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Raiders earn first victory

Dukes drop 2 at Fulton Invite; Panthers baseball, softball fall

The AFC Raiders picked up their first win of the season Friday, downing River Ridge 3-1 in Ashton despite being held to just one hit.

After scoring twice in the fourth inning on wild pitches after walks and stolen bases, AFC (1-8) got an RBI single from Garrett Drew in the sixth inning.

Caleb Drew got the win on the mound, striking out three, walking three and hitting two batters while allowing one earned run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Dixon 0-2 at Fulton Invite: The Dukes faced Aurora Christian and Ottawa Marquette in the first two rounds at the Muddy Water Classic, falling in both games.

Dixon lost 10-3 to Aurora Christian, as a 2-1 lead after one inning turned into a 5-2 deficit after three. Andrew Long had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run and scored one. John Oldman also had an RBI. Brock Burgess took the loss on the mound, though only one of the five runs he allowed was earned, as the Dukes committed five errors.

Dixon fell 18-1 to Marquette.

Rockridge 10, Erie-Prophetstown 3: The Panthers fell behind 5-1 after two innings and couldn’t mount a comeback against the Rockets in Edgington.

Travis Coleman had a game-high three hits for E-P. Jacob Ryan had a pair of singles and an RBI. Evan Camper took the loss.

Softball

Riverdale 9, Erie-Prophetstown 1: The Panthers couldn’t keep up with the Rams in a Three Rivers crossover game in Prophetstown.

Skylar Steimle had an RBI single to score Dena Johnson in the sixth, but that was all E-P could muster against Riverdale pitcher Ashlyn Hemm. 

Hemm allowed just four hits and struck out 15 in the complete-game win. She also had three hits, including a home run. Calisa Steel took the loss in the circle for the Panthers.

Boys tennis

United Township 3, Dixon 2: The Dukes won both singles matches in East Moline, but were swept by the Panthers in doubles competition.

Jason Rugh cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, and Quinten Hoyle won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

Dixon’s No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Ferguson and Ryan Lawton fell in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 10-8).

Girls track & field

Dixon 3rd in Yorkville: Led by double-winner Tayla Schwarz, the Duchesses placed third at the Yorkville Invitational.

Schwarz won the shot put (38 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and discus (132-1), and Leah Drengenberg took first in the 1,600 (5:23.36).

Emily Lynch was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (53.84 seconds), and the team of Taylor Renkes, Nicquelette Fazekas, Grace Johnson and Jade Miller took second in the 3,200 relay (10:18.85). Taylor Hills added a third in the 3,200 (13:12.75),

Thornton Fractional North won the meet, and the host Foxes took second.

Sterling 5th, RF 9th in Rock Island: The Golden Warriors won three events at the Rock Island ABC Invitational, while the Rockets won two.

Madilyn Barnhart won the ‘A’ flight 3,200 in 12:23.83, and Macie Gebhardt took first in the ‘A’ high jump (5 feet, 4 inches). Rainbow Allen added a victory in the ‘C’ 100 dash (13.30 seconds).

Erin Long added a second in the ‘A’ long jump (16-11 3/4), and took third in the ‘A’ 100 (12.87) and 200 (27.52). Samantha Hibbard took second in the ‘A’ 100 hurdles (15.64).

Rock Falls was led by Bailee Fortney’s win in the ‘A’ 1,600 (5:32.94), while Alex Gomez won the ‘B’ 1,600 (5:41.15). Those two teamed up with Erin Porter and Bryahna Ganther to take second in the ‘A’ 3,200 relay (10:19.37).

Harlem won the team title.

College softball

Sauk Valley 8, Kishwaukee 2: The Skyhawks picked up a home win over the Kougars thanks to a four-run fifth inning.

The game was tied at 2 before Sauk jumped ahead for good. The Skyhawks added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

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