Erin Stroup singled home Darien Bardoner as part of a two-run, eighth-inning rally by the Sterling softball team in the championship game of the IC Catholic Tournament Saturday against Burlington Central in Elmhurst. The Warriors won the game 7-5, and finished the day 3-0.
Stroup, who had three hits in the game including a home run, had two RBis. Abri Hale had a pair hits, while Lauren Fritz and Darien Bardoner both drove in runs.
Stroup started the day with a three-RBI game in a 5-2 win over Reed-Custer. Nadia Trujillo had a double and an RBI in the game.
In the next round, Sterling beat IC Catholic 5-1 behind a two-hit, two-RBI effort from Emily McDonald.
Lexy Staples pitched and won all three games for Sterling.
The Morrison Fillies finished third at the tournament after going 2-1. Brooke Stralow and Lauren Rice combined for a no-hitter of Momence in a 9-0 win to start the tournament.
Stralow had 13 strikeouts in five innings for Morrison (14-2). Shannon Finneran had three hits and two RBIs. Stralow had a pair of hits and an RBI.
Morrison then lost to Burlington Central 3-0, despite outhitting the Rockets 6-3. Stralow took the loss.
Morrison won the final game 14-2 over IC Catholic. Emma Sitzmore had four hits, a double and an RBI. Chelsea Eads had a home run and two RBIs. Stralow got the win.
Rockets go 1-1: Three seventh-inning errors cost Rock Falls in a 4-3 loss to St. Bede at home. The Rockets recovered to beat Forreston-Polo 10-0 in five innings later in the day.
Paige Reynolds had two hits including a 2-run double in the loss to the Bruins. Michaela Ward (15-6) took the loss, allowing seven hits, four runs, two earned with six strikeouts and no walks.
Ward allowed only one hit against the Cardinals, while striking out 10 and walking zero. Ward also had three hits and three RBis in the win for Rock Falls (20-8).
Jozi Grobe took the loss for Forreston-Polo.
Aquin 7, AFC 6: The Raiders rallied to tie the score at six with four runs in the top of the seventh, but the Bulldogs pushed across one in the bottom of the frame to win in Freeport.
Carlee Hargis took the loss, allowing one run and one hit in 1 1/3 innings. She had two strikeouts and no walks.
Lea Koning had two hits, two runs and an RBI for AFC. Lauren Meurer had a double and two RBIs.
Kelly Slace was the winning pitcher, as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings. She also had two hits and drove in two runs.