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Rockets claim conference crown

Eastland’s Hartman fires no-hitter

Rock Falls won the Big Northern West outright with a 6-1 win Friday at Byron.

Austin Donoho led the way for the Rockets, firing a four-hitter and striking out six. Jacob Mammosser paced the offense with three hits and two RBIs.

Donoho also drove in two runs. Rock Falls and Byron were tied atop the conference before the Rockets beat the Tigers twice this week.

Oregon 6, Lutheran 2: Alex Cain was a one-man wrecking crew in a Big Northern West game at Oregon. 

Cain earned the win by pitching four innings, allowing three runs while striking out 10 and walking two. He also had two hits, both doubles, two runs, and two RBIs. 

Matt Murray also had a double and a run scored for the Hawks (9-14, 5-7).

Erie-Prophetstown 5, Bureau Valley 4: Zach Hart's two-run home run in the sixth inning off Paul Kruger put the Panthers up 5-4 and ultimately clinched a share of the Three Rivers title in Manlius. 

Hart had three hits, a double and a home run. Brandon McCullough also drove in two runs for Erie-Propheststown (16-9, 12-2). They finish conference play tied at the top with Morrison. 

Kyle Rokey had two RBIs for Bureau Valley.

Kewanee 7, Fulton 3, 10 inn.: The Steamers jumped out to a 3-1 lead at Drives Field, but could not hold on the lead in a Three Rivers extra-inning loss. 

Austin Manon doubled and drove in a run. Ethan Jones and Paul Velasco also had RBIs for the Steamers.

Lena-Winslow 10, Milledgeville 4: The Missiles saw an early 2-0 lead slip away in an NUIC crossover clash at Lena.

Milledgeville (8-10) led 2-0 after 2 1/2 innings before the Panthers took control with a five-run third and added two more runs in the fourth.

The Missiles' Devin Biller was 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Hartman's no-hitter highlights Eastland sweep: Ty Hartman fired a no-hitter in a 5-0 Eastland win over Galena in Game 1 of an NUIC West doubleheader at Ashford University FIeld in Clinton, Iowa.

Hartman struck out nine and walked one. Game 2 saw the Cougars (13-6, 9-4) cruise 18-1 in five innings. Matt Keppen went four innings for the win.

Friday's stars

Ty Hartman, Eastland, no-hitter, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk

Alex Cain, Oregon, winning pitcher, also 2 H, 2 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs 

Zach Hart, Erie-Prophetstown, go-ahead 2-run home run

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