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Raiders open with two losses

Ashton-Franklin Center was finally able to start its baseball season on Tuesday, but the result was a pair of losses.

The Raiders ventured to Dakota and dropped a 4-2 decision in the opener, then a 5-1 defeat in the nightcap. The games were moved from Ashton due to poor field conditions.

Troy Mairs took the loss in the first game, allowing four runs (three earned), eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out six batters.

David Zinke had a pair of singles, while Mairs added a double.

In the second game, AFC (0-2) got a strong game on the mound Matt Heng, who retired 18 consecutive batters at one point. He ran into trouble in the seventh, however, when the Indians scored four runs to break a 1-1 tie.

Heng went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned), four hits and one walk, with four strikeouts.

Brandon Ibarra had a pair of hits. Mairs had the lone RBI.

Freeport 3, Dixon 1: The Dukes got a solid outing from Mitchell Wolfe in a road loss to the Pretzels.

Wolfe (0-1) allowed three runs, six hits and one walk, while striking out six. Dixon (2-3) managed just three hits, all singles.

Lutheran 12, Oregon 2, 6 innings: Matt Murray and Paul Rypkema each had two hits for the Hawks in a loss to the Crusaders in Rockford.

Murray took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned), six hits and four walks in four innings.

Eastland 8, Galena 7: Ramsey Truckenmiller and Jacob Reuscher each drove in two runs as the Cougars held off the Pirates in Lanark.

Austin Weaver and Brighton Haverland each scored two runs. Haverland had a pair of doubles.

Forreston-Polo 10, Orangeville 0, 6 innings: Wyatt Kerchner, Jordan Ludwig and Wyatt Patterson each drove in two runs as the Cardinals blanked the Broncos in Forreston.

Andrew Beasley got the win, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out seven in five innings.

Ridgewood 5, Fulton 0: The Steamers managed just three hits in a nonconference loss in Woodhull.

Jack Lemke took the loss for Fulton (1-5).

College baseball

Skyhawks lose two: Sauk Valley lost a doubleheader for the second day in a row to Illinois Valley, this time by scores of 7-3 and 11-10 at home.

Sean Ritter and Cameron Copas each had two hits, including doubles, in the opener.

Oscar Duarte-Castro knocked in two runs in the second game for the Skyhawks (1-12, 0-4 Arrowhead Conference).

Tuesday's stars

Matt Heng, AFC, 18 consecutive batters retired

Ramsey Truckenmiller, Eastland, 2 RBI

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