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Prep softball: Missiles bombard Bulldogs

Emily Bush fired a two-hitter and struck out 12 as top-seeded Milledgeville cruised to an 11-1, five-inning win over Aquin in the Class 1A Aquin Regional on Tuesday.

Milledgeville took immediate control with a six-run first inning. Courtney Swalve had two hits and three RBIs, and Kayleigh Leddy also had two hits against the Bulldogs, the No. 4 seed.

The Missiles will face today’s Dakota-Pearl City winner at
4 p.m. Saturday.

Class 2A

Alleman 10, Erie-Prophetstown 0, 5 inn.: The Panthers proved to be no match for the Pioneers in a Bureau Valley Regional semifinal.

Dakota Stout nearly tossed a perfect game for Alleman, allowing just a single walk.

Oregon 10, Byron 7: The Hawks erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning to seize control in a 2A Byron Regional semifinal against the Tigers.

The key hit for Oregon was a two-run double by Hope Smith. Also for the Hawks, Melissa Youngren started the uprising with a single, and later added an RBI base hit in the same inning.

Stillman Valley 5, Polo-Forreston 0: Payton Abbott tossed a two-hitter and struck out 11 as Stillman Valley won a battle of the Cardinals in the second semi at Byron.

Ashley Long and Alex Sterenberg had the lone hits for Polo-Forreston, both singles.

Regular season

Rock Falls 5, Genoa-Kingston 4: The Rockets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a nonconference win over the Cogs at Rock Falls.

In the winning rally, the Rockets (23-4) strung together four straight singles to start the inning. Hits by Paige Reynolds and Michaela Ward started things before RBI singles by Jordan Giddings and Linsey Brown finished things.

Ward (11-2) got the win with four innings of shutout relief after Giddings allowed four runs, just one earned, in three-plus innings. Giddings threw one-hit ball but walked six. Ward also fired one-hit ball, did not issue a walk and struck out four.

Sterling 8, United Township 2: Shannon Long and Karlie Mellott each hit home runs to power the Golden Warriors past the Panthers in East Moline.

Long drove in three runs for Sterling (20-2), and Bailey Oetting added two. Stephanie Kester (17-2) tossed five innings, allowing two runs and six hits to get the win.

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