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Warriors clinch NIB-12 title

Sterling clinched its fourth consecutive Northern Illinois Big 12 West title on Wednesday with a 5-3 win at LaSalle-Peru.

Stephanie Kester and Darien Bardoner each drove in a pair of runs for the Golden Warriors (21-2, 9-1), while Shannon Long added one.

Kester (18-2) didn't run into any trouble until the seventh, when she was nicked for all three of the Cavaliers' runs. She gave up six hits and one walk, while striking out four.

Ottawa 3, Dixon 2: The Duchesses outhit the Pirates 6-3, but could only scratch across two runs in a Northern Illinois Big 12 loss at Reynolds Field.

Beccah Jones allowed three hits in five innings. All three runs crossed while she was in the circle, but only one was earned. Jones and Emily Bay both drove in runs for Dixon (9-14, 1-9).

Lindsey Greene had an RBI triple for Ottawa.

2A Bureau Valley Regional

Morrison 9, Fulton 1: The Fillies advanced to the regional championship game, in which they will play top-seeded Alleman on Saturday in Manlius.

Allie Wiersema allowed one run and four hits in five innings. The Fillies (21-3) were balanced at the plate, as three different players drove in two runs apiece. Shannon Finneran and Rachel Davis both had RBI doubles.


Rock Falls 12, Dixon 2, 5 inn.: Eddie Nelson pitched the Rockets past the Dukes in a nonconference game at Veterans Memorial Field.

Nelson allowed one hit in four innings, while striking out three and walking three. Nelson also had four hits and three RBIs. Austin Donoho drove in three runs for Rock Falls (19-7).

Cal Jarrett doubled for Dixon, and Ryan Dixon had an RBI.

2A Oregon Regional

Oregon 6, Princeton 1: The Hawks knocked off the top-seeded Tigers behind a stellar performance by Alex Cain on the mound.

Cain struck out seven and allowed only one unearned run in a complete-game victory for the Hawks (12-14).

Cain also went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double. He had two RBIs and three runs. Joey Rowe and Ian Holley also drove in runs for the Hawks.

2A Morrison Regional

Morrison 5, Fulton 3: Alex Fischbach and Andew Connelly each drove in a pair of runs as the Mustangs rallied past the Steamers in Morrison.

Bill Lee Greul got the win, with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. He struck out three batters. Fischbach allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

Ethan Jones and T.J. Huizenga had RBIs for Fulton, which led 3-1 after five innings. Jones took the loss, allowing four earned runs and eight hits in six innings.

Morrison will take on Erie-Prophetstown, which drubbed Riverdale 12-2 in the first game at Morrison, in Saturday's title game.

1A AFC Regional

Amboy 5, AFC 0: Tyson Powers led the way on the mound for the Clippers (14-16) in their regional semifinal victory over the Raiders in Ashton.

Powers pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out 11.

A five-run fourth inning was all Amboy needed to gain control. Spencer Johnson hit a two-run homer during that surge.

The Clippers will play either Eastland or Milledgeville in the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday.

College softball

Highland (Kan.) 6, Sauk Valley 1: The Skyhawks opened play in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament with a loss to Highland (Kan.) in Clinton, Miss.

Sauk Valley (34-14-1) struck first with an RBI single by Kelsey Hagen in the top of the first inning. The only other SVCC hit was a single Kaiti Mathey.

Kiara Kaleel (18-5) took the loss, allowing five earned runs, eight hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Sauk Valley will take on Burlington (N.J.) today at 1:30 p.m. in a second-round contest.

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