A two-run error in the bottom of the seventh ended the game as the Sterling baseball team saw a late two-run lead slip away in a 6-5 loss Monday at Alleman.
Sterling (2-2) trailed 3-0 before scoring all five of its runs in the sixth. The Warriors were unable to score against Illinois-bound Cody Sedlock, the Pioneers' starting pitcher who worked four shutout innings.
In the Sterling sixth, Logan Rippy rapped a two-run single, while Brandon Dennis, Kaleb Francque, and Frankie Perino had RBI singles.
In the bottom of the seventh, Rippy, who did not allow an earned run in six-plus inning, hit the leadoff batter. He was replaced by Tanner Morse. After that runner was caught stealing, a walk, a single, and a wild pitch preceded the game-ending error.
Orangeville 7, Milledgeville 1: The Missiles dropped their season opener, falling to the Broncos in an NUIC tilt in Orangeville.
The Broncos took a 4-0 lead with a run in the first inning and three more in the third. Milledgeville, which had just two hits, scored its lone run in the fourth on Devin Biller's RBI single.
Missiles starting pitcher Blake Kappes (0-1) piled up 10 strikeouts in four innings but allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks.
Rockridge 15, Fulton 1, 5 inn.: The Rockets scored seven runs in the first inning and rolled past the Steamers at Drives Field in Fulton.
The Steamers scored their lone run in the second. Rockridge added two runs in the third before finishing things off with a six-run fifth.
Riverdale 10, Amboy 4: The Rams built an early 9-0 lead and cruised past the Clippers in Three Rivers Conference action at Amboy.
Riverdale took control with four runs in the first inning, two more in the second and three more in the fourth. Amboy (0-1) scored once in each of the last four innings.
Rams pitcher Sadie Mosher piled up 16 strikeouts. Teammate Sydney Mericle homered. Amboy's Micaela McCoy was 2-for-3 with a home run. Cassey Doege was also 2-for-3 for the Clippers, while Kelsie Thurman was 2-for-4.
Princeton 5, Newman 4: The Comets' Connor Knack was a double-winner but Newman fell short at Princeton.
Besides Knack's win at No. 6, the Comets (0-3) also got singles wins from J.P. Neisewander at 3 and Andrew Schmitt at 4. Knack teamed with Noah Leffelman for a victory at No. 3 doubles.
Lake County 6, Sauk Valley 3: Caleb Bradley, Ryan Downing, and P.J. Ginn earned wins as the Skyhawks spilt the singles matches before being swept in doubles in a neutral-site loss at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.
Bradley and Ginn earned wins at Nos. 1 and 2, with Downing getting a victory at No. 6 in Sauk Valley's season opener.
Logan Rippy, Sterling baseball, 2 RBIs, 0 ER in 6 IP
Blake Kappes, Milledgeville baseball, 10 SOs in 4 IP
Micaela McCoy, Amboy softball, 2-3, HR
Connor Knack, Newman boys tennis, double winner