Rockets dig the long ball
Rock Falls put on a hitting display in posting a road doubleheader sweep of Rockford Boylan on Saturday, 12-5 in the opener and 14-3 in the nightcap.
Paige Reynolds homered and drove in the three runs in the first game. Taylor Anderson collected three hits, while Julie Dodd had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs.
Dodd (2-1) was also the winning pitcher, allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk. She struck out six.
In the second game, Rock Falls (9-1-1) rapped out nine of its 11 hits in a 14-run uprising in the top of the fourth. The key blows were a grand slam by Kara Nehrkorn and a 3-run shot by Baylie Janssen. They each drove in four runs.
Michaela Ward (8-0) got the win, allowing three runs on just three hits.
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In the opener, Kylie Ackerman went 2-for-3 with a double and four runs batted in. Clare Kramer and Addison Morse each drove in three runs. Ackerman was also the winning pitcher.
In the second game, Savannah Mettler went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and was the winning pitcher. Emily Cox was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Ottawa Marquette 9, Amboy 1: Kelsie Thurman went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles for Amboy, while teammate Courtney Rhine went 2-for-3.
The Clippers were only able to push across one run in the top half of the first in the road loss. Haley Varga took the loss.
Orion 3, Newman 2: Newman scored a run it the top half of the first inning and added another in the sixth to take a 2-0 lead, but it was short lived.
Orion answered and scored runs in the sixth and seventh to push the game to extras before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Stacia Walter led the Comets with three hits, while Sam Miller had two, including a double. Pitcher Lakyn Waldschmidt took the loss for Newman.
Oregon splits with J-Hawks: The Hawks split a doubleheader, winning the first game 10-4, but losing the second game 19-18, after allowing four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Kasey Lapp had a big day, totaling four RBIs, a home run and two doubles. Ally Bartling earned the win in game 1, striking out eight batters in seven innings.
Sherrard 15, West Carroll 0, 4 inn.: The Thunder (6-12) mustered two hits in a loss. Pitcher Bailey Durward (0-1) took her first loss of the season after allowing 15 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits in four innings.
Dixon 9, West Carroll 8: The Duchesses scored a run in the bottom fifth in a game that was cut short because of time constraints. Brooke Bailey drove in three runs and had a triple, while Beccah Jones earned the win. She allowed four earned runs on seven hits in four innings.
West Carroll was led by Darby Rumler, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Thunder pitcher Abby Maike (2-7) was hit with the loss, after allowing nine runs (six earned) on six hits in five innings.
Fulton 12, West Carroll 5, 4 inn.: Jenna Jones went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a solo home run to lead Fulton in the win. Pitcher Whitney Wynkoop went all four inning and allowed one earned run on three hits.
West Carroll (6-12) led 4-1 after the first inning, but couldn't hang on. Pitcher Cassidy Rice (4-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Other Fulton Invitational scores: Dixon 7, Fulton 5; Sherrard 11, Dixon 1; Sherrard 9, Fulton 0
Warriors 7th at Rock Island: Paced by a first-place finish from Maggie McPherson, the Sterling girls track team placed seventh at the 12-team Rock Island Invitational.
Rock Island won the ABC meet with 233 points, well ahead of runner-up Palatine Fremd, which had 191. Sterling amassed 120.83 points.
McPherson won top honors in the B Division 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes, 58.65 seconds.
Second-place finishers included Denajha Phillips in the C Division long jump (14 feet, 7 inches); Jordan Totten in the C Division discus (86-10); and Mercedes Sanchez in the A Division 3,200 (11:58.46).
Rockets 4th at Huntley Invite: Michaela Busch won the A Division high jump by clearing 5-0 as Rock Falls placed fourth at the five-team Huntley Invitational.
Huntley (317), Boylan (310), Kaneland (302), Rock Falls (185) and Mt. Assisi (74) were the competing squads.
Busch, Sydney Arrickx, Ellie McKee and Molly Mammosser teamed up to place second in the B Division 800 relay (1:56.64).
BV storms to title: Lindsey Hoffert won the long jump (15-0 1/2) to lead Bureau Valley to top honors in the 11-team Rollie Morris Invitational in Spring Valley.
The Storm had 107.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Hall, which had 85.
BV's other firsts came from the 800 relay team of Haley DeVoss, Katelin Johnson, Marissa Mungia and Tiana Kennedy (1:52.9), and the 3,200 team of Helena Osk Arnadittir, Heather Williams, Riley Francis and Regan Weidner (10:47.98).
Dixon 4, IVC 0: Katie Provo had three goals and one assist as the Duchesses blanked the Grey Ghosts at A.C. Bowers Field.
Also for Dixon (9-3), Lauren Chacon had a goal and an assist, and Cristen Rozek added an assist. Carly Hartle made five saves in recording her fifth shutout this season.
Kara Nehrkorn, RF softball, grand slam
Kylie Ackerman, E-P softball, 6 RBIs
Katie Provo, Dixon soccer, 3 goals, assist