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Comets cruise on road

Hawks, Missiles split at home; Cougars earn sweep

The Newman Comets swept a doubleheader Saturday in Savanna, backing up a 10-1 win over West Carroll in the opener with a 13-8 victory in Game 2 as the home team.

Alex Buhler had three hits and an RBI in Game 1, and Brandon Burke had two hits and two RBIs. Michael Ely, A.J. Sharp, and Marcel Bauby all added RBIs, and Quincy Coomes got the win on the mound.

Buhler had three more hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two more runs in the nightcap. Ely doubled and knocked in two, while Dillan Heffelfinger added two hits and an RBI. Ricky Rank drove in a run, and Matt Wagenecht picked up the win.

Oregon splits at home: The Hawks rallied to beat North Boone 14-13 in the opener, then lost the nightcap 10-0 in six innings.

Tyler Blume had four hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs in the opener. Sawyer Reynolds added two doubles and four RBIs, and Adam Bettner had four hits and drove in three runs. Josh Cook added two RBIs, and Oregon scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to win.

The Hawks were limited to two hits in Game 2.

Missiles split at home: Milledgeville beat South Beloit 6-2, then dropped the back end of an NUIC East doubleheader at MillWheel Park, 7-6.

Jordan Harris allowed one hit and two unearned runs in six innings, and added two hits at the plate. Zach Herin had four RBIs, with two of them coming on a pair of sacrifice flies.

Herin added three hits and an RBI in the nightcap, while Devin Biller, Kameron DawTyne, Garrett Kness and Blake Kappes had RBIs; Kness also drove in a run in Game 1. Kappes took the loss in relief of DawTyne.

Pearl City 8, AFC 0: Tristan Bushman had two of the Raiders’ three hits in an NUIC crossover loss to the Wolves in Pearl City.

Matt Heng (1-3) took the loss for AFC (4-8), allowing eight runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five innings.

Eastland sweeps at home: The Cougars used a seven-run second to seize control against Durand-Pecatonica in a 9-1 opening win, then took the nightcap 7-6 on Jacob Reuscher’s
walk-off RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh.

Marshall Fink allowed one unearned run and six hits in Game 1, and Reuscher, Devin Hartman and Nick Simpson drove in two runs each in the opener.

Chase Giedd led the offense in Game 2 with three RBIs, and Reuscher got the win in relief after getting the final out in the top of the seventh with a strikeout.

Boys tennis

Newman 3rd in Iowa: The Comets placed third in the four-team Camanche Invitational, led by K.C. Knack’s third-place finish in the singles bracket.

J.P Neisewander was right behind in fourth, as Newman scored nine points to finish behind Clinton (29 points) and Camanche (11).

The Comets’ doubles team of Noah Leffelman and Connor Knack finished fifth, while Elliott Frankfother and Tucker Shoemaker took sixth.

College baseball

Sauk splits, then wins wild one: The Skyhawks beat Highland 4-2 in the opener, then dropped the nightcap 2-1 in 12 innings on Saturday.

Jake Randall and Joey Sullivan drove in runs in Game 1, and Julio Sepulveda went six innings for the win. Cody Dietz pitched the seventh for the save, spoiling a strong outing by Highland’s Tyler Giedd, an Eastland grad.

Jace Anderson was the tough-luck loser in Game 2, going the distance on the mound. He struck out seven and walked three while allowing two earned runs and nine hits. David Gottemoller drove in Sauk’s lone run.

On Sunday, the Skyhawks beat Rock Valley 4-3 in 14 innings, then had the second game stopped because of rain.

The teams were tied 2-2 after seven innings, and stayed that way until the 14th. Rock Valley scored a run in the top of the frame to take a 3-2 lead, but Sauk answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to win it.

Andy Schaver had the lone RBI for the Skyhawks. Mario Pacheco pitched 11 innings of seven-hit ball, striking out 12 and walking three. Nate Sharpshair got the win by pitching the final three innings, allowing two hits and striking out three without a walk.

College tennis

Skyhawks ousted at Region IV: Julius Alvarado won the lone match for Sauk Valley at the Region IV Tournament held Friday and Saturday in Palos Hills.

Alvarado won a 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 decision against Oakton’s Alex Vegara on Friday. He then fell to the region’s top seed, Mike Broderick of Moraine Valley, on Saturday.

Two more Skyhawks, Jonathon Downing and Victor Renteria, dropped third-set tiebreakers.

Saturday’s stars

Alex Buhler, Newman, 6 hits, 3 RBIs in doubleheader

Tyler Blume, Oregon, 4 hits, HR, 5 RBIs in opener of doubleheader

Zach Herin, Milledgeville, 5 RBIs in doubleheader

Marshall Fink, Eastland, complete-game 6-hitter in opener; 2 RBIs in doubleheader

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