Karlie Mellott's solo home run kicked off Sterling's doubleheader Saturday against Rockridge, and Nadia Trujillo's walk-off single capped the Golden Warriors' sweep at home.
Mellott's blast kick-started an offensive explosion for Sterling (6-0) in the opener, as the Warriors ripped 15 hits in a 12-2 win in six innings. Lauren Fritz and Darien Bardoner drove in two runs each, and Trujillo and Abri Hale had three hits each.
Sterling squeaked out a 5-4 win in the second game, as Trujillo's RBI base hit followed a walk to Mellott and a sacrifice bunt by Gabby Sandoval in the bottom of the seventh. Mellott doubled twice, Trujillo added a double, and Mellott and Sandoval chipped in RBIs.
Lexy Staples went the distance in both games, striking out five and walking five on the day while allowing just two earned runs.
Rock Falls 2-1-1 down south: The Rockets beat Waterlooo 4-3 and lost by the same score in eight innings against host Collinsville in an international tiebreaker Saturday, after beating and tying Mascoutah, 4-1 and 3-3, on Friday night.
Michaela Ward (3-0) got both wins for Rock Falls (3-1-1), striking out eight and walking two in a five-hitter against Waterloo. She struck out 14 and walked three in a three-hitter against Mascoutah.
Kaylyn Booker drove in runs in both Friday games, while Julie Dodd and Paige Reynolds had RBIs in both Saturday games. Kara Nehrkorn drove in two runs in the win over Waterloo.
Dodd suffered the loss Saturday, when Collinsville scored twice after starting the eighth inning with a runner on second. She was stuck with the tie Friday when the nightcap was called due to darkness in the middle of the fourth inning; the Rockets had scored four runs in the top of the fourth, but the game reverted back to the third to negate the lead.
Amboy routs St. Bede twice: The Clippers slugged their way to a pair of nonconference victories at home, pounding five home runs and five doubles in 12-1 and 22-3 wins.
Karlee Doege struck out five without a walk in a three-hitter in the opener, and helped her own cause with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Kaitlyn Liebing added a single, double and two RBIs, and Destinee Oenes ripped two doubles.
Liebing homered twice and knocked in six run in the nightcap, and Doege hit another homer and had three RBIs. Micaela McCoy had four hits and an RBI, and Kelsie Thurman had a single, two doubles and drove in a run. Elizabeth Ortgiesen picked up the win in the circle.
Orion 13, Fulton 7: The Steamers fell behind 8-2 after the top of the fourth and never recovered in a nonconference loss at home.
Chelsea Lesniewski doubled twice, but took the loss in the circle. Jenna James had three hits, and Maddy Andresen added two hits and two RBIs.
Forreston-Polo rocks Lutheran: The Cardinals swept a lopsided doubleheader in Rockford, beating the Crusaders 13-2 and 21-0 in a pair of five-inning games.
Jess Slater had three hits and four RBIs in the opener, and Meg Cullor added a pair of doubles and drove in three. Abby Peterson (2-1) went the distance in the circle.
In the nightcap, Jozi Grobe tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out eight without a walk for Forreston-Polo (4-1). The Cardinals banged out 21 hits, led by four apiece from Destiny Darmon and Aubrey Ingram, and three each by Abby Peterson (including a home run), Rebekah Wilken and Alex Sterenberg.
Winnebago 4, Eastland 2: Bailey Heckman's home run and Bubby Doubler's seven strikeouts weren't enough to lift the Cougars to a nonconference road win.
Heckman and Tina Patzner drove in runs, and Makenzie Fink added a double for Eastland (2-2), which left eight runners on base. Doubler allowed five hits and walked two in the loss.
Morrison wins consolation title: The Fillies bounced back from an 8-2 loss to Marengo in their opener to beat Milledgeville 14-0 in five innings and Normal U-High 4-3 in six innings to win the consolation crown in Freeport.
Lauren Rice's perfect game against the Missiles was the highlight of the day for Morrison (6-1), as she struck out 10. She also doubled twice and drove in a run, while catcher Chelsea Eads knocked in a pair.
Eads and Allie Wiersema had RBIs against Marengo, where Wiersema took the loss. Wiersema then picked up the victory in the circle against U-High, as Emma Sitzmore drove in all four runs – on a three-run triple in the second inning, and the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth.
E-P Panther Invite
Panthers win own tourney: Erie-Prophetstown went 3-0 to claim the Panther Invite title, after the tournament was moved to Thomson due to wet field conditions.
Kylie Ackerman was the star of the day for the Panthers (3-1), pitching 13 innings in the three games and striking out 15 while allowing one earned run and not walking a batter. EP beat Pearl City 7-1 in the championship, as Ackerman struck out 11 and Delaney Tegeler and Kaeli Kovarik drove in two runs apiece.
Stephanie Thulen had a two-run home run in a 3-1 win over West Carroll, and drove in two more runs in a 7-2 victory over Knoxville.
Bureau Valley beat the Thunder 16-0 in the third-place game, taking advantage of eight West Carroll errors and getting a two-hitter from Irini Petros. Shelby Weborg homered and drove in three runs for the Storm (2-3), and Jenna Thomas added three RBIs.
Anna Badtke hit home runs against EP and Knoxville for the Thunder (4-7), who also got two RBIs from Darby Rumler in a 7-6 victory over Knoxville.
Sauk splits at home: The Skyhawks beat Illinois Valley 4-2 in the opener, then dropped a 6-3 decision in the nightcap.
Alysha Guy had two hits and three RBIs in the first game, while Beth Fuller added two hits and drove in a run for Sauk (12-8, 2-4 Arrowhead). Lori Lynch had three hits, and Kiara Kaleel picked up the victory in the circle. She struck out five and walked one through 6 2/3 innings, and Bri Schultz came on for the last-out save.
Schultz suffered the loss in the second game, pitching the final three innings in relief of Kaleel. Fuller, Natalie Brown and Sierra Scannati had RBIs in the Skyhawks' three-run first inning.
Lauren Rice, Morrison, perfect game against Milledgeville, 10 Ks
Kylie Ackerman, Erie-P'town, 13 IP, 1 ER, 15 Ks, 0 BBs in Panthers' tourney title run
Karlee Doege, Amboy, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs in doubleheader, 3-hitter in opener
Nadia Trujillo, Sterling, 5 hits, walk-off single in doubleheader
Michaela Ward, RF, 22 Ks, 5 BBs, allowed 8 hits in two wins