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RF soph no-hits Belvidere; Dixon wins on road

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Michaela Ward capped a double-dip for the Rock Falls Rockets softball team by throwing a no-hitter Saturday against Belvidere in Rock Falls. 

The Rockets won a pair of six-inning, run-rule games, 16-6 and 10-0. 

Ward (6-2) had 12 strikeouts and no walks in the second game. She also had two hits and two RBIs. Paige Reynolds had four hits, including a home run and a double for the Rockets (11-2).

Jordan Giddings (2-0) earned the win the first game. She also slugged three hits, including two doubles, and had three RBIs. Ward also drove in three runs in Game 1. 

Dixon 9, Rockford East 4: The Duchesses scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a road victory over the E-Rabs.

Emily Bay and Haley Fitzsimmons each drove in two runs for Dixon (5-6). Beccah Jones had two hits, and every other player in the lineup added one hit.

Erin Smith was the winning pitcher, allowing three earned runs and eight hits, while striking out nine.

Milledgeville sweeps South Beloit: Morgan Adolph pitched a one-hitter and a two-hitter in the Missiles’ doubleheader sweep of the Sobos in South Beloit.

Adolph had nine strikeouts in a 13-1 win in the opener. She also tripled twice and drove in two runs. In Game 2, Adolph had eight more strikeouts, homered and drove in two. Courtney Swalve also homered and had two RBIs.

Eastland second at Galena tourney: The Cougars dropped a 6-5 decision to Aquin in the championship game at the Galena tournament.

Eastland earned wins over East Dubuque, 9-6, and Rockford Auburn, 23-3. The Cougars’ Ashley Nepean went 2-1 on the day. Teammate Delanie Giedd had seven hits, including four triples, and 10 RBIs. Maddie Parker contributed six hits, two of them triples.

Girls track & field

Hawks second at own invite: Cydney Long was part of four event wins, helping the Oregon Hawks to second place at the Oregon Invitational. 

Oregon scored 121 points, second to Burlington Central’s 135. West Carroll was seventh (17), and Amboy was 12th (12). 

Long won the 100 hurdles (17.04 seconds) and 200 dash (27.76). She also teamed with Emylyn Wright, Whitney Long and Devyn Absher to win the 400 (52.58) and 800 (1:52.72) relays. 

Other winners for the Hawks were Gabi Ramirez in the discus (101 feet, 3 inches) and Shannon Cullen in the shot put (37-10 1/2). 

Kaitlin Boers had Amboy’s best finish, taking second in the 800 (2:39.15). Burlington Central’s Kayla Wolf won the event in a meet-record 2:18.69. 

Sterling fifth at Harlem invite: Lauren and Morgan Zuidema earned wins for Sterling in Machesney Park.

Lauren cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault, while Morgan’s 5-foot effort won the high jump. Teammate Krista Loos took second in the high jump (4-10).

College softball

Sauk sweeps Elgin at home: After getting just enough runs right off the bat to win the opener 3-2, the Skyhawks rallied in Game 2 to win 6-3.

Kiara Kaleel worked five innings to get the win in the opener, striking out five and walking none while allowing two earned runs. She also hit a two-run single during a three-run bottom of the first.

Cali Bartholomew (7-4) threw two scoreless innings of relief in Game 1, then worked the last five innings to get the win in the nightcap. She struck out four and walked one while working around four hits to yield no runs.

Down 3-2, the Skyhawks (20-10-1) scored four in the bottom of the fourth. After failing to put down a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded and no outs, Therese Jender made up for it with a two-run triple on the next pitch, giving Sauk a 6-3 lead.

The Skyhawks made it a weekend clean sweep by taking two from Harper on Sunday, 9-1 and 5-0. Kaleel (10-3) won the opener, Brianna Shultz (5-2) won the nightcap.

Saturday’s stars

Michaela Ward, Rock Falls softball, no-hitter; had 4 hits and 6 RBIs in 2 games

Cydney Long, Oregon track, won 100 hurdles, 200, and on winning 400 and 800 relays 

Morgan Adolph, Milledgeville softball, 2 wins, 1-hitter and 2-hitter, HR, 2 3Bs, 4 RBIs

Delanie Giedd, Eastland softball, 7 hits, 4 3Bs, 10 RBIs

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