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Clippers clip Comets

Dukes fall at home; Herin drives in six for Missiles

The Amboy Clippers scored in all but one inning Thursday, defeating the Newman Comets 11-7 in a Three Rivers game in Amboy.

Dallas Appleman homered, Chris Jones doubled, Hunter Varga tripled, and those three plus Tim Clark each had two hits. That quartert, plus Canaan Ross, recorded two RBIs apiece, and Ross pitched all but the final out for the victory. Will Crownhart got that final out to get out of a jam and pick up the save.

Shayne Allen had three hits, and Michael Ely and Trevor Bolin both added two hits and two RBIs for the Comets.

Rockford East 5, Dixon 2: The Dukes couldn't muster much offense, and five errors cost them in the field in a nonconference loss at Veterans Memorial Field.

Cal Jarrett took the loss, allowing two hits and three runs (two earned), with four strikeouts and six walks in four innings. A.J. Murdock and Mitchell Wolfe drove in runs for Dixon (4-5).

Winnebago 7, Oregon 1: Matt Murray drove in the Hawks' lone run, and also took the Big Northern West road loss on the mound.

The Hawks trailed just 3-1 before the Indians pulled away thanks to a four-run sixth inning.

Morrison 17, Riverdale 1, 6 inn.: Joey Brackemyer earned a win on the mound, and had three hits as the Mustangs rolled to a Three Rivers win in Port Byron.

Brock Smith had two doubles and three RBIs, while Brackemyer had two RBIs. Ben Tegeler three hits and triple for the Mustangs.

Brackemyer had 11 strikeouts and no walks in five innings.

Fulton 11, Bureau Valley 3: The Steamers (5-6) used a six-run seventh inning to seize control against Bureau Valley at Manlius.

Devon Ballard got it done both at the plate and on the mound for Fulton, as he pitched a complete game with one walk and nine strikeouts. At one point, he retired 15 straight Bureau Valley batters.

At the plate, he had a pair of doubles and had three RBIs. Seth Sanderson also drove in two runs for Fulton.

Durand-Pecatonica 13, AFC 0, 5 inn.: The Raiders allowed 13 runs in the first two innings, leading to an NUIC East loss in Pecatonica.

Jacob Hilliker gave up six runs in the first inning, on four hits and three walks. Matt Gendusa allowed seven runs on eight hits in the second inning. Tyler Stacey worked the last two innings. Matt Heng and Tristan Bushman had the only two hits for AFC (0-4, 0-4).

Forreston-Polo 3, South Beloit 2: Jacob Cunningham drove home Brayden Wierzycki to cap a two-run sixth inning that led to the Cardinals' NUIC East victory in South Beloit.

Forreston-Polo (5-4, 3-0) tied the score at two when Ethan Groom scored on a groundout by Austin Groshans. Andrew Beasley picked up the win, going seven inngs, allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out seven and walking one. Groshans had two RBIs.

Milledgeville 22, Orangeville 5, 5 inn.: After scoring eight runs in the second, the Missiles really poured it on with 13 in the fourth in an NUIC East victory in Orangeville.

Zach Herin picked up the win on the mound, but he really made an impact at the plate. He had a home run, a double, and six RBIs. Devin Biller and Kameron DawTyne also drove in three runs each for Milledgeville (3-0, 2-0 NUIC East).

Lena-Winslow 9, Eastland 8: The Cougars fell at home despite outhitting the Panthers 12-5.

Chase Giedd took the loss. He gave up only four hits, but walked 11 and struck out nine. The Panthers rallied with four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-6 lead. The Cougars left two runners on base in the bottom of the innings after plating two runs.

West Carroll 1, Pearl City 0: Trevor Jones struck out 17 in 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, and also drove in the game's lone run in an NUIC West win in Thomson.

Jones also walked five in the shutout, and Marshall Benters came on with runners on base to record the final out and pick up the save.

Tom Watson's two-out single started the winning rally in the bottom of the sixth. Benters pinch ran and stole second, then scored on Jones' base hit to right.

College baseball

Skyhawks win two: The Skyhawks won a pair of games over Morton, 6-2 and 11-6 in Dixon.

Mario Pacheco threw a one-hitter for the Skyhawks, while striking out 14 and walking one in Game 1.

Jake Randall and Sean Ritter both drove in a pair of runs for Sauk Valley. Ritter also had three hits, along with Chad Lopez, who also hit a triple.

Elvis Castillo got the win for the Skyhawks in Game 2, going six innings and surrendering five runs on six hits.

Nick Jehle had four hits for Sauk Valley, as he drove in three runs. Nick Panzica also had a pair of hits and drove in three runs.

Thursday's stars

Zach Herin, Milledgeville, winning pitcher, also had HR, 2B, 6 RBIs

Trevor Jones, WC, 17 SO as winning pitcher; drove in game's only run

Joey Brackemyer, Morrison, winning pitcher with 11 SO, also had 3 hits

Devon Ballard, Fulton, complete game, 9 SO, 1 BB; Also two 2B, 3 RBIs

Jacob Cunningham, Forreston-Polo, game-winning hit

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