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Hawks come up short at home

Oregon falls to rival Byron; Rockets shut out Rock Island

Dylan Garbutt scored on an error in the top of the seventh for the game’s only run, leading the Byron Tigers to a 1-0 Big Northern West road win over the rival Oregon Hawks on Wednesday afternoon.

Josh Cook tripled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but was stranded at third. An inning earlier, Adam Bettner led off the sixth with a triple, but was thrown out trying to score on Matt Murray’s flyout.

Murray allowed three hits, struck out three, and walked three in a complete game.

Rock Falls 5, Rock Island 0: Cayden Erickson tossed a three-hit shutout, and Dallas Jones had two hits and two RBIs for the Rockets in a nonconference win in the Quad Cities.

Erickson (2-1) struck out three and walked three in the complete game. Logan Pillars, Clay Velazquez and Quinton Matznick also drove in runs for Rock Falls (4-6).

LaSalle-Peru 8, Sterling 2: Turner Morse picked up the loss for the Warriors, as he gave up five runs, two earned, and eight hits in five innings. 

Brady Siegmund and Bryant Lilly both picked up doubles for Sterling (2-6). Lilly also had an RBI, as did Rafael Sosa. 

Geneseo 20, Dixon 0, 5 inn.: The Maple Leafs scored all 20 runs in the third inning, highlighted by a grand slam and a three-run homer at Veterans Memorial Field.

Ryan Dixon (1-1) took the loss, lasting just 2 2/3 innings. Cal Jarrett’s single in the second inning was the lone hit for the Dukes (4-7, 0-2 NIB-12 West).

Kewanee 10, Morrison 8: The Mustangs watched their 8-4 lead disapper in the blink of an eye, as the Boilermakers won with six runs in the seventh inning. 

Joey Brackemyer started on the mound for Morrison (3-5), and gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings of work. Kewanee jumped on relief pitcher Ryan VanZuiden, who gave up seven runs and seven hits, all earned, in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Ben Tegeler had a pair of RBIs for the Mustangs. Justin Jensen had a pair of hits, including a double, and he also added an RBI. 

Erie-Prophetstown 2, Amboy 1: The Panthers scored a run in the top half of the eighth, and starting pitcher Kenneth Cole held on to the lead to pick up the win.

Cole went all eight innings and allowed just one run and five hits, while striking out five. Jordan Chandler went 2-for-4 and scored both runs in the win.

Tim Clark took the loss for Amboy (5-6). He allowed two runs and nine hits, with four stikeouts in eight innings. Dallas Appleman batted in Clark for Amboy’s only run with an RBI double in the fourth inning, after Clark reached on a double.

South Beloit 6, AFC 2: The SoBo’s four-run sixth inning broke open a close NUIC East game in Ashton.

Bret Gittleson and David Zinke drove in runs for the Raiders (2-6, 0-5), and Troy Mairs (0-3) struck out six, walked two and hit two batters in five innings.

West Carroll 9, Dakota 3: The Thunder scored four runs in the top half of the first inning to take a commanding lead early.

Shaun Magill went 2-for-5 with two doubles, while teammate Matt Ritchie went 3-for-4 with three singles for West Carroll (6-7). Starting pitcher Josh Sullivan (1-2) allowed two earned runs in five innings, while striking out four.


Alleman 17, Sterling 11: The Pioneers’; six-run second innign set the tone in a slugfest in the Quad Cities.

Lexy Wolfe, Emily McDonald, and Nadia Trujillo all had three hits apiece for Sterling, and Wolfe ripped a home run and collected five RBIs.

Lexy Staples took the loss after giving up 17 runs (16 earned) and 17 hits. 

Erie-Prophetstown 11, Amboy 0: Kylie Ackerman twirled a one-hitter, and Stephanie Thulen’s three-run home run highlighted a seven-run top of the seventh to put away a Three River North road win for the Panthers.

Ackerman struck out five and walked one, and also had three hits, including a double. Alicia Stout had three hits and an RBI, and Addison Morse chipped in a three-run
double for Erie-Prophetstown

Karlee Doege struck out five and walked two in the loss for the Clippers (7-2, 3-1). Sydney Wilhelm had Amboy’s lone hit.

Morrison 10, Fulton 0, 5 inn.: Brooke Stralow struck out 10 in a one-hitter, and Shannon Finneran had two hits and three RBIs as the Fillies won a Three Rivers North game at home.

Rachel Davis added two hits and drove in two runs, and Jaeden Workman also had two RBIs for Morrison (11-1, 3-0).

Jenna Jones’ double was the lone hit for the Steamers. Camerin Huizenga took the loss.

AFC splits in South Beloit: AFC used a five-run fifth inning to seize control of game one of a doubleheader matchup with NUIC East foe South Beloit. 

Cassidy Koning got the win in the circle, going the distance, giving up only three earned runs. She also picked up an RBI from the plate to help her cause in a 10-8 victory. Lexi Meurer led the Raiders from the plate in game one, picking up two RBIs on three hits, including a double. 

Game two was called after five innings, but it was enough for the SoBos to get revenge with a 13-5 win. Kala Niedermeier got the win on the mound for South Beloit, and also added three hits. 

Cassidy Koning had a pair of hits for the Raiders, one of which was a double. Lauren Meurer, Hope Friday, and Laci Meurer each had an RBI for AFC.

Boys tennis

Rochelle 3, Newman 2: The Knacks both won, but the Comets couldn’t pull out a victory on the road.

KC Knack won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, and Connor Knack teamed with Brady Reuter to win 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.

The decisive match came at No. 1 doubles, where JP Neisewander and Andrew Schmitt spilt a pair of 6-1 sets before falling 10-3 in the tiebreaker.

Boys track

Polo-Forreston wins in Winnebago: Ethan Ditzler grabbed individual wins in the 3,200-meter run and 1,600 run to pace Polo-Forreston in its win at a triangular in Winnebago.

The Marcos had 172.75 points, while runner-up Winnebago had 131. Pearl City (54.25) finished third.

Bryan Cavanaugh won the triple jump in 40 feet, 5 inches, and led off the winning 1,600 relay for the Marcos. Brad Cavanaugh placed first in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 10 inches, and was also part of the wining 1,600 relay team.

Girls track

Marcos second at Winnebago: Naeva Groenewold won the long jump for Polo-Forreston in 15 feet, 4 inches. It was the lone win for the Marcos, who took second at a triangular in Winnebago.

The Marcos finished with 106 points, behind winner Winnebago (162). Pearl City took third (78).

Groenewold’s day also included second-place finishes in the triple jump, and the 100 and 300-meter hurdles events.

College softball

Sauk Valley 8, Augustana JV 0: The Skyhawks used a four-run first inning to jump-start a shutout against Augustana’s JV team. Kiara Kaleel picked up the win from the circle for Sauk, giving up one hit in two innings of work. 

Alysha Guy led the Skyhawks (19-10) at the plate, picking up three hits and three RBIs. Stephanie Kester also picked up a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in a run.

Wednesday’s stars

Brooke Stralow, Morrison softball, 1-hitter, 10 SO

Kylie Ackerman, EP softball, 1-hitter, 5 SO

Cayden Erickson, RF baseball, 3-hitter, 3 SO

Ken Cole, EP baseball, 8-inning complete game, 1 R, 5 H, 5 SO

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