
Ottawa places fourth at L-P Invite
At the L-P Sports Complex, the Corsairs — led by a first-place finish by the No. 2 doubles team of Will Goetz and Anthony Miller — earned nine team points to place fourth of the eight teams at the La Salle-Peru Invite. Dixon posted 14 points to win the event, Metamora (12) was second and Geneseo (11) third.
Goetz and Miller earned victories over Sterling (8-0), Geneseo (8-2) and Metamora (8-5). Eddy Cheli finished second for OHS at No. 1 singles, winning his opening two matches (8-0 over Mendota's Aaron Reddin and 8-3 over Sterling's Ethan Melcher) before falling to Dixon's Lucas Healy 8-4 in the finals. Ryan O'Connor placed fourth at No. 2 singles, while the No. 1 doubles team of Tanner Ditchfield and Jon Szewczuk finished sixth.