DWIGHT - The undefeated Newark softball team pushed across the winning run in the sixth inning, and reliever/winning pitcher Kaitlyn Schofield (4 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 K) made it hold up as the Norsemen topped host Dwight on a rainy Monday evening, 8-7.
Danica Peshia slammed two home runs for Newark (7-0), driving home four runs. Skyler Chavoen tripled and tallied an RBI, with Schofield helping her own cause by going 4-for-4 with a two-bagger and an RBI.
WFC 6, Clifton Central 0: At rural Streator, the host Warriors improved to 5-0 on the season, scoring twice in the home half of the first inning and leading from there on out as ace Shae Simons (7 IP, 0 R, 8 K) spun a one-hit shutout.
Sydnee Plesko singled, doubled and drove home three runs to spearhead the Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell attack. Audrey Jenkins had two hits and two runs scored, with Cheyenne Burns doubling and notching an RBI.
The Warriors will visit powerhouse Seneca on Tuesday.
Streator 10, Wilmington 6 (8 inn.): At Wilmington, the visiting Lady Bulldogs won their Illinois Central Eight Conference series opener in an extra frame, with Jaelyn Blakemore providing the winning hit in the eighth.
Jadyn Hansen earned the complete-game pitching victory, striking out five.
The IC8 rivals are scheduled to meet again Tuesday in Streator.
Serena vs. Indian Creek suspended: At Shabbona, visiting Serena had built a 9-5 advantage before the game was suspended by rain. It is scheduled to be completed Tuesday ahead of the team’s Little Ten series finale in Serena.
Katie Baker had doubled and scored three runs for the Huskers.
Annawan 3, Earlville 0; Annawan 5, Earlville 4: On Saturday, the Red Raiders dropped a close doubleheader, with Paige Marks (9 Ks) and Brooklyn Guelde (12 Ks) taking the pitching losses.
Brooklyn Guelde (2 RBIs) along with Brynn Guelde, Elizabeth Browder and Hannah Pfaff (hit, run scored each) led the Earlville offense.
Fieldcrest 8, LeRoy 5: At Minonk, the Knights won their home opener in HOIC play thanks to a three-run inning late.
Ashlyn May and Bella Fortner each had two hits for the Knights. Allie Wiesenhofer drove in two runs.
Streator 7, Wilmington 1: At Wilmington, the visiting Diamond Dogs (7-2) led right from the start thanks to the first of two Logan Williamson home runs en route to the Illinois Central Eight Conference victory.
Williamson finished with four runs batted in, while Parker Phillis provided three hits and an RBI of his own. Brady Grabowski (triple) and Payton Benning (RBI) each also paced the offense, while pitcher Mason Telford (7 IP, 0 ER, 8 K) worked the complete game for the victory.
The IC8 rivals meet Tuesday in Streator.
Newark 11, Hinckley-Big Rock 0: At Hinckley, the visiting Norsemen received a complete-game pitching victory from Joe Martin (0 R, 16 K).
Mitchell Kruser, Jake Kruser and Tegan Kruser provided two hits apiece to lead the Newark offense.