United Township 12, Richwoods 2: In the fifth, Mitch Ellison blasted a three-run triple to open the floodgates for the Panthers. Tyler Russell cracked a home run in his first varsity plate appearance for United Township, and Tony Stopolous picked up the win on the mound.
Rock Island 6, Machesney Park Harlem 2: Riding Justin McClendon's complete game, Rock Island (7-2) was able to get a quality road win. McClendon scattered four hits, striking out six. The Rocks scored in the top of the first and never looked back. Zach Chapman collected two hits, one of which was a double, and Paul Sanders had two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Fulton 10, Riverdale 5: A big day at the plate by Fulton's Colin Ticher helped the Steamers earn the Three Rivers Conference victory over Riverdale. Tichler doubled and homered, driving in three runs. Fulton scored five runs in the second inning, then put up a four-spot in the fourth to go up 10-1 before the Rams tried to rally, scoring four times in the last of the seventh. Nathan Rocker had two RBIs for Riverdale.
Mercer County 21, West Prairie 3: The Mercer County Golden Eagles had the ball flying around the park right away, scoring 13 runs in the first inning on seven hits. Mercer County's Tanner Matlick smashed a triple to collect an RBI in the first inning, and Tyson Nylin hit a two-run home run.
Geneseo 6, Rockridge 2: The Leafs exploded for a four-run seventh that featured a Rayce Singbush home run as Geneseo slipped past Rockridge. Reed Buysse picked up the pitching win, and Singbush finished the job in relief. Rockridge's Nien Madison also homered.
Annawan-Wethersfield 3, Stark Co. 0: Trevor Lay struck out 11 in six innings and the Titan bats finally came around to give him the win. A-W scored all three of their runs in the sixth, as Grant Baele had the big hit to break it open. Matt Jenkins also had a pair of hits including a triple for the winning Titans.
Rock Island swept by Normal Community: On the eve of their conference doubleheader with United Township, Rock Island dropped a pair at Normal Community. Hailey Feldhahn collected three hits in the opener including two doubles and had a third double in the nightcap. Jasmine Ragusi and De'Ashya Walker each tallied two RBI's in the nightcap.
Morrison 7, Bureau Valley 1: Chelsea Eads finished a double short of hitting for the cycle as the Morrison Fillies (2-0) rolled past Bureau Valley in their Three Rivers Conference opener. Eads finished with three hits and drove in four runs as Morrison worked its way to a 6-0 lead after four innings. Allie Wiersema struck out nine in six innings to earn the victory.
Stark County 9, Annawan-Wetherfield 6: Trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Stark County scored seven runs in the final two inning to get a comeback win against Annawan-Wethersfield. Elizabeth Hippen earned the for the Rebels. Megan Foes was the star for the Lady Titans with two hits, one of which was a double, and she drove in four runs.
Geneseo 8, Ottawa: The Maple Leafs' Jennifer Yager laced three hits and drove home two runs to give Geneseo its second win of the season. Andrea Wagoner drove in a pair of runs on three hits, and Jena Reddig picked up her first win in the circle this season.
Prep girls' soccer
Alleman 3, Washington 1: Alleman's Olivia Gonzalez scored the tying goal on a shot from outside the box in the eighth minute. In the second half, Andria Serra gave the Pioneers the lead after her first shot was blocked. Serra followed her shot and scored on the rebound. Emily Bollman gave Alleman insurance by scoring on a pass from Megan Erickson.
United Township 5, Galesburg 0: The Panthers' Alora Esparaza had her best game of the season, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist. UT launched 20 shots on goal, while the defense stymied the Silver Streaks for the shutout.
Geneseo 6, Dixon 0: The Maple Leafs' Mallory Wirth scored a hat trick to lead Genseo to the Norther Illinois Big 12 win. Geneseo launched 20 shots, and held Dixon form putting one attempt on goal in a dominate performance. The Leafs' offense was in high gear. Abby Wilebski, Shelby Clary and Hannah Pace all found the net.
Moline 3, Metamora 0: The Maroon's Rachel McGuire scored two goals, and Hannah Navarette put another in the net. Moline's Rachel Holt posted the shutout with two stops in net.
Prep boys track and field
- Newman and EP tie for quad title: The Comets must've felt like they had the meet wrapped up. Newman, who won all four relays along with four other events seemingly were in control of the Erie-Prophetstown quad, but thanks to a 1-5 finish in the discus throw, the Panthers finished tied with Newman for the crown at 97 points. However, the Panther 4x1 also didn't finish the relay which could have put them over the top for the title. John Butts led the way for th EP throwers, launching the disc 142-4 for the win while Ethan Oleson picked up the win in the shot put with a throw of 42-10.5. Devin Johnson was a star again for E-P as he won the long jump with a leap of 22-7 and the 400m in 52.29. The senior also finished runner-up to Newman star Nick Rude in the 00 and 200m races. Kewanee's Rolando Aguilar swept the mile and two-mile as the Boilers finished third with Fulton fourth.
Prep girls track and field
- Block highlights day for Kewanee girls: The Howard-Monier Invite was a tight one as first through fourth place was separated by just 13 points. Bureau Valley took the team crown, but Kewanee's Freya Block was the star of the meet. Block helped the Boiler Girls to a fourth place finish with meet records in the shot put, 37-11.5, and the discus, 127-11.
BHC uses 16-run inning to earn split: The Black Hawk Braves broke up a scoreless pitcher's' duel in a big way in the opener of their Arrowhead Conference doubleheader with Waubonsee, scoring 16 runs to overcome six errors and earn a 16-5 victory. A two-out grand slam by the Braves' Dave Yancey (three hits, five RBIs) fueled the 16-run uprising.
Waubonsee dcame back with a 10-0, five-inning win in the nightcap to earn the split as Black Hawk (8-10, 3-1 Arrowhead) was handcuffed on five hits in its first league loss.
Black Hawk drops pair to Illinois Valley: The Braves were only able to muster eight hits in their double header against Illinois Valley on Thursday night. Two of which went to Elena Tapia in the second game in support of Black Hawk's only two runs on the day. Jenna Winthurst took the loss in game one and is now 2-3 and Shelby Blair lost game two, her first loss on the season.
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