Sports Highlights for Wednesday, April 25, 2018



Eastland at Forreston, 4:30 p.m.


Eastland at Galena, 4:30 p.m.

East Dubuque at Lena-Winslow, 4:30 p.m.

Morrison at Fulton, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at Pecatonica/Durand, 4:30 p.m.

Princeton at Newman, 4:30 p.m.

Pearl City at Warren/Stockton, 4:30 p.m.

LaSalle-Peru at Sterling, 4:30 p.m.

River Ridge/Scales Mound at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.


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

Fulton at Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at Lena-Winslow, 4:30 p.m.

Kewanee at Morrison, 4:30 p.m.

Newman at Orion, 4:30 p.m.

LaSalle-Peru at Sterling, 4:30 p.m.


Pearl City at Oregon, 9:30 a.m.

Fulton at West Carroll, 11 a.m.


Eastland at Fulton, 4:30 p.m.

St. Bede at Newman, 4:30 p.m.


Lena-Winslow at Eastland, 4:30 p.m.

Sterling at DeKalb, 4:30 p.m.

West Carroll at Pearl City, 4:30 p.m.



Golden Warriors, Rockets split twin bill: Sterling and Rock Falls split a doubleheader at Sterling’s Gartner Park, as the Rockets won the first game 2-1 and Warriors won the nightcap 6-5.

Rock Falls trailed 1-0 headed to the bottom of the seventh in the first game before walking off with the win. The Rockets’ Alec Akerman reached on an error by Sterling’s Tyler Willman at third, and Brayden Wolf walked Chase Chappell to put runners at first and second.

Sterling brought in Trey Morse, who proceeded to throw his first pitch to the backstop. Both runners moved up 90 feet, setting the table for Wasson’s bloop single into left field to score Akerman and tie the game. Six pitches later, Morse spiked a fastball in the dirt, allowing Chappell to race home on the wild pitch.

Down 4-2 in the second game, Sterling’s Alex Escalante led off the top of the fourth with a single, stole second and advanced to third when the throw went into center field, and scored on an infield single by Bryce Campos.

The Warriors jumped ahead for good in the fifth, as Rock Falls’ Jalen Bickett came on in relief of Kye O’Brien. Morse singled to start the inning, Tyler Willman and Nolan Sullivan drew walks, and a walk by Campos scored Morse to chase Jalen Bickett from the mound and tie game at 4.

Tyler Willman came in to score on a wild pitch by Rasmussen. Sullivan picked up another RBI to make it 6-4 Warriors with a single into left-center in the sixth, scoring Cooper Willman.

Forreston 6, West Carroll 4: Josh Flick’s solo home run in the bottom of the fourth broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Cardinals past the Thunder in Forreston.

Michael Singley was the winning pitcher with three innings of hitless relief.


Comets extend win streak: With Friday’s 11-1, five-inning home win over Kewanee, Newman has won nine straight games.

Gehrig Koerner gave up one earned run and four hits, striking out four and walking one in getting the complete-game win.

Already up 2-0 in the third inning, Nick Clevenger broke the game open with his second home run of the season. He swung hard and missed a 1-2 pitch, but took Willie Terry’s next offering over the fence in left-center field for a two-run blast, also driving in Drew Ackman.

Landen Vesley added an RBI in the fourth inning, and Kewanee’s Gage Charlette drove in his team’s lone run with a single to plate Blaine Pickering – who doubled for the Boilers’ lone extra-base hit. The momentum fell apart quickly for the Boilers after that, as they committed three errors, threw two wild pitches and plunked a batter in the fifth inning – all of which led to six Comets runs and an early end to the game.

Sterling 4, Ottawa 3, 8 inn.: The Golden Warriors went to extra innings for the second time in as many days, and pulled out a NIB-12 West road win against the Pirates.

Sterling trailed 3-0 through six innings, but rallied to force extras. Cooper Willman had two hits and two RBIs to pace the Warriors’ offense. Camden Bailey picked up an RBI.

Nolan Sullivan struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory. The senior tossed three innings of shutout ball in relief of Willman, striking out six and allowing just two hits.

Fulton 6, Orion 4: The Steamers trailed 3-1 after Orion scored three in the top of the third, then rallied with three of their own in the bottom of the fourth to claim the TRAC West home win.

Hunter Collachia allowed two earned runs and struck out five in the complete-game win. Seth Sikkema had a pair of hits including a triple. Ethan Fish doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Collachia also had two RBIs.​

Eastland 13, East Dubuque 8: The Cougars won an NUIC West slugfest on the road against the Warriors.

Kaden Henze had three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Tucker Welch also had three hits and two RBIs, and Brett Swalve had three hits.

Lane Christians picked up two hits and two RBIs, while Ethan Christians and Drew Burkholder had two RBIs apiece.

Dawson DeMichele earned the win, tossing five innings in relief of Tanner Giedd. DeMichele went five innings, allowed two runs, six hits and two walks, and struck out four.

Morrison 3, Riverdale 0


Ottawa 10, Sterling 9, 9 inn.: The Golden Warriors suffered their first conference loss of the season in Ottawa.

The Pirates jumped ahead 5-1 after the first inning, but the Golden Warriors battled back to take a 9-8 lead after the top of the seventh. Ottawa tied the game in the bottom half of the seventh, then pulled out the win in ninth.

Nolan Sullivan was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to pace Sterling’s offense. Jake Alston had three RBIs, and Tyler Willman was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Trey Morse had a double.

Dylan Bryant went 2-for-5 and picked up two stolen bases. He started the game on the mound for Sterling. Vincent Padilla took the loss in relief.

Newman 17, Kewanee 1, 5 inn.: Every Comet starter had at least one hit, every Comet starter scored at least one run, and six different Newman players recorded an RBI in a road win over the Boilers.

Luke Olson struck out 10 in four innings pitched, walking no one.

At the plate, Olson was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Chase Graham drove in four runs. Nick Clevenger was 3-for-5.

Forreston 11, Milledgeville 1, 5 inn.: The Missiles fell behind 10-0 after two innings and couldn’t recover in an NUIC East road loss to the division-leading Cardinals.

Kyle Ottens went 3-for-3 with a double for Milledgeville. Blayne Kappes took the loss.


Newman 3, Bureau Valley 0: Travis Williams struck out 10 and allowed two hits in a complete-game shutout of the Storm at home.

Six different Comets had hits, with Chase Graham hitting a double and Landen Vesley driving in a run.

Tyler Gustafson took the loss for the Storm, pitching five innings and allowing two runs (none earned) and four hits.

Eastland 2, East Dubuque 1: Ethan Christians tossed a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 15 as the Cougars earned a key NUIC West home win.

Christians also had a game-high two hits. Tanner Giedd and Tucker Welch each drove in a run for Eastland.

Forreston 7, Milledgeville 4: The Missiles couldn’t take down the NUIC East leaders at Millwheel Park.

Kyle Ottens blasted a three-run homer for Milledgeville, part of a four-run third inning. Cade Schave took the loss.

Forreston had five runs in the top of the third, and added two insurance runs in the fifth.

Sterling 6, Ottawa 0



Eastland at Galena, 4:30 p.m.

Morrison at Fulton, 4:30 p.m.

East Dubuque at Lena-Winslow, 4:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at Durand, 4:30 p.m.

Princeton at Newman, 4:30 p.m.

Pearl City at Stockton/Warren, 4:30 p.m.

Kaneland at Sterling, 4:30 p.m.

River Ridge/Scales Mound at West Carroll, 4:30 p.m.


Milledgeville at Lena-Winslow, 4:30 p.m.

Kewanee at Morrison (DH), 4:30 p.m.

Newman at Orion, 4:30 p.m.

Sterling at Morris, 4:30 p.m.


Eastland at Fulton, 4:30 p.m.

St. Bede at Newman, 4:30 p.m.

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


Lena-Winslow at Eastland, 4:30 p.m.

Morrison at Moline, 4:30 p.m.

Sterling at LaSalle-Peru, 4:30 p.m.

West Carroll at Pearl City, 4:30 p.m.



Sterling beats Wisconsin’s No. 1-ranked team: Just one inning of offensive work was enough for the Golden Warriors to defeat Wisconsin’s Division 5 No. 1-ranked team, Oshkosh (Wis.) North, 4-2 at the Golden Warriors’ softball diamond.

The Golden Warriors did all of their offensive damage in the top of the first inning, when they nicked junior pitcher Syd Supple, a Northwestern commit, for four runs.

Genea Garza led off with a double and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Kessler. The next batter, Grace Gould, laid down another bunt that went straight to Supple in the circle. Garza broke for home and scored when Supple’s throw to catcher Sophie Averkamp was high and wide for the first of the Spartans’ three errors.

Gretchen Gould reached on an error by Oshkosh North shortstop Brooke Ellestad, putting runners at first and second for Cara Alexander.

Cara Alexander appeared to be out when a foul pop fly was gloved by Oshkosh North third baseman Libby Nevleau. At the urging of Sterling assistant coach Eric Staples, however, head coach Becki Edmondson appealed the play, noting the ball was outside of the fence line, and thus out of play. The umpires agreed, and Alexander had another chance.

Two pitches later, Alexander lined a double to left-center, scoring Grace Gould to make the score 2-0.

Jordan Thormeyer followed with a single to plate Gretchen Gould. The fourth run, by courtesy runner Amayia Hernandez, scored on the back end of a double steal, though Thormeyer was out at second base on the play.

Supple went on to allow just two more hits the rest of the game, but the combination of four hits and two errors in one inning proved to be enough for the Golden Warriors.

Jayme Eilers pitched five innings, didn’t allow a run, and struck out 10 in the win.

Sterling 8, Yorkville 0: Jayme Eilers picked up her second win of the day, allowing just two hits while striking out seven.

Comets split with top-ranked 1A Bobcats: Newman bounced back from a 13-5 loss in the first game of a doubleheader to beat Somonauk 10-4 at home.

Josie Rank was a home run shy of the cycle and drove in a run in Game 2, while Jenna Johnson had three singles, a double and an RBI. Trinity Martinez doubled twice and drove in two runs, while Madison Craft also had two hits and two RBIs.

Martinez, Kate Bonnell and Elle Koerner each had three hits in the opener, with Martinez and Bonnell driving in runs. Johnson and Mattea Bianchi added two hits each, and Lauren Wilson tacked on an RBI double.

Wolves second, Thunder third at West Carroll invitational: Pearl City advanced to the championship game of the Thunder Invitational in Thomson, but fell in the championship to Riverdale 5-0.

The Wolves beat Erie-Prophetstown 3-2 and Knoxville 8-6 in pool play.

West Carroll went 1-2, defeating Stockton-Warren 7-0 and falling to eventual champion Riverdale 1-0 in pool play.

Erie-Prophetstown beat the Thunder in the third-place game 13-2.


Sterling 3, Rockridge 1: All it took were four hits, but the Golden Warriors managed to get a home win over the Rockets.

Genea Garza was the only player from either team to have two hits, as she went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

Cara Alexander added an RBI for the Golden Warriors.

Sherrard 6, Newman 3: The Tigers got a run in the top of the first, then added to the lead with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.

The Comets scored a run each in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Newman had runners at second and third with the tying run at the plate with two out in the bottom of the seventh before a pop up ended the game.

West Carroll 10, Stockton/Warren 2: The Thunder slugged their way to an NUIC West road win.

Riley Sullivan earned the win in the circle, going seven innings and allowing just two runs, six hits and one walk while striking out eight. She also had two hits.

Maddie Meek had three hits and two RBIs for West Carroll. McKenna Sullivan had two hits, including a three-run home run. Madison Magill had a two-run homer. Daniella Tafoya and Jaycie VanKampen also had two hits for the Thunder, while Natalie Hughes picked up a double and an RBI in the win.

Orion 7, Fulton 3

East Dubuque 4, Eastland 2


Sterling 5, Geneseo 4: Grace Gould’s one-out sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Jordan Thormeyer with the winning run in a NIB-12 West game in Sterling.

Maddie Corwell picked up the win in relief, throwing for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, and striking out five.

The Maple Leafs hit three home runs off of Sterling starter Jayme Eilers, but the Golden Warriors rallied back for the win.

Milledgeville 9, Forreston 2: The Missiles earned an NUIC East road win over the Cardinals thanks to four runs in the third and four more in the sixth.

Ciara Miller earned the win in the circle for Millegdeville, going all seven innings and scattering 10 hits while striking out 11.

Orion 8, Fulton 1

Riverdale 11, Morrison 2


Fulton 8, Mercer County 7: The Steamers got home runs from Emily Banker and Emily Schipper in a non-conference home win. Both also had three RBIs.

Madison Whitmore struck out 12 and allowed four earned runs and seven hits for the win.

Orion 24, Morrison 0, 5 inn.: Orion pitcher Katie Noyd threw a perfect game and struck out seven in a win at Morrison.

Orion scored 11 runs in the top of the first and kept scoring, getting multiple runs in every inning.

Eastland 6, East Dubuque 5: The Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh to shock the Warriors in Lanark.

Emma Norton earned the win, going seven innings and striking out five while giving up five runs, nine hits and five walks for Eastland. She also had two hits.

Erin Henze and Jenna Green each had two hits and an RBI, Chloe Waller picked up two hits, and Emma Joens had a double and two RBIs for Eastland. Erica Dambman had a double and an RBI.

Milledgeville 10, Forreston 9: The Missiles pulled out a wild NUIC East win at home against the Cardinals.

Milledgeville scored four runs in the sixth to jump ahead 9-8, and walked off in the bottom of the seventh. Mady Hicks earned the win in relief of Ciara Miller.

Miller, Natalie Brown, Jacquelyn Folkers, Jocelyn Folkers, Mady Frederick, Alexis Janssen and Alli Schmidt all had two hits for the Missiles. Brown recorded three RBIs, and Jocelyn Folkers had a home run and two RBIs. Miller, Jacquelyn Folkers, Janssen and Schmidt had an RBI each.

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