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Ward reaches record in win

Rock Falls ace sets single-season strikeout mark

Michaela Ward struck out 16 Oregon Hawks in a one-hit shutout, setting a new school record for strikeouts in a single season in the Rock Falls Rockets' 7-0 victory Friday over the Oregon Hawks.

Ward (14-5) walked one in the complete game, and also had two hits and an RBI as the Rockets (19-7, 10-2) closed their Big Northern West slate with a win under the lights at Oregon Park West.

Paige Reynolds ripped a two-run double, Kaylyn Booker and Taylor Anderson both had three hits, and Booker drove in a run for Rock Falls, which sealed the win with a five-run sixth inning. Chelsi Blair, Jenny Lawson and Peyton Milne added RBIs for the Rockets.

Abby Baker struck out two and didn't walk a hitter in a complete-game loss for the Hawks.


Baseball

Forreston-Polo 5, West Carroll 3:
Brayden Wierzycki drove in three runs to lead the Cardinals to an NUIC crossover victory in Thomson.

Nathan Schneiderman and Ethan Groom also had RBIs for Forreston-Polo (16-11), which scored all five runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Schneiderman struck out four in an inning and two-thirds of relief of starter Jacob Cunningham, who struck out six but walked nine in 5 2/3 innings.

Aaron Ritenour struck out five and walked four in 5 2/3 innings of work for the Thunder.

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