Sports Highlights for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Carroll County Youth Summer Ball Schedule



Mt. Carroll at Eastland 1

Milledgeville at Savanna

Eastland 2 at Stockton


Eastland 1 at Milledgeville

Stockton at Mt. Carroll

Savanna at Pearl City



Eastland 1 at Milledgeville Orange

Pearl City 2 at Pearl City 1

Savanna 1 at Savanna 2

Thomson at Eastland 2


Milledgeville Black at Pearl City 2

Milledgeville Orange at Eastland 2

Savanna 1 at Stockton

Pearl City 1 at Thomson



Eastland 1 at Mt. Carroll

Stockton 1 at Pearl City

Savanna at River Ridge

Stockton 2 at Eastland 2


Pearl City at Eastland 1

Mt. Carroll at Savanna

Eastland 2 at Stockton 1

Milledgeville at Stockton 2



Milledgeville at Eastland (DH)

Pearl City at Mt. Carroll (DH)

Stockton at Savanna (DH)



Savanna 1 at Eastland 1

Savanna 2 at Mt. Carroll 2

Pearl City 2 at Mt. Carroll 1

Pearl City 1 at Eastland 3

Milledgeville at Eastland 2


Eastland 3 at Milledgeville

Eastland 2 at Mt. Carroll 1

Pearl City 1 at Savanna 1

Pearl City 2 at Savanna 2

Mt. Carroll 2 at Eastland 1



Savanna 2 at Milledgeville 2

Eastland 2 at Milledgeville 1

Eastland 1 at Pearl City 2

Pearl City 1 at Savanna 1


Milledgeville 1 at Eastland 1

Pearl City 2 at Pearl City 1

Savanna 1 at Savanna 2

Milledgeville 2 at Eastland 2



Pearl City 2 at Mt. Carroll

Milledgeville 2 at Pearl City 1

Milledgeville 1 at Savanna

Eastland 1 at Eastland 2


Savanna at Eastland 1

Mt. Carroll at Milledgeville 2

Milledgeville 1 at Pearl City 1



Pearl City 1 at Pearl City 2

Milledgeville 2 at Shannon


Shannon at Milledgeville 1

Milledgeville 2 at Pearl City 1

Class 1A softball state final


June 2

Hardin Calhoun 2, Princeville 1 (12 inn.)

Goreville 11, Heyworth 0

June 3

Third Place

Princeville 6, Heyworth 3


Goreville 2, Hardin Calhoun 0 (9 inn.)

Class 2A softball state final


June 2

St. Joseph-Ogden 13, Pinckneyville 0

Beecher 6, Morrison 1: Four mistakes in the field cost the Fillies dearly. Beecher scored four runs off of four Morrison errors in the first, and that was all the offense it needed in a 6-1 win over Morrison on Friday in the 2A state semifinals at EastSide Centre.

Jaeden Workman couldn’t handle a grounder to short, Emma Sitzmore committed an error on an infield single allowing the runners to move up, and Emma Melton had trouble with a grounder to second as two runs scored. A groundout and a strikeout followed, and Morrison could have escaped the inning with a comebacker to the circle, but Morrison pitcher Lauren Rice’s throwing error led to Beecher’s third and fourth runs of the first inning.

“I really believe it was more nerves than anything else, especially in that first inning,” Morrison coach Tammy Deter said. “I think they were just a little nervous. Balls came at them hard, and they just didn’t make the plays that they’d normally make.”

Morrison (22-3) settled down from there, committing no errors the rest of the way. Rice (21-2) settled in, too. After issuing a walk in the first, she handed out no more free passes the rest of the way, and ended the game with five strikeouts.

“I did come out not spinning the ball as much as I needed to, but I came out the second inning knowing I needed to pitch to my defense,” Rice said. “I did that the first inning, but we had some errors. I came out changing my speeds up, and that did work.”

Beecher pitcher Kayla Hon (16-3) relied on her riseball and put her trust in her defense. She allowed just one run while scattering seven hits and striking out four.

“It really built our confidence, because we really didn’t know what to expect coming into this game,” Hon said. “We get a four-run lead, it really just gives us confidence for the rest of the game.”

Morrison got one run back immediately, as Brooke Stralow hit a solo home run in the top of the second. But that was all the offense the Fillies managed.

For most of the game, the Morrison hitters took good swings and made solid contact, but instead of line drives finding the gaps or hot singles darting through the defense, the Fillies were hitting lazy fly balls to the outfield. That would not be enough on a day when the Cats’ defense was flawless.

“The girls just needed to drive the ball a little bit more,” Deter said. “I think some of us were trying a little too much to try and get that big hit instead of just getting the ball in play. We tried to make some adjustments, moving in, moving back, and that didn’t work.”

Morrison was on the wrong end of some bad luck at times when the Fillies did make good contact. With a runner on in the top of the first, Workman hit a line drive up the middle, right into Hon’s glove, and she threw to first for a double play. Beecher’s defense robbed Kassidee Church in the second and Sitzmore in the seventh on well-hit line drives, and left fielder Alexis Abatte robbed Madison Steines with a catch up against the fence in the fifth.

“I felt like we didn’t have quality at-bats and we weren’t stringing the runs together,” Stralow said. “We got hits here and there, just never together.”

Beecher added insurance runs in the third and fifth, and Morrison never got them back. The Fillies tried to stage a last-gasp rally in the seventh as Steines and Ellie Schmidt hit back-to-back two-out singles, but Abbate reeled in the final out off the bat of Melton to send the Fillies into the third-place game.

SVM article by Eric Ingles

June 3

Third Place

Morrison 7, Pinckneyville 2: It’s taken years of patience for the 2017 Morrison softball team to reach the stage of a state tournament. And in its Class 2A third-place game at the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Saturday against Pinckneyville, a few more moments of patience paid off in smiles and one last win together, a 7-2 victory over the Panthers.

The Fillies were in pursuit of win No. 100 for the seniors, and win No. 518 for retiring coach Tammy Deter – but had to wait just a little longer to achieve both. A weather delay about 15 minutes prior to the start of the contest pushed the game back a half-hour. Morrison retreated to its charter bus, where the team and coaches anxiously strategized.

“When we were on the bus, I tried to spur them on by saying, ‘Girls, we’re going to go out and get third place and get win No. 100 as a group,’” Deter said. “That was our motivation.”

When the game started, the Fillies quickly realized that they’d need even more patience at the plate. Pinckneyville pitcher Daisy Dudek kept the Fillies off-balance with a fastball and changeup combo that had the Fillies way out in front on their swings, and having to adjust to the slower speeds. “We told them to move up in the box and be patient,” Deter said. “Don’t try to swing up, but line the ball.”

“After the first inning, Emma [Melton] came up to us and said, ‘No worries, we’ll get her timed and be on her,’” first baseman Brooke Stralow said. “We thought she was going to be a lot faster. We had to adjust and wait a little longer to make solid contact.”

It was Stralow who put the Fillies on the board first at EastSide Centre. Ellie Schmidt and Melton singled to start the third inning. After a fielder’s choice and a groundout put runners on second and third, Lauren Rice came back from an 0-2 count to work a walk. Stralow then singled up the middle to score Melton and Lauren Vos to make it 2-0 Morrison.

Controversy marred the top of the fourth. Pinckneyville’s Josie Gleason led off the inning with a single, and went all the way to third on fielding and throwing errors by Kassidee Church. The Panthers’ Emma Banach then grounded to Jaeden Workman at shortstop, who threw home to cut down courtesy runner Haleigh Kling. Morrison’s catcher, Vos, put her tag high, but the umpire called Kling out, much to the chagrin of the Panthers.

“We didn’t get a call,” Pinckneyville coach Alan Engelhardt said. “But those are things you have to fight through.”

Morrison ace Lauren Rice (22-2) escaped the inning unscathed, and put the nail in the Panthers’ coffin the following half-inning. Madison Steines was hit by a pitch with one out, then Melton singled up the middle and Vos beat out an infield single into the hole at shortstop to load the bases with two outs. Workman then hit an infield single, again to the hole at shortstop, to bring Steines home to make it 3-0, with the bases still full of Fillies. Next up was Rice, who took the first pitch she saw from Dudek way over the fence in left-center field for a no-doubt-about-it grand slam.

“I just knew I needed to take my hands and bat to it,” Rice said. “I gave it all I had, and it went out.” It was Rice’s third at-bat, and the eighth hit given up by the Dudek. The Panthers hoped the soft-tossing lefty could get through the Fillies’ order one more time to bridge the gap to the harder-throwing Mariah Clark.

“We were going to try to get through their order one more time then bring Mariah in,” Engelhardt said. “Now we wish we would’ve done it earlier, but Daisy pitched well. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Clark tossed the final two innings for Pinckneyville in no-hit fashion, striking out four. She threw just one ball to 20 strikes to retire the Fillies in order.

Pinckneyville (33-8) got a pair of runs in the fifth. Kylie Kling’s RBI groundout scored Lynlee Lindner, and Lydia Pestka came home on a wild pitch by Rice.

After giving up the two runs and throwing two balls, Rice took a step back from the circle, taking a few moments to regain her composure. She scattered eight hits over her complete-game performance, ultimately resulting in a groundout to Melton at second, who fired to Stralow at first to seal Morrison’s 23rd win of the season – as well as win No. 100 for Morrison’s departing senior class and No. 518 for the only head coach the Morrison softball program has ever known.

SVM article by Adam Feiner


Beecher 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 1

Class 1A baseball state final


June 2

Peoria Heights 4, Goreville 3

Valmeyer 7, Somonauk 4

June 3

Third Place

Goreville 10, Somonauk 3


Peoria Heights 6, Valmeyer 2

Class 2A baseball state final


June 2

St. Joseph-Ogden 5, Chicago Christian 2 (8 inn.)

Teutopolis 11, Orion 0 (6 inn.)

June 3

Third Place

Chicago Christian 9, Orion 0


Teutopolis 10, St. Joseph-Ogden 2

Class 3A softball sectional


May 30

Marengo 2, Sterling 0: Another year, another Sterling-Marengo sectional softball game. 

This time, however, the page has turned on what is becoming quite a long-distance rivalry.

For 5 of the past 6 seasons, the Golden Warriors and Indians have met in a 3A sectional round. Tuesday’s 3A sectional first-round game between the two was no different than most of those meetings – simply a couple of key moments that changed the entire outcome.  All it took for Marengo were two pitches from Sterling pitcher Jayme Eilers, both being hit over the outfield fence for the lone runs in a 2-0 Golden Warriors loss.  Leadoff homers from Hannah Ritter in the third inning and Lauren Aubry in the fifth inning helped give the Indians (31-6) their first postseason victory against Sterling since 2012. Other than those two pitches, Eilers gave up only one other hit and struck out eight in the complete-game effort. “She was hitting her spots when we asked her to,” Sterling coach Becki Edmondson said of her sophomore pitcher. “Two pitches, and two runs – that’s the name of the game now in high school softball.”

The long ball has been a strength for the Indians all year, and during their 7-1 win over Sterling on Good Friday, the Indians hit three homers. On Tuesday, Ritter’s home run was a line drive to right field, and Aubry – who also homered in their previous meeting – took hers past center field. “I saw it all over. I finally got one that I liked and took a hold of it,” Ritter said of her shot. “I knew that if I found one semi-close, I was going to swing because I knew [Eilers] wasn’t going to put one there again.” Aubry’s homer was the second of six straight batted balls Marengo took deep into the outfield. The first of those, to end the fourth inning, was a pop-up by Susie Nawrot that was caught by Hannah Kessler in center field. Anna Walsweer, who had reached after getting hit by a pitch, was about 10 feet from second base before turning around; Kessler’s throw to Lexy Staples at first base completed the double play by a couple of steps. Marengo also turned a double play. Grace Gould reached after getting hit by a Mariah Dionne pitch in the second inning, but Emilie Powers’ sacrifice try was popped up back to Dionne, who threw to first to retire Gould.  The Indians’ extra effort on defense didn’t end there. Adding to her offensive output, Ritter made a lunging catch of a Gretchen Gould line drive to left field with one on and two outs in the sixth inning – which may have saved a run. 

“Sometimes the ball doesn’t fall your way,” Gretchen Gould said, “and for them, home runs did.” “We had some nice hits,” Eilers added, “we just hit them to the girls that were there. I trusted in my offense and my defense even after those [home runs], and I knew that hopefully we’d be able to do something, but we were unable to today.” Jordan Thormeyer, who had two of Sterling’s four hits off Dionne, led off the seventh inning with a single to right field. Grace Gould came up next and had a challenging at-bat that featured seven foul balls past the backstop. Gould called timeout to try to freeze Dionne twice during the latter part of the at-bat, and after the second one, Dionne threw a rise ball that Gould swung on and missed at her shoulders – the 12th pitch of the at-bat. “My main goal was to find her weakness,” Dionne said, “just to keep battling, and honestly, that’s all I had to do, was to keep battling, find it, and whatever pitch she’d swing at, she’d swing at it.” “We just kept cheering each other on,” Thormeyer said, “and stay positive the whole entire game, thinking base hit after base hit was all we needed to get runners on.”  Dionne got Powers to pop out and got Maddie Corwell to hit a line drive to Riley Connell in center field to end the game. Dionne struck out seven in the win, which comes as a postseason load off the shoulders of the more-experienced Indians. 

“It feels so good,” Ritter said. “We’ve played them so many times in the past, and it’s not always gone our way. This time it feels so much better to beat them.” Edmondson figures her program will be just as competitive next year, with lots of returning players. Sterling loses only two seniors: Staples, a 4-year full-time varsity player, and shortstop Cheyenne Harrington, a 3-year full-time varsity player who saw partial time as a freshman during their state third-place season in 2014. “We only had two seniors and had a lot of new faces on varsity this year,” Edmondson said. “We struggled a little bit at the beginning of the year until we figured it out. This is one of the most coachable group of girls we’ve ever had. They’re eager, they’re young, and it’s only going to get better.” Both of the seniors are the last of a group of girls through the Sterling High School program that won a Little League World Series championship in 2011. 

“We can’t win the game if we don’t score, but we’ve been great all season,” Staples said. “I didn’t want to finish my year with any other team. It’s tough leaving after 4 years, but I know they’re going to do great next year, and I wish them the best of luck. “We fought to the end, I thought, and [Marengo] made the plays they needed. We just couldn’t find a hole.”

SVM article by Cody Cutter

May 31

Maple Park Kaneland 10, Belvidere 5

June 1

Marengo 5, Maple Park Kaneland 1

Class 3A softball super-sectional


June 5

Arlington Heights (St. Viator) vs. Marengo

Class 3A softball state final


June 9

Rochester/Herrin winner vs. East Peoria/Kankakee McNamara winner

LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy)/Lombard Montini winner vs. Arlington Heights (St. Viator)/Marengo winner

June 10

Third place game

Championship game

Class 3A baseball sectional


May 31

Burlington Central 9, Sterling 5: As the last sports team standing in an overly successful year for Sterling High School, its baseball team looked to end the year with a bang. Unfortunately for them, the Burlington Central Rockets did plenty of banging during a 3A Sycamore Sectional semifinal. Golden Warriors pitchers gave up four Central home runs and a combined 13 hits in a 9-5 loss at Sycamore Park District Sports Complex. Sterling starting pitcher Tyler Willman had trouble taking a southeast wind into effect while throwing. He gave up six earned runs and three of the Rockets’ home runs, two of which came in a three-run fourth inning — his final frame before being pulled for Nolan Sullivan for the final three innings. “I was throwing into the wind a little bit,” Willman said. “I was missing my edges and had too many pitches over the plate, and they took advantage of them. They did well, I give them credit. They stayed in the batters box and hit [the ball well].” Willman, Sullivan, Central starting pitcher Brandon Van Buren and reliever Clay Milas all struggled at times with keeping their pitches from going too far inside. The four pitchers combined for nine hit batsmen, and Sterling junior Turner Morse and Central senior David Lamber each got plunked twice. Sterling (22-11) led 2-0 after one inning before Central tied it up the next inning. The eventual go-ahead run was scored on Willman’s second straight hit batsmen, which came with the bases loaded and Joshua Noeska receiving the bean.

Zach Schutta opened Central’s second inning with a solo home run to left field to cut Sterling’s lead in half, and the homer became the start of a continuing offensive barrage for the Rockets (28-9). Milas’ sacrifice fly tied the game at two. “I really think my home run really energized our team,” Schutta said. “After that, we just kept hitting. It was just right out in front, a little inside, and I just pulled it.

“It was a really good feeling. I think i gained more confidence after that, and I think the team gained more confidence as well.” Milas led off the fourth inning with a home run to left-center field, and Noeska hit the first of his two homers with one out and Lamber on base for a 6-2 Rockets lead.

Sterling came back in the bottom of the fourth off of Milas. Elias Edmondson collected an RBI single, and Turner Morse reached on his second beanball, which loaded the bases for Trey Morse. Trey hit a line drive to Van Buren, who had switched spots with Milas at second base and doubled up Turner Morse at first base on a close play. Van Buren’s throw to Central first baseman Bradley Dinges was low, and Dinges couldn’t get a hold of the ball as it slowly rolled past the first base line. However, Dinges, who was already on his knees, laid down and stretched his glove hand to the ball to try and pick it up while his feet were on top of the base. The pick up of the ball barely beat out Turner Morse’s return back for the third out of the inning. “I was trying to catch the ball, and I didn’t really look at the play,” Dinges said. “I thought I was supposed to go to second, and I just looked at first and saw him over there.” Trey Morse and Willman each had RBIs in the sixth inning to inch the gap closer to 7-5, but Van Buren notched a seventh-inning RBI single and Noeska drew a bases-loaded walk (for his fifth RBI) to push further ahead. “It’s a testament to these guys. They never give up,” Sterling coach Nick Pepper said. “That was a great team that we just played. They just got a few more key hits than we did, but I didn’t think we played bad at all. “I’m super proud of these guys for this season,” Pepper added. “Hopefully we can get back here and learn from it, and see some of the younger guys step into the key roles of [seniors] Turner Morse and Elias Edmondson.” Edmondson transferred to Sterling for his senior year while Turner Morse was a 4-year varsity player and has seen the rise of Sterling’s baseball program from only scoring a few wins a year to the record-tying 22 of this season. Trey Morse will lead a tallented group of returning players next spring, as the Golden Warriors look to build on the success.

“It’s all about keeping the guys up, and making sure that the team stays together,” Trey Morse said. “We’re a tight-knit group this year, and we wanted to keep playing for each other. It wasn’t individual at all. Everyone looked to the left, looked to the right, and saw guys that they wanted to be with.

“We weren’t ready for us to be done.”

SVM article by Cody Cutter

Aurora (Marmion Academy) 10, Rockford Lutheran 6

June 3

Aurora (Marmion Academy) 13, Burlington Central 0

Class 3A super-sectional

Rock Island Super-Sectional

June 5

Morton vs. Aurora (Marmion Academy)

Class 3A state final

at Joliet

June 9

Chicago (Solorio Academy)/Chicago Heights Marian winner vs. Champaign Central/Mascoutah winner

Morton/Aurora (Marmion Academy winner vs. Arlington Heights (St. Viator)/ Lisle (Benet Academy) winner

June 10

Third place game, 9:00 a.m.

Championship game, 12 noon

NUIC All-Conference Baseball Teams

* = unanimous selection

West Division

First team: *Brighton Haverland, Eastland; *Payton Calow, Warren/Stockton; *Gavin Krahmer, Warren/Stockton: *Cory Simpson, West Carroll; Ethan Christians, Eastland; Hayden Fox, Warren/Stockton; Brett Swalve, Eastland; Ahrend Raab, Warren/Stockton; Kody Plattenberger, West Carroll; Nick Parr, River Ridge/Scales Mound; Nolan Buske, Warren/Stockton; Kaleb Plattenberger, West Carroll; Cameron Gelinas, Galena; Dillon Hatfield, Warren/Stockton; Payton Clouse, Eastland; Joey Quinn, East Dubuque; Mitch Glazier, West Carroll

Second team: Zach Lieb, Pearl City; Micah Knauer, River Ridge/Scales Mound; Ian Kuehl, Le-Win; Zach Stadel, River Ridge/Scales Mound; Tucker Welch, Eastland; Ethan Orcutt, East Dubuque; Barrett Bell, Galena; Trey Chenong, Le-Win; Tanner Lawfer, Le-Win; Jaryd Breece, Pearl City; Kaden Henze, Eastland; Hollace Julius, Le-Win; Brock Smargiassi, Pearl City; Noah McGivney, Warren/Stockton; Jake Dunk, West CarrollJosh Brunner, Le-Win

Honorable mention: Andy Rowe, East Dubuque; Evan Kruse, Galena; Braden Smargiassi, Pearl City; Carter Kubat, Warren/Stockton; Hunter Sherman, East Dubuque; Dylin Ditsworth, Pearl City; Andy Wurster, River Ridge/Scales Mound; Garrett Handsacker, Pearl City; Peyton Keeffer, Warren/Stockton

East Division

First team: *Brandon Schneiderman, Forreston; *Jaron Groshans, Forreston; *Nolan Blassingham, Durand/Pecatonica; Zac Cummins, Freeport Aquin; Jackson Holder, Freeport Aquin; Mitchell McLaughlin, Amboy; Tim Harrington, Freeport Aquin; Cade Meier, Dakota; Mitch Heinz, Forreston; Austin Guy, Orangeville; Cole Luedeking, Freeport Aquin; Hunter Knox, Dakota; Josh Noble, Durand/Pecatonica; Caleb Poffenberger, Forreston; Bryce Carlson, Freeport Aquin

Second team: Hunter Zimmerly, Amboy; Couy Barkau, Freeport Aquin; Justin Hart, Amboy; Aden Cassidy, Dakota; David Atkinson, AFC; Dillon Lanning, AFC; Garrett Mellentine, Durand/Pecatonica; Josh Flick, Forreston; Kyle Ottens, Milledgeville; Jonah Diemer, Freeport Aquin; Michael Singley, Forreston; Cade Schave, Milledgeville; Matthew Biller, Milledgeville; Andrew Wenger, Dakota

Honorable mention: Dylan Alexander, Milledgeville; Adam Hart, AFC; Jordan Hochstatter, Amboy; Nick Schafer, Amboy; Alex Zueger, Dakota; Jason Drake, Forreston; Cameron Timm, Forreston

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