Sports Highlights for Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BASEBALL SCHEDULE

TODAY

Eastland at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

Eastland at Warren/Stockton, 4:30 p.m.

Lena-Winslow at River Ridge/Scales Mound, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at Dakota, 4:30 p.m.

Galena at Pearl City, 4:30 p.m.

East Dubuque at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY

Milledgeville at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

Pearl City at Eastland, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at AFC, 4:30 p.m.

Lena-Winslow at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY

Amboy 6, Milledgeville 5: The Missiles lost in a walk-off against the Clippers on the road in an NUIC East game.

Mitchell McLaughlin’s double in the bottom of the seventh brought Justin Hart home to tie the game at five. 

Maverick Lindenmeyer recorded the game-winning RBI with a single through the left side to score McLaughlin.

Hart, Lindenmeyer and McLaughlin all had two hits for Amboy. Hart picked up the win in relief of McLaughlin.

Carson Boyer had two doubles and a single for Milledgeville. Cayde Gusloff had a triple and a single, and pitched 6 2/3 innings. Blayne Kappes took the loss in relief.

Fulton 12, Bureau Valley 2, 6 inn.: Six different Steamers recorded an RBI in a home rout of the Storm.

Erik North hit a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning for Fulton. He also had two singles. Cody Sanderson had three singles and two stolen bases. Larson Barnett had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Austin Schroeder had an RBI double.

Hunter Collachia struck out 11 and allowed just four hits and one earned run in six innings for the Steamers. He also had an RBI. Seth and Stan Sikkema each recorded an RBI.

Cale Buysse had Bureau Valley’s lone RBI.

Pearl City 7, Lena-Winslow 1

Oswego East 11, Sterling 2

Newman 15, Riverdale 5, 6 inn.

THURSDAY

Sterling 10, Morrison 0, 5 innings: Cooper Willman struck out seven in four innings for the Golden Warriors.

Alex Escalante and Reilly Hay each had two hits and drove in three runs. Escalante, Hay and Trey Morse all added doubles.

Sterling scored a run in the first and two in the second before breaking the game open with a seven-run top of the fifth.

Milledgeville 6, Amboy 1: Cade Schave kept the Clippers off balance at the plate as the Missiles came away with an NUIC East home win.

Milledgeville scored a run in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth. Amboy scored its run in the top of the fourth.

Blayne Kappes homered for the Missiles in the second. Matthew Biller and Carson Boyer both hit doubles.

Justin Hart hit a double for the Clippers.

Pearl City 8, Lena-Winslow 3

Hall 7, Newman 3

WEDNESDAY

Eastland 3, West Carroll 0: Ethan Christians and Brett Swalve combined on a 3-hitter as the Cougars blanked the Thunder in Lanark.

Christians gave up two hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in five innings. Swalve struck out two in two innings.

Kaden Henze and Tanner Giedd each had RBIs for Eastland.

Pearl City 3, Milledgeville 2

TUESDAY

Sterling 9, Sandwich 3

MONDAY

Forreston 12, Morrison 2, 5 innings: Allan Meinsma’s 2-run double in the top of the fifth allowed the Mustangs to avoid a shutout against the Cardinals in Forreston.

Mitch Heinz and Brandon Schneiderman each hit 2-run homers for Forreston (3-1). Jaron Groshans was 3-for-3 and scored four runs.

Aquin 7, Eastland 2: The Bulldogs used three pitchers to stymie the Cougars’ offense in an NUIC crossover game in Lanark.

Tanner Giedd stuck out five batters over six innings for Eastland. Kaden Henze had two of the Cougars’ three hits, and Ethan Christians had both RBIs.

Jackson Holder had two hits and two RBIs to pace Aquin at the plate.

Hall 24, Newman 12

Freeport 9, Fulton 1

SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Eastland at Warren/Stockton, 4:30 p.m.

Lena-Winslow at River Ridge/Scales Mound, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at Dakota, 4:30 p.m.

East Dubuque at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY

Milledgeville at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

Pearl City at Eastland, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at AFC, 4:30 p.m.

Lena-Winslow at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY

Serena 16, West Carroll 11: The Thunder scored the first five runs of their only game at the Lenz Field Jamboree in Jacksonville, but a pair of Huskers’ comebacks were too much in a slugfest loss. 

Riley Sullivan took the loss, allowing 10 runs (four earned) and six hits in four innings. McKenna Sullivan led the Thunder offense with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate. 

Malachi Stanton’s fifth-inning home run led the Huskers’ offense. Brianne Engel struck out 11 and allowed nine hits in the circle, and was 2-for-4 with three RBI at the plate. 

The Thunder’s games Saturday with Newark and Morris were cancelled due to severe weather conditions. 

Amboy 8, Milledgeville 1: Alison O’Rourke drove in five runs on a double and a triple to hand the Missiles a NUIC East road loss.

Dani Hochstatter had two hits, including a home run, for Amboy. Bailee Highbarger picked up the win in the circle, and also had two hits.

Alli Schmidt picked up a pair of singles for Milledgeville.

Pearl City 14, Lena-Winslow 4 (5 innings): Tia Clark collected four hits and earned the win in the circle for the Wolves in an NUIC West win over the Panthers.

Lena-Winslow scored the game’s first four runs before the Wolves scored 14 unanswered.

Clark struck out six and walked none in a complete game.

Zoe Johnson took the loss for the Panthers, and struck out seven in five innings.

Riverdale 5, Newman 3

THURSDAY

Milledgeville 8, Amboy 7, 8 innings: Brad Grenoble picked up his 100th win in a NUIC East game in Milledgeville.

The Missiles jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings, saw the Clippers come back to tie the game in a four-run sixth inning, then won the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Ali Schmidt and Mady Frederick doubled and Alexis Janssen won it with a hit to shortstop to drive in pinch runner Holly Smith.

Ciarra Miller struck out 11 in 7 2/3 innings in the circle for Milledgeville. Miller also had three hits and drove in a run. Schmidt was 4-for-4 at the plate. Natalie Brown, Jacquelyn Folkers and Janssen each drove in two runs.

For the Clippers, Bailee Highbarger struck out seven. Savannah Ikens had three hits. Shannon Lytle had two hits and two RBIs.

Eastland 15, West Carroll 5, 6 inn.: The Cougars exploded for 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning, while the Thunder couldn’t answer in Thomson.

Emma Norton struck out eight in six innings of work for the win. She also had three hits and two RBIs for the Eastland. Emma Joens went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, and Erin Henze had three hits and three RBIs. Chloe Waller had three hits, Erica Dambman went 2-for-4, and Jenna Green drove in a pair of runs for Eastland.

Riley Sullivan took the loss for West Carroll. Emma Aljets had two hits and two RBIs. McKenna Sullivan had a pair of hits, while Jaycie VanKampen recorded two hits and an RBI.

Sterling 2, Dunlap 0

Newman 11, Hall 8

WEDNESDAY

West Carroll 17, Morrison 0: Daniella Tafoya allowed just one hit in four innings as the Thunder blanked the Fillies in Thomson.

Riley Sullivan doubled twice and drove in three runs to pace the West Carroll offense. Emma Aljets also knocked in three runs.

Eastland 13, Forreston 12: Emma Norton homered, tripled and doubled, drove in two runs and scored two as the Cougars won a wild game against the Cardinals.

Erica Dambman also had two RBIs for Eastland.

Sterling 21, Sherrard 0

MONDAY

Eastland 12, Aquin 1, 5 inn.: Emma Norton allowed just four hits in a run-rule victory over the Bulldogs in Lanark.

Norton also had three hits and two RBIs. Jenna Green had two hits and three RBIs, Erin Henze recorded a pair of hits, and Meredith Janssen drove in two runs for Eastland.

Aquin committed five errors.

Boylan 7, Lena-Winslow 4: The Panthers allowed three runs after the fourth inning after a tie at four. 

Zoe Johnson pitched six innings and allowed seven runs on four hits, and struck out five in the loss. Jordan Streckwald went 3-for-3. 

Emily Heitkamp earned the win for the Titans.

Newman 9, Hall 8

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Sterling to join Western Big 6

After nearly 9 years as a member of the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference, Sterling High School will compete in the Western Big 6 Conference starting with the 2019-20 school year. 

During a Sterling School Board meeting March 21, the school’s administration made the decision to accept an invitation sent by the Western Big 6 for membership. 

Sterling will be joining a league that has not grown or subtracted in its nearly 50-year existence, until now. Galesburg, Moline, Quincy, Rock Island, United Township of East Moline, and Alleman Catholic of Rock Island are the original six schools. The Golden Warriors have competed in nonconference competition against all but Quincy in various sports at various times in the past 25 years. 

Sterling was left with an uncertain future as far as conference membership is concerned after five of the 10 schools in the NIB-12 announced in December their intention to leave the conference. Four of those schools – LaSalle-Peru, Morris, Ottawa, and Rochelle – will join a revamped Interstate 8 Conference in 2019. 

BASKETBALL

Gingrich, Kendrick taking talents to Sauk

Sterling senior Sean Gingrich and Micah Kendrick will continue their basketball careers at Sauk Valley Community College.

Gingrich signed with the Skyhawks Thursday night, while Kendrick signed Friday morning.

Kendrick was the NIB-12 West MVP in 2017-18, averaging 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2 steals per game for the Warriors. Gingrich was a first-team NIB-12 performer after averaging 11.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Vazquez receives IBCA coaching honor

Sterling’s Ryan Vazquez was named by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Assocation as the District 11 co-coach of the year.

Vazquez led the Golden Warriors to a third straight NIB-12 West title. Sterling finished 23-10 and 11-2 in conference, winning back-to-back regional titles for the first time in 28 years, and winning its first sectional game in 10 years.

Vazquez has won more games over a 3-year span (65) than any other coach in program history.

VOLLEYBALL

Eastland’s Miller to play at North Central

Eastland senior Jordan Miller will play volleyball for North Central College in Naperville next year.

Miller was a part of the 2015 state championship team, was the starting defensive specialist on the 2016 state runner-up team, and as a senior helped lead her team to a regional championship.

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