Geneseo 2, LaSalle-Peru 1: In the first of a key three-game series to determine first place in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference's West Division, it was the Geneseo Maple Leafs (21-5-1) striking first with a thrilling victory over LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Park.
After the Cavaliers tied the game with a fifth-inning run, the Maple Leafs regained the lead in the last of the sixth when Trevor Craig (2-for-3) legged out an infield single, scoring Rayce Singbush with the go-ahead run. In the top of the seventh with one out and L-P runners on second and third, Craig caught a fly to left field, then threw out the lead runner at the plate to end the game.
Heading into today's rematch at Peru, Geneseo is now 11-1 in the NIB-12 West, a half-game up on the Cavaliers.
Rock Island 6, Kewanee 5: The Rock Island Rocks (10-20-1) literally won in "walk-off'' fashion, with Grant Myers drawing a bases-loaded walk to cap a two-run seventh inning that gave Rocky the home victory over the Boilermakers (10-10). The final-inning rally was the third time in the game that the Rocks, led by Bailey Gaskin's three hits and two RBIs, rallied from a deficit. Donovan Murphy drove in two runs for the Boilers, who took a 5-4 lead with runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Morrison 9, Bureau Valley 2: Morrison pitcher Joey Brackemyer continued his mound mastery, lowering his ERA to 0.15 by tossing a one-hitter as the Mustangs (15-5) topped Bureau Valley to move to 11-0 and clinch the Three Rivers Conference North Division title. Striking out 11 batters, Brackemyer was bolstered by the hitting of teammates Brock Smith (3-for-4) and Ben Tegeler (2-for-4), each of whom drove in three runs.
United Township 3, Peoria Notre Dame 2: The United Township Panthers (13-10) came home from the road winners, scoring in the top of the seventh inning to beat Peoria Notre Dame as Taylor Workheiser improved to 6-3 by tossing a two-hitter. UT plated the winner when Kaitlyn Markin's two-out single scored Lexi Coleman, who had walked to lead off the frame. Chloe Petersen had both RBIs for the Irish.
Maroons split: The Moline Maroons traveled to face Normal Community and battled back for a split. After losing the opener 6-1, the Maroons took advantage of some sloppy defense by the hosts for a 10-5 victory in the nightcap.
Sherrard 20, Riverdale 5: A 12-run second inning sent the Sherrard Tigers on their way to their 22nd win in 25 games as the Strandgard sisters enjoyed big days at the plate. Senior outfielder Riley Strandgard was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs, while freshman outfielder Spenser Strandgard was also 4-for-5 and drove in four runs. Winning pitcher Rachel Winston also helped herself with two hits and five RBIs as the Tigers collected 20 hits in the nonconference victory.
Orion 6, Mercer County 3: Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the fourth inning, the Orion Chargers (14-12) tallied three runs to take the lead for good in the nonconference road victory that dropped Mercer County to 13-10. Bradlee Fair drove in two runs to pace the Chargers, with pitcher India Price picking up her 11th win. Hannah Callahan doubled twice, and Bailey Swanson drove in two runs for the Golden Eagles.
Dixon 3, Rock Island 2: Josh Teggatz and the doubles team of Jinesh Shah and Darien Ramsdale came away with wins for the Rocks. Teggatz won 7-5, 6-4 and the doubles team won 6-1, 6-1.
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