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Prep baseball: Dukes, Warriors come up just short on road

Rockets sweep crazy doubleheader

Austin Donoho got a win and a save in one game, and 43 runs were scored in the other, as the Rock Falls Rockets swept Sherrard in a wild road doubleheader Saturday.

Rock Falls won the first game 11-8, with Donoho pitching the first six innings before coming in to stop a five-run Sherrard rally in the seventh. He struck out eight and walked two in all.

Five Rockets had a pair of hits, with Dustin Huycke doubling and tripling, and Steven Armoska (3 RBIs), Jacob Mammosser (2 RBIs) and Quinton Matznick homering.

The Rockets won the nightcap slugfest 26-17. It trailed 13-9 before blowing things open with a 16-run sixth inning – with every run coming before the first out was recorded. Clay Velazquez had two singles, two triples and five RBIs, while Armoska again homered and drove in two.

Kaneland 1, Sterling 0: The Golden Warriors’ Logan Rippy fired a two-hitter, but it wasn’t enough in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover contest in Maple Park.

Rippy (0-2) struck out six. The lone run of the game came in the first inning, when Kaneland turned a walk, an errant pickoff throw by Rippy, and a double into a run.

No Sterling (4-3) runner reached third base.

Yorkville 3, Dixon 2: John Thomas struck out nine and walked one in a complete game, but Yorkville’s three-run third inning sent the Dukes to a NIB-12 crossover loss on the road.

Thomas and Jake Tavitas drove in runs for Dixon (2-6).

Oregon 5, Christian Life 4: Dan Grimm and Paul Rypkema both tripled and drove in two runs as the Hawks edged the Eagles in Oregon. Grimm also got the win.

Orion 5, Newman 4: Trent Burns’ RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Chargers past the Comets in Orion.

Kyle Moore and Dillan Heffelfinger both doubled and had two hits for Newman. Heffelfinger was the losing pitcher.

Amboy sweeps at home: Chuck Deininger hurled a three-hitter in Game 2 after saving Game 1, and Amboy swept Polo-Forreston at home by scores of 6-4 and 6-0.

Reece Howell had two RBIs for the Clippers (8-2) in the opener, and teammates Aaron Hubbell and Alex Noble drove in two apiece in the second game.

Morrison 19, West Carroll 9, 6 inn.: Nine different Mustangs drove in runs as Morrison scored in every inning in Thomson.

Alex Fischbach had four hits and a pair of RBIs, while Brock Deter had three doubles and knocked in four for the Mustangs (4-0). Mason Sitzmore (1-0) got the win.

Panthers split twin bill at home: Erie-Prophetstown won the first game 10-3, but dropped the second game 11-2 against Warren-Stockton at Prophetstown.

In the opener, the Panthers’ Jordan Chandler drove in two runs, while teammate Owen McConnell had three hits.

Eastland sweeps Pec-Durand: The Cougars needed nine innings to win the road doubleheader opener 14-11, and won Game 2 7-6 in five innings.

Austin Weaver got the first win, Zack Randecker the second, and Austin Young saved both.

Sauk goes 1-3: Kankakee rallied in the last inning to sweep Sauk Valley on Sunday in Dixon, but the Skyhawks split with Illinois Valley on Saturday.

On Sunday, Gavin Cathie went the distance but gave up three in the top of the seventh in a 7-5 loss. Kankakee won the opener 10-1.

On Saturday, Casey McCallister doubled, singled twice, and drove in four to lead Sauk to a 10-6 win over Illinois Valley in the first game of a doubleheader in Oglesby.

The Skyhawks lost 10-4 in Game 2. Corbin Blean’s three-run homer was the highlight.

Saturday’s stars

Chuck Deininger, Amboy, 3-hit shutout in Game 2 and save in Game 1 of doubleheader

Logan Rippy, Sterling, 2-hitter

Brock Deter, Morrison, 3 2Bs, 4 RBIs

John Thomas, Dixon, 9 SO, 1 BB in CG loss

Steven Armoska, RF, 4 hits, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in DH

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