SYCAMORE – Behind the 4-for-4 performance of Taylor Nelson, the Morris softball team defeated Sycamore, 8-6, on Monday to improve to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the Interstate 8 Conference. Nelson had a double and four RBIs as well.
Ella Davis picked up the win, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings.
Davis and Kennedy Dransfeldt (RBI) added two hits each, while Jaelyn Wiers, Kylee Claypool (double), Maddie Hughes (2 RBIs), Maddy Shannon (triple), Grace Lines (double) and Alana Beshoar all had hits.
“Sycamore fought until the very end, leaving the bases loaded,” Morris coach Jen Bamonte said. “This was a total team win for us. We scored early and often, and we buckled down when needed.”
Coal City 11, Peotone 5: The Coalers won their fifth straight game Monday, erupting for five runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth to break open a tight game. Winning pitcher Kaitlyn Jasper was 4 for 4 to lead Coal City (5-3), while Mackenzie Henline (double, 4 RBIs) was 3 for 4. Makayla Henline (2 doubles), Kerrigan Copes, Natalie Teague (2 RBIs), Mia Ferrias and Jadyn Shaw (double) all had two hits.
Coal City 10, Peotone 1: Winning pitcher Kaitlyn Jasper had two hits, including a double and a home run, and three RBIs to lead the Coalers (6-3) to the Illinois Central Eight win Tuesday. Mackenzie Heline (double) and Makalya Henline added two hits each, while Maci Baldauf and Jadyn Shaw each doubled.
Gardner-South Wilmington 2-12, Donovan 1-11: Jayden Buchanan picked up the win in Game 1 for the Panthers, striking out eight and giving up two hits. Katelyn Farris singled, doubled and scored two runs, Bella Vyce tripled and had an RBI, Aspen Lardi got a hit and an RBI, and Mary Clare Phillips tripled. In Game 2, Buchanan went the distance, striking out six and giving up eight hits. Ashley Frideres doubled in the fifth inning, driving in GSW’s final two runs. Kylie Hawks went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, Katelyn Farris got two hits and two RBIs, and Bella Vyce, Avery Lardi and Aspen Lardi each had a hit and an RBI.
Seneca 11, WFC 2: The host Fighting Irish moved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Tri-County Conference, handing Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell (5-1, 2-1) its first defeat. Sam Vandevelde tagged two homers, scored four runs and drove in four for Seneca, with Maggie Carpenter (single, triple) and Madi Mino (three hits, RBI) also leading the attack. Carpenter (7 IP, 1 ER, 10 K) earned the win.
Kaneland 6, Morris 2: Morris (3-1, 3-1) suffered its first loss of the season Monday to Interstate 8 rival Kaneland. Parker Skubic had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for the Redskins, while Owen Burns drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Redskins pitcher Matt Lawton struck out six in five innings.
Newark 11, Hinckley-Big Rock 0: Joe Martin threw a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts for the Norsemen, while Mitch Kruser, Jake Kruser and Tegan Kruser all had two hits.
Gardner-South Wilmington 11-8, Donovan 3-6: The Panthers swept the River Valley Conference doubleheader. Blake Houston struck out six in five innings in the opener, while Caydan Landry was 2 for 2 to lead the offense. In Game 2, Alex McElroy paced the offense with two hits.
Seneca 11, WFC 1 (6 inn.): At Seneca, the host Fighting Irish (6-0) received a single, a home run and three RBIs from Gage Cryder and out-hit the visiting Warriors, 14-2, for the Tri-County Conference victory. Cole Underhill singled, doubled and drove home a run, Tyler Sulzberger and Ethan Brockman each provided two hits and an RBI, and Brockman (3 IP, 0 ER, 4 K) pitched the win.
Newark 12, Hinckley-Big Rock 5: At Newark, the Norsemen competed the Little Ten sweep by combining a 12-hit attack with the arm of winning pitcher Dalton Reibel (7 IP, 6 K). Lucas Pasakarnis, Jared Slivka, Reibel and Tegan Kruser had multiple hits for Newark, with Pasakarnis going 3 for 3.
Seneca 72, Dwight 3; Seneca 57, Morris 18: At Seneca, the Fighting Irish dominated their home-opening triangular. Scoring wins in both bouts for Seneca were Nathan Elliott at 285 (pinfall, 6-3 dec.), Gavin Robertson at 195 (two pinfalls), Chris Peura at 170/182 (forfeit, pinfall), Asher Hamnry at 145/138 (forfeit, pinfall), Billy Glasscock at 126 (two forfeits), Jaden Casey at 120 (forfeit, pinfall), Kyler Hahn at 113 (two forfeits) and Luke Sangston at 106 (two forfeits).