Warriors hold on for win
Stephanie Kester pitched four shutout innings, and also had a sac fly and a two-run single to lead the Sterling Golden Warriors to a 7-5 victory over the Alleman Pioneers on Wednesday afternoon in Sterling.
Kester allowed two hits and struck out two, and Priscilla Aponte picked up another three-inning save. Karlie Mellott had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run, while Aponte, Darien Bardoner and Gabi Trujillo also had RBIs for the Warriors (14-1).
Amboy 17, Fulton 4, 5 inn.: Cassey Doege homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the Clippers in a run-rule win over the visiting Steamers.
Also for Amboy, Kelsie Thurman had three singles and three RBIs, Destinee Oenes had three hits, including a double, and Micaela McCoy doubled and singled. Oenes was also the winning pitcher.
Emma Wiemken, Maddy Anderson and Chelsea Lesniewski each had two hits for Fulton.
Forreston-Polo 5, Aquin 4: Megan Patterson's walk-off base hit in the bottom of the seventh extended the Cardinals' winning streak to eight.
After Sophie Brunner's two-run double capped a four-run rally and tied the score at 4 in the top of the sixth, Patterson's hit thwarted Aquin's comeback attempt. Ashley Peterson picked up the win for Forreston-Polo (9-7, 6-4 NUIC East).
Pearl City 4, Eastland 1: The Cougars dropped an NUIC West game to league-leading Pearl City in Lanark.
Meghan Stichter and Halle Fransen combined on a three-hitter for the Wolves (12-2, 9-0).
Sterling 9, Streator 5: Tanner Morse went 4-for-4, including a double and a triple, scored four runs and stole four bases to lead the Golden Warriors past the Bulldogs at Gartner Park.
Morse was also the winning pitcher, allowing three earned runs and six hits in five innings. Also for Sterling (10-13, 4-7 NIB-12 West), Brandon Dennis had two hits, including a double, scored two runs and drove in two.
Morrison 10, Riverdale 6: Danny Willis tripled, doubled, singled and drove in five runs to lead the Mustangs past the Rams in Morrison.
Also for Morrison (12-4, 9-2 Three Rivers), Bill Lee Greul doubled, singled and drove in a run.
Amboy 10, Fulton 3: Nate Rinard's three-run double highlighted the Clippers' five-run third inning in a Three Rivers win at home.
Drew Fordham added two doubles and two RBIs for Amboy (11-12, 4-8). Tyson Powers (3-2) struck out 11 and walked one while allowing one earned run in a complete-game victory.
Ethan Jones lasted only three innings in the loss, and also had the Steamers' lone RBI.
Aquin 9, Polo-Forreston 1: Adam Feiner tossed a 3-hitter to lead the Bulldogs past the Cardinals in Forreston.
Jonah Drake took the loss for Polo-Forreston (9-7, 5-3 NUIC West).
Sauk Valley 9, Highland 5: Casey McCallister's three-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning and essentially put away an Arrowhead win for the Skyhawks at home.
McCallister had five RBIs in the game, and J.J. Johnston added three hits and drove in a run. Corbin Blean had two hits and an RBI as Sauk (15-17, 7-8) scored seven of its nine runs in its final two at-bats. Matthew Liberty got the win as the second of four pitchers.
Tanner Morse, Sterling baseball, 4-for-4, 4 runs, 4 stolen bases
Danny Willis, Morrison baseball, triple, double, 5 RBI
Casey McCallister, Sauk baseball, HR, 5 RBIs
Stephanie Kester, Sterling softball, 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H; 2 hits, 3 RBIs
Tyson Powers, Amboy baseball, CG, 1 ER, 7 H, 11 SO
Megan Patterson, Forreston-Polo softball, walk-off single in 7th