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Chandler delivers in clutch

Panthers’ slugger hits 3-run home run in sixth; Clippers advance at regional

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:43 p.m. CDT
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(Gary Krambeck/Special to SVM)
Sterling's Karlie Mellott jumps over Moline's Alyssa Ealy during Thursday's game in Moline. Sterling lost 11-8.
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(Gary Krambeck/Special To SVM)
Sterling right fielder Abri Hale dives to stop a ball during Thursday's game in Moline.

Jordan Chandler hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to propel the Erie-Prophetstown Panthers to a 3-2 win over Princeton in a semifinal game of the 2A Bureau Valley Regional in Manlius.

Kennth Cole picked up the win with three innings in relief of Ethan Howard. Cole allowed one run with three strikeouts and a walk.

The third-seeded Panthers (13-12) play No. 4 seed St. Bede in the championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Amboy 9, Paw Paw 0: Logan Thake pitched seven scoreless innings and had 15 strikeouts to lead the Amboy Clippers to a win over Paw Paw in a semifinal game of the 1A Putnam County Regional.

The Clippers advance to play top seed Putnam County at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Tim Clark had three hits and scored four times for Amboy, while Jake Rinard had two RBIs. Canaan Ross added a triple and an RBI for the Clippers.

United Township 2, Sterling 1: After the Golden Warriors took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the seventh in East Moline, the Panthers rallied with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off win.

Turner Morse scored the lone run for Sterling, which had four hits. Esteban Sosa went the distance, allowing two runs (neither earned) and eight hits, with three strikeouts, a walk and a hit batter.

Alleman 6, Rock Falls 0: The Rockets managed just five hits in a shutout loss in Rock Island, and three errors led to four unearned Pioneer runs.

Trace Hippen had two singles, and Austin Donoho and Cayden Erickson both doubled for Rock Falls (18-11). Donoho went 6 2/3 innings for the loss, and Dustin Huycke threw one pitch in relief to get the final out.

Softball

Moline 11, Sterling 8:
Lauren Fritz smashed a two-run home run, and Shannon Long drove in three runs, but the Golden Warriors lost a nonconference contest in the Quad Cities.

Karlie Mellott had three hits for Sterling (23-8), which also got RBIs from Emily McDonald and Darien Bardoner. Lexy Staples took the loss in the circle.

Kellie Smet and Alaina Hofmann each had two hits and two RBIs for the Maroons (25-7).

Burlington Central 7, Rock Falls 0: Michaela Ward struck out 11, but four Rocket errors led to four unearned runs in a Big Northern crossover loss on the road.

Kaylyn Booker's single was the lone hit for Rock Falls (20-9). Burlington Central's Brooke Gaylord struck out 10 and walked one in the one-hitter, and also had three hits, including a double and a solo homer.

Thursday's stars

Jordan Chandler, Erie-Prophetstown, 3-run home run

Logan Thake, Amboy, winning pitcher, 0 runs allowed, 15 strikeouts

Shannon Long, Sterling, 3 RBIs

Michaela Ward, RF, complete-game loss, 11 SO, 3 BB

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