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Marcos run away with title

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:09 a.m. CDT
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Dixon's Haley Fitzsimmons scoops up a ground ball during Thursday's game against LaSalle-Peru at Reynolds Park. The Duchesses lost 14-3.

Brad Cavanaugh was part of three wins to lead the Polo-Forreston Marcos to victory at the eight-team Amboy Invitational on Thursday.

Cavanaugh won the triple jump (37 feet, 7 1/2 inches) and high jump (6-2), and also ran a leg on the winning 800 relay team (1:36.30). Brooks Grobe, Max Barkalow and Nathan Stukenberg joined him in the 800 relay, and also teamed with Owen Bailey to take the 400 relay (45.07 seconds).

Barkalow won the 100 (11.59), Stukenberg took the 200 (23.54), and Kevin Cheeseman won the 400 (54.88). The Marcos also won the 3,200 relay (8:48.39) with the quartet of Jesse Ditzler, Brian Cavanaugh, Ethan Ditzler and Kaleb Reining.

Polo-Forreston's 217 points were 100 better than runner-up Amboy (117). AFC also competed, scoring 32 points in fifth place.

Skylar Wheeler led the Clippers with a win in the 800 (2:12.26), and also ran in the victorious 1,600 relay (3:44.70) with Josh Gross, Liam Ohlendorf and Jeffry DeLong. Braedon Bonnell added a win in the 1,600 (4:55.24) for Amboy.

The Raiders' lone win came from Riley Stephens in the long jump (18-3). Stephens also took second in the 400 (55.23).


Rockford Christian 11, Oregon 2:
Matt Murray had two hits and an RBI, but took the loss for the Hawks on the mound in a nonconference road game.

Adam Bettner added an RBI for Oregon. Murray struck out seven and walked five, allowing seven runs (three earned) and four hits in four innings. Taylor Brubaker gave up four runs (three earned) in two innings of relief.

Stockton-Warren 7, Eastland 2: Colton Broshous struck out 17 Cougars in a complete-game NUIC West victory in Stockton.

Devin Hartman had two hits, and Ramsay Truckenmiller recorded the lone RBI for Eastland. Chase Giedd took the loss.

Jordan Fox had two hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead Stockton-Warren.


LaSalle-Peru 14, Dixon 3, 6 inn: Beccah Jones had two RBIs and a double with a run scored for the Duchesses in their Northern Illinois Big-12 home loss.

Erin Smith took the loss after allowing 14 runs (12 earned) and 12 hits in six innings. She also issued seven walks in the game.

College softball

Skyhawks win twice: The Sauk Valley Community College softball team swept a doubleheader against host Kishwaukee without allowing a run. The Skyhawks won the first game 12-0, and took the second 13-0.

Pitcher Kiara Kaleel won Game 1 after allowing just one hit in three innings while striking out three. She also pitched three innings in Game 2 and allowed one hit, struck out four batters and issued a walk.

Stephanie Kester earned the win in Game 2 after pitching two innings of one-hit ball. She struck out four.

Lori Lynch led the Skyhawks in Game 2 with a 4-for-4 effort, including a home run. She also scored four runs in the game. Teammate Bri Shultz also had a strong two games at the plate, collecting three hits including a double and a triple while totaling seven RBIs.

Thursday's stars

Brad Cavanaugh, Polo track, 2 individual wins, 1 relay win

Beccah Jones, Dixon softball, 2B, 2 RBI, R

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