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Baseball

Dukes have no trouble vs. Tigers

Comets hold off Panthers; Steamers rally for TRAC West win

Dixon’s Payton Lawrence fires a pitch against Byron during Thursday’s Big Northern road game. Lawrence struck out seven and alloweds just one hit in a complete game as the Dukes beat the Tigers 12-1 in five innings.
Dixon’s Payton Lawrence fires a pitch against Byron during Thursday’s Big Northern road game. Lawrence struck out seven and alloweds just one hit in a complete game as the Dukes beat the Tigers 12-1 in five innings.

Scoring multiple runs in every inning but the fourth, Dixon cruised to a 12-1 Big Northern road win over Byron on Thursday.

The Dukes scored three in the first, two in the second, four in the third and three in the fifth, off of just six hits as Byron committed eight errors in the game.

Andrew Long drove in three runs. John Oldman and Payton Lawrence each had two RBIs.

Lawrence struck out seven in five innings.

Rockford Christian 17, Oregon 7: The Hawks weren’t able to keep up with the Royal Lions in Rockford.

Newman 8, Erie-Prophetstown 7: The Comets jumped out to a 6-1 lead thanks to four runs in the first and two in the second, then held on as the Panthers rallied for three in the top of the third, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Brycen Bartel had two hits and drove in two runs for Newman, while Luke Olson struck out four on the mound. Ethan Behrens came on in relief, striking out six in four innings.

Owen Behrens struck out five in a two-inning relief stint for E-P. Harrison Ames and Travis Coleman each had three hits for the
Panthers. Coleman, Josh Hammer and Kade Kovarik each drove in a run.

Fulton 9, Riverdale 6: The Steamers fell behind 5-1 after the top of the fourth, but rallied for five runs in the bottom half to jump ahead against the Rams.

Seth Sikkema’s two-out three-run double in the bottom of the fifth broke a 6-all tie. Cody Sanderson earned the win in relief after throwing three scoreless innings.

Ethan Fish and Bryant VanZuiden had two hits apiece for the Steamers. Erik North collected three RBIs, and Hunter Collachia picked up a two-out two-run single in the fourth.

Storm split DH: Bureau Valley picked up a 6-1 win and lost 12-9 in a TRAC East doubleheader on the road against the Kewanee
Boilermakers.

Polo 11, Dakota 5: The Marcos improved to 4-4, 3-3 in the conference, with an NUIC East home win.

Mack Llanas pitched a complete game and struck out seven.

Joey Bardell drove in three runs, while Lucas Hammond,
Cole Faivre and Brady Clark each had two RBIs.

River Ridge 1, Eastland 0: The Cougars were shut out on the road, managing two hits in the loss.

River Ridge got the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Tanner Giedd pitched six innings, allowing just the unearned run on five hits. He struck out three and walked no one.

Amboy 9, Orangeville 4: The Clippers scored three runs in the first and two more in the second to jump out to a big lead and beat the Broncos.

Mitchell McLaughlin pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win, allowing four runs and seven hits, and striking out nine.

McLaughlin and Hunter Zimmerly each went 2-for-3. Maverick Lindenmeyer was 3-for-4.

Aquin 12, Milledgeville 4: The Missiles couldn’t keep pace with the reigning sectional champions in an NUIC East game in Freeport.

Thursday’s stars

Payton Lawrence, Dixon, win, 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 7 SO, 2 RBIs

Brycen Bartel, Newman, 1B, 2B, 2 RBIs

Seth Sikkema, Fulton, go-ahead 3-RBI double

Joey Bardell, Polo, 3 RBIs

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