The Dixon Duchesses battled to the end, but Abby Turczyn’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning lifted the LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers to a 3-1 victory in NIB-12 West softball action Thursday afternoon at Reynolds Field.
Brooke Bailey drove in the lone run for Dixon (5-6), and Erin Smith allowed three runs and six hits in a complete game.
Sterling 11, Ottawa 3: Jenn Rahn drove in four runs, Stephanie Kester and Karlie Mellott homered, and the Golden Warriors won a NIB-12 West game at home.
Kester’s homer was a three-run shot, and she picked up the win in the circle by allowing one run and three hits in four innings. Mellott had a pair of RBIs, Bailey Oetting had three hits and drove in a run, and Priscilla Aponte had an RBI and picked up her fourth save with five strikeouts in three innings of relief.
Oregon 7, Mendota 6: Abby Baker had two hits and three RBIs, and also picked up the win in the circle as the Hawks won a Big Northern West contest on the road.
Bree Tourtillott went 3-for-3 for Oregon, and Emma Crandall was 2-for-2 at the plate.
Bureau Valley 4, Morrison 2: The Storm sent the Fillies to their first Three Rivers loss, answering Morrison’s tying two-run fifth inning with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Shannon Reuter had two RBIs for BV, and Irini Petros struck out three in the complete-game win. Chelsea Eads and Lauren Pannier drove in runs for the Fillies (11-3, 7-1), and Allie Wiersema struck out five in a complete-game loss.
Riverdale 6, Fulton 0: Morgan Wierema singled and doubled, but the Steamers were shut out in a Three Rivers game at home.
Katherine Wayne struck out eight and walked one in the loss for Fulton (4-3, 1-3). Sadie Mosher had a single, three doubles and three RBIs for the Rams, and also struck out 11 without a walk in a four-hitter.
Cardinals sweep in Polo: Meg Cullor had five hits and two RBIs to lead Forreston-Polo to 9-2 and 4-0 wins over AFC.
Ashley Long had two hits and an RBI in the opener, then tossed a two-hitter in the nightcap, striking out five and walking two. Abby Peterson struck out seven and walked one to win the opener, and had two hits and two RBIs in Game 2. Alex Sterenberg drove in a pair of runs in Game 1.
Cassidy Koning and Marissa Sanford took the losses for the Raiders. Sarah Matson and Alyx Miller drove in runs in the opener.
West Carroll 6, Eastland 4: Ieshia Larson’s three-run homer in the bottom of the first set the tone, and the Thunder won in Thomson to remain unbeaten in NUIC West play.
Darby Rumler drove in two runs, and Morgan Ashby had three hits for West Carroll (7-10, 7-0). Allison Thulen (6-4) struck out six and walked three in the win.
Bryce Shaner had two RBIs, Bailey Heckman added two hits and an RBI, and Ashley Nepean had a pair of hits and took the loss in the circle for the Cougars (1-9).
Sauk sweeps in Galesburg: The Skyhawks stretched their winning streak to eight games with a pair of wins on the road, beating Carl Sandburg 3-1 and 3-2.
Kaiti Mathey had four hits and an RBI in the opener, Therese Jender drove in two runs, and Kiara Kaleel (13-3) allowed one run and six hits in a complete game for Sauk (28-10-1, 14-6 Arrowhead).
Lori Lynch’s two-run double in the top of the seventh provided the winning runs for the Skyhawks in the nightcap. Brianna Schultz (7-2) allowed two unearned runs, and Kelsey Hagan also drove in a run.
Jenn Rahn, Sterling, 2 hits, 4 RBIs
Abby Baker, Oregon, 2 hits, 3 RBIs, winning pitcher
Meg Cullor, Forreston-Polo, 5 hits, 2 RBIs in doubleheader