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Prep softball: Ward fires 3-hitter as Rock Falls avenges loss to Stillman Valley

Rockets roll

Rock Falls played its best game of the season, according to coach Kris Nunez, avenging a nine-inning early-season loss to Stillman Valley with a 10-0 five-inning romp in Big Northern West play Monday at Rock Falls.

The Cardinals (13-2) entered unbeaten in conference play. Michaela Ward (9-2) tossed a three-hitter for the Rockets (15-3). Julie Dodd had two hits, and she and Jessica Stickel had two RBIs.

Dixon 6, Winnebago 1: Beccah Jones struck out three in a four-hitter, and also drove in two runs to lead the Duchesses to a nonconference win at Reynolds Field.

Jones allowed one unearned run and also walked one.

Newman 6, Erie-Prophetstown 3: Laura Turnroth pitched and hit the Comets to the Three Rivers Conference victory at Prophetstown.

Turnroth fired a five-hitter and was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Newman scored all of its runs in the second.

Erie-Prophetstown (9-6, 3-3) got two hits and an RBI from both Emily Cox and Savannah Mettler.

Morrison sweeps Fulton at home: Chelsea Eads had four hits and five RBIs, and Lauren Pannier and Allie Wiersema combined to allow one run and strike out nine as the Fillies took two from the rival Steamers, winning 11-1 and 8-0.

Eads drove in three, and Pannier had two RBIs in the opener for Morrison (13-3, 9-1 Three Rivers).

Emma Wiemken had the lone RBI for the Steamers (4-6, 1-6). Katherine Wayne and Chelsea Lesniewski took the losses.

Amboy 7, Kewanee 4: Kaitlyn Liebing and Madeline Ely each had two hits and two RBIs, as Amboy won a Three Rivers road contest.

Ely doubled twice, and Liebing singled and doubled. Lauren Akre struck out six and walked seven in a complete game.

Oregon 9, Byron 7: Hope Smith went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Hawks in Big Northern West play at Oregon.

Abby Baker had two hits and got the win for the Hawks, who scored four in the sixth to go up 7-5 before scoring twice in the seventh to win.

Milledgeville sweeps AFC at home: Ally Bush had seven hits and six RBIs, and Emily Bush and Morgan Adolph each tossed a one-hitter as the Missiles beat the Raiders 10-0 and 19-1 at Millwheel Park.

Both Bush sisters and Taylor Grenoble doubled and homered in the nightcap, with Emily Bush and Grenoble both finishing the doubleheader with five RBIs. Adolph struck out 11 without a walk in Game 2. Emily Bush struck out 10 without a walk in the opener.

Cassidy Koning and Marissa Sanford took the losses for AFC (2-9).

Forreston-Polo 11, Aquin 8: Hailey Ingram had two doubles, a single and four RBIs to lead the Cardinals to an NUIC East road win.

Alina Llanas added three hits and two RBIs for Forreston-Polo (6-7).

Eastland sweeps Scales Mound: The Cougars (6-7) cruised to the doubleheader sweep with wins of 12-1 and 15-0, both in five innings, in the NUIC West matchup at Lanark.

Ashley Nepean got both wins, striking out 23 total batters.

Monday’s stars

Laura Turnroth, Newman, 3-4, 2 RBIs, 5-hitter

Hope Smith, Oregon, 3-4, HR, 4 RBIs

Ashley Nepean, Eastland, 2 wins, 23 strikeouts in doubleheader

Beccah Jones, Dixon, 4-hitter, 2 RBIs

Chelsea Eads, Morrison, 4 hits, 5 RBIs in doubleheader

Ally Bush, Milledgeville, 7 hits, grand slam, 6 RBIs in doubleheader

Hailey Ingram, Forr.-Polo, 3 hits, 2 2Bs, 4 RBIs

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