June 08, 2023
Illinois High School Sports

Softball: Rock Falls gets up, stays up to win sectional championship against Marengo

Big hits, Thatcher’s big pitches lift Rockets past Indians

Rock Falls pitcher Katie Thatcher (24) yells with excitement as she raises the Class 2A Stillman Valley Sectional championship plaque Friday after the Rockets defeated Marengo.
Rock Falls' Olivia Osborne leaps with excitement after she and Brooke Howard (left) scored Friday during the Class 2A Stillman Valley Sectional championship game. On-deck hitter Zoe Morgan also celebrates.
Marengo courtesy runner Maddy Christopher (4) slides safely into second on a hit and run while her teammate Gabby Gieseke tries to leg out a single during Friday's Class 2A Stillman Vaslley Sectional championship game against Rock Falls.
Rock Falls pitcher Katie Thatcher releases a pitch during the Class 2A Stillman Valley Sectional championship game against Marengo on Friday.
Marengo's Lilly Kunzer releases a pitch during Friday's Class 2A Stillman Valley Sectional championship game against Rock Falls.
Marengo's Emily White secures the catch at third for a force out of Rock Falls runner Jeslyn Krueger during Friday's Class 2A Stillman Valley Sectional championship game.
Dan Wussow

Dan Wussow

Dan is a sports reporter for Sauk Valley News and Friday Night Drive. He also covers NIU football home games for the Daily Chronicle. Previously, he wrote for The Post-Crescent in his hometown of Appleton, WI. His work has also been featured in the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Oshkosh Northwestern.