A second-inning home run by Ethan Storm was all the offense Griffin Hallahan needed in a 12-strikeout performance on Wednesday against Belvidere. Storm’s third-inning home run was icing on the cake as the Spartans opened the postseason with a 9-0 win.
Kaneland softball coach Mike Kuefler said his team has struggled with offspeed pitches all season. But on Tuesday in a Class 3A Kaneland Regional semifinal, the Knights smashed the slow stuff from Woodstock and rolled to a 23-2, four-inning win.
It was the Jori Heard show from the opening pitch as the Huntley Red Raiders dismantled the DeKalb Barbs 9-0 in a Class 4A DeKalb Regional semifinal. Heard struck out 16 batters on her way to a perfect game against the regional hosts.
Katlyn Schraeder doubled in the go-ahead runs in the fourth inning, and Yorkville went on to a 5-1 win over Kaneland in a game called because of rain after five innings and in the process matched a program record with the Foxes' 26th win.
The DeKalb girls track team qualified both of its relay teams on Friday for the finals of the Class 3A Championships in Charleston. The finals in all three classes will be held Saturday. Kaneland and Sycamore each had an entry qualify for the 2A finals.