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Rockets blast past Cardinals at home

Comets batter Boilermakers, Panthers quiet Storm in TRAC East matchups

The Rock Falls baseball team pitched and slugged its way to a 3-0 home win over Big Northern Conference foe Stillman Valley on Monday. 

Jay Schueler struck out 16 and allowed just one hit in a complete-game performance, throwing 64 of his 85 pitches for strikes. Austin Sandrock and Alec Akerman hit back-to-back home runs in the first for the Rockets, and Noah Schueler added an RBI double in the fourth.

Ottawa 3, Sterling 1: The Golden Warriors could only manage a run in the bottom of the sixth in a loss to the Pirates at Gartner Park.

Cooper Willman struck out nine in five innings on the mound for Sterling.

The Golden Warriors managed just three hits off Ottawa pitching, with Evan Tira hitting a double and Carter Lehman and Haze Morales adding singles. Morales drove in Willman for the Warriors’ lone run.

Newman 8, Kewanee 5: Ethan Behrens singled twice, drove in two runs, and was the winning pitcher as the Comets picked up a TRAC East road win against the Boilermakers.

Drew Ackman, Chase Graham, Brycen Bartel, Jake Ackman and Elias Henkel also drove in runs for Newman (6-3).

Erie-Prophetstown 12, Bureau Valley 0, 5 inn.: Clayton Johnson, Harrison Ames and Evan Camper combined on a no-hitter for the Panthers.

Johnson struck out eight in his three innings on the mound, while Ames struck out the side and Camper added two strikeouts.

E-P scored nine runs in the bottom of the first in the win. Travis Coleman had three hits and drove in four runs.

Winnebago 5, Oregon 1: The Hawks were held to one hit in a Big Northern home loss to the Indians.

Dalton Hermes pitched 3 1/3 innings and struck out seven for Oregon.

Winnebago was held in check until scoring a pair of runs in the fourth inning. The Indians then added one in the fifth and two more in the seventh.

Riverdale 1, Morrison 0: The Mustangs were shut out by the Rams in a game in Clinton, Iowa.

Noah VanZuiden struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, and allowed a run on six hits for
Morrison.

Softball

Newman 16, Kewanee 1, 4 inn.: The Comets scored in every inning, including seven runs in the first, for a TRAC East road win.

Hailey Frank hit a home run and drove in three runs. Elle Koerner had four RBIs at the plate and struck out four in four innings in the circle. Mattea Bianchi and Trinity Martinez aided the Newman offense with doubles.

Erie-Prophetstown 9, Bureau Valley 4: The Panthers scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to overtake the Storm in Prophetstown.

Erica Thulen had a big game for E-P with two triples and four runs batted in.

Makenzie Glassburn also knocked in two runs.

Calisa Steel got the win in the circle. She allowed four runs (one earned), eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.

Bri Boers went 3-for-4 and scored one run to lead Bureau Valley. Darla Kepner, Jenna Nordstrom and Zoe Schiedel had RBIs.

Orion 18, Fulton 6, 5 inn.: The Steamers scored four runs in the fourth inning, but could not keep pace in a TRAC West road loss to the Chargers.

Emily Schipper hit a home run, and Emily Banker doubled for Fulton.

Girls soccer

Faith Christian 1, Oregon 0: The Falcons edged the Hawks at Oregon Park West.

Katelin Pudlas made 10 saves in net for Oregon.

Boys tennis

Sterling 7, Alleman 2: The Golden Warriors went on the road and got the best of the Pioneers.

Dillon Nitz, Andrew Ivarson, Luke Steinke and Fritiof Fagergren won singles matches for Sterling.

Ivarson and Nathaniel Stout, as well as Steinke and Fagergren, won in doubles.

Boys track & field

Cardinals cruises at home meet: Forreston-Polo won 14 events to take first in a seven-team meet at home with 271 points.

Amboy-LaMoille was second with 95. AFC was sixth with 14.

F-P swept the relays with Dom Christensen, Evan Kelsey, Cailean Davids and Jordan Neuschwander winning the 4x100; Kelsey, Christensen, Neuschwander and Brady Webb winning the 4x200; Christsensen, Davids, Neuschwander and Cayden Shelton winning the 4x400; and Draven Wells, Quincy Williams, Caleb Scott and Wyatt Queckboerner winning the 4x800.

Jace Coffey swept the throws, going 172 feet, 3 inches in the discus and 43-10 in the shot put. Webb won the long jump with a leap of 20-7 and the 100 in 10.89 seconds, while Ethan Phillips won the triple jump, going 40-4 3/4.

Bennett Soltow won the 110 hurdles in 15.21 and the 300 hurdles in 44.18.

Davids won the 400. Shelton won the 800.

Amboy-LaMoille’s Brock Loftus swept the distance races, winning the 1,600 in 5:26.28 and the 3,200 in 11:37.12.

Cameron Thomas had AFC’s top finish of the night with a third-place showing in the triple jump.

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