Paige Reynolds' grand slam highlighted a six-run sixth inning, Julie Dodd doubled in three runs an inning earlier, and the Rock Falls Rockets rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Fulton Steamers on Friday afternoon in Rock Falls.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Dodd's double gave the Rockets (12-2-1) the lead. The next frame broke things wide open, as Chelsi Blair's bases-loaded walk made it 4-1, then Reynolds followed two batters later with her bases-clearing blast.
Payton Milne drove in the final run with the second of her two singles, which provided plenty of run support for starter Michaela Ward and reliever Dodd. Ward struck out five and walked one in three one-hit innings, and Dodd struck out three and walked two in four innings of two-hit, shutout relief.
Chelsea Lesniewski took the loss for Fulton, which got a solo home run from Olivia Edfors to lead off the second inning.
Newman 19, Kewanee 0, 5 inn.: The Comets pounded 20 hits in a lopsided Three Rivers crossover win on the road.
Julie Hurd and Jenna Stevens had four hits and two RBIs apiece, and Mary Alice Oswalt and Stacia Walter each added three hits and an RBI. Lakyn Waldschmidt had two hits and drove in two runs, and also struck out 10 and walked two in a one-hitter.
Amboy 4, Princeton 3: The Clippers rallied with three runs in the top of the sixth to knock off the Tigers in Princeton.
Karlee Doege, who picked up the win after allowing 10 hits, three runs with eight strikeouts and four walks, had two hits. Sydney Wilhelm drove in two runs and had a double. Hannah McCoy also had an RBI for Amboy (9-5, 3-2).
Princeton's Abby Jaques had a home run and two RBIs. Madison Meuzl took the loss.
Milledgeville 12, Durand 3: The Missiles had 17 hits as they pulled away from the Bulldogs in Milledgeville.
Taylor Grenoble, Kayleigh Jo Leddy and Kendra Schave each had three hits. One of Schave's was a home run. Leddy and Courtney Swalve both drove in three runs for the Missiles, who led 10-0 after two innings.
Morgan Adolph picked up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Forreston-Polo sweeps Pec: The Cardinals got a tiebreaking grand slam to win the opener, and a three-hitter from a freshman pitcher in the nightcap to win a pair of NUIC East games in Pecatonica.
Forreston-Polo took the first game 7-3, thanks to Olivia Peterson's grand slam in the fifth inning that broke a 3-3 tie. She also had two doubles, Destiny Darmon had three singles, and Hailey Ingram added a pair of base hits and two RBIs. Abby Peterson (7-2) struck out eight without a walk in a complete-game victory.
The Cardinals (10-4, 6-2) won the second game 11-1 in five innings. Kate Metzger allowed one run and three hits, with one strikeout and one walk in her first varsity start. Olivia Peterson smacked another homer, this one a three-run shot, and Darmon again had three hits. Ingram had a single and a double, and Paige Peterson ripped a pair of doubles.
Sauk sweeps Highland: Mackenzie Staples' home run was the difference in the opener, while Bri Schultz and Kiara Kaleel combined for a six-hit shutout in the nightcap as the Skyhawks beat Highland twice at home.
Sauk Valley (27-14, 14-6 Arrowhead) won the first game 3-1. Staples broke a scoreless tie with a two-run shot in the fourth, and Stephanie Kester drove in an insurance run in the fifth. Kaleel (16-8) went the distance, allowing one run and five hits, striking out seven without a walk.
The Skyhawks took the second game 1-0. Schultz (7-4) pitched into the seventh with six strikeouts and three walks, and Kaleel got the final two outs for her third save in as many chances. Kaleel's RBI double in the bottom of the sixth provided the lone run.
Olivia Peterson, Forreston-Polo, game-winning grand slam in opener, 2-run HR in nightcap
Paige Reynolds, RF, grand slam, 4 RBIs
Lakyn Waldschmidt, Newman, 1-hitter, 10 SO; 2 hits, 2 RBIs
Kendra Schave, Milledgeville, 3 H, HR, 2 RBIs