Michaela Ward struck out 12 batters in four innings to lead Rock Falls to a 10-0 victory over visiting Rockford Lutheran on Tuesday.
Ward (1-0) allowed the only hit for the Crusaders, but struck out everybody else. Julie Dodd pitched the fifth, and final, inning.
Ward, Dodd and Baylie Janssen each had two hits for the Rockets (1-0). Jenny Lawson clubbed a home run.
Yorkville 14, Dixon 0, 5 inn.: Emily Bay and Bre Grobe managed the only two hits for the Duchesses in a road loss.
Erin Smith (1-1) took the loss in the circle for Dixon (1-1), allowing nine runs – but only two earned – in one inning of work.
Byron 7, Oregon 4: The Hawks' rally came up short in a Big Northern West loss in Byron.
Oregon trailed 7-0 entering the fourth inning, and scored in three of the final four frames. Sommer Rhea had three hits and two stolen bases, while Alana Leamanczyk added two hits and three RBIs. Bre Bicksler also drove in a run, and Ally Bartling pitched four innings for the loss.
Megan Bursell had three hits and three RBIs for the Tigers, and Rachel Bonnell struck out 12 for the win.
Morrison 16, Princeton 2, 5 inn.: Brooke Stralow and Emma Sitzmore each clubbed grand slams as the Fillies routed the Tigers in Morrison.
Lauren Rice singled four times, Chelsea Eads had two doubles and a triple, and Lauren Pannier hit a 2-run homer for Morrison (3-0). Allie Wiersema struck out eight batters in four innings.
Milledgeville 6, Pecatonica 1: Morgan Adolph homered, doubled, singled and drove in three runs to lead the Missiles past the Indians in Milledgeville. Kayleigh Leddy also drove in three runs.
Orangeville 5, Forreston-Polo 1: Paige Peterson accounted for the Cardinals' lone run with an RBI single in the sixth inning of a home loss to the Broncos.
Abby Peterson was the losing pitcher.
AFC swept on road: The Raiders dropped a pair of NUIC East games in Dakota, falling 9-4 and 14-1 in five innings.
Cassidy Koning (0-2) doubled, drove in a run and took the loss in the circle in the opener for AFC (0-3), while Bekki Matson added an RBI.
Matson also drove in a run in the nightcap, Koning added another double, and Laci Meurer (0-1) took the loss.
The Raiders also dropped their season opener Monday, falling 11-0 to Pearl City in five innings. Koning took the loss.
West Carroll 13, Scales Mound-River Ridge 10: Sabrina Buckhalter's base hit with two outs in the top of the seventh inning put the Thunder ahead 11-10, and they went on to a win over Scales Mound-River Ridge.
Cassidy Rice and Janessa Larson each drove in two runs for West Carroll (2-4).
Michaela Ward, RF, 12 Ks, 2 hits
Alana Leamanczyk, Oregon, 2 hits, 3 RBIs
Brooke Stralow & Emma Sitzmore, Morrison, grand slams
Morgan Adolph, Milledgeville, 3 hits, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs
Sabrina Buckhalter, WC, winning RBI