Michaela Ward tossed 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief as the Rock Falls softball team rallied for a 7-5 victory against visiting Newman on Tuesday.
Ward (10-0) struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter in relief of starter Julie Dodd, who was touched for five runs (four earned), four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings.
Kara Nehrkorn drove in two runs for Rock Falls (11-1).
Newman (6-6) seized a 5-1 lead after scoring five runs in the top of the third. Stacia Walter and Sam Miller each had RBIs. Miller (2-3) was the losing pitcher.
Orangeville 10, AFC 9: Cassidy Koning drove in three runs for the Raiders in a wild loss to the Broncos in Ashton.
Koning was also the losing pitcher. She gave up 10 runs (four earned), 12 hits and one walk, while striking out four.
East Dubuque 8, West Carroll 6: The Thunder (6-14) had trouble defensively, committing six errors which led to five unearned runs.
Abby Maike took the loss after allowing eight runs (three earned) and eight hits in six innings. She struck out seven and walked five. Maike also had an impact at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Monica Smith led West Carroll at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs in the loss.
Dakota 10, Forreston-Polo 0, 5 innings: The Cardinals lost an NUIC East game on the road.
Marcos take second: Polo-Forreston placed second at its own invitational, scoring 144½ points to finish behind winner Galena-River Ridge-East Dubuque’s 177 points.
Pearl City (101) was third, while Byron (65), Ohio (18½), and AFC (6) rounded out the six-team invite.
Serenity Stapleton was the only local winner, as she won the high jump for the Marcos with a leap of 4 feet, 6 inches.
AFC’s Audrey Rod placed fourth in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:10.40.
Skyhawks split on road: Kiara Kaleel tossed a two-hitter to lead Sauk Valley to a 9-0 victory against Illinois Valley in the second game of a doubleheader in Oglesby.
The Skyhawks (23-14, 10-6 Arrowhead) erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning. Beth Fuller and Stephanie Kester each drove in two runs to spark the rally.
Illinois Valley took the opener, 6-5. Lori Lynch drove in two runs for SVCC, while Kester collected three hits, including a double. Kaleel took the loss.
Michaela Ward, RF softball, 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 10 SO
Cassidy Koning, AFC softball, 3 RBIs
Monica Smith, WC softball, 3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBIs
Serenity Stapleton, Polo-Forreston track, won high jump