OTTAWA — Dominant pitching has been the main storyline of the Ottawa Pirates softball club’s 14-1 start to the season.
McKenzie Oslanzi wrote another chapter Monday.
Oslanzi struck out 10, allowed no hits and walked just one early Monday evening in Ottawa’s 4-0, shutout home win over Interstate Eight Conference rival Rochelle.
The Ottawa offense scored two in the first inning and two more in the sixth, with Abi Claus, Cassie Turk, Piper Nanouski and Makenna Chiaventone tallying RBIs. Turk and Ryleigh Stehl both singled and doubled, with Kendall Eslinger adding a two-bag hit as well.
The Pirates are slated to visit Plano on Wednesday and La Salle-Peru on Thursday.
Newark 12, Indian Creek 0 (5 inn.): At Newark, the host Norsemen rolled to the Little Ten Conference triumph, led at the plate and in the circle by Kaitlyn Schofield who homered and drove home two runs on offense and tossed a five-inning, one-hit shutout with four strikeouts and no walks on defense.
Peyton Wohead doubled and drove home three runs, Danica Peshia doubled twice, and both Taylor Kruser and Emily Schofield provided a pair of hits for victorious Newark (8-2).
Morris 3, Sandwich 0: At Morris, the visiting Indians (1-6) played their hosts tough, surrendering single runs in the second, fifth and sixth frames.
Alyssa Cassie, Allison Olson and Maggie Knepper all singled for Sandwich.
Seneca 66, Pontiac 6; Seneca 58, Wilmington 22: In a non-conference triangular, the Fighting Irish moved to 10-1 in duals with two dominant victories.
Seneca grapplers recording two victories on the day included: Nathan Elliott at 285 pounds (two forfeits), Maveric Varland at 220 (pinfall, forfeit), Gavin Robertson at 182 (forfeit, pinfall), Nathan Grant at 152 (two forfeits), Collin Wright at 145 (pinfall, 19-11 dec.), Nate Othon at 132 (forfeit, pinfall), Billy Glasscock at 126/120 (forfeit, pinfall) Jaden Casey at 120/126 (forfeit, pinfall) and Luke Sangston at 106 (two pinfalls).
Owen Feiner at 138 (pinfall) also added a contested win.
Streator-Herscher set for doubleheader: Monday’s scheduled series opener between visiting Herscher and host Streator was rained out and will be made up as part of a twin bill Tuesday in Herscher starting at 4 p.m.
Rochelle 6, Sandwich 4: At Sandwich, the Indians (1-9) surrendered a four-run top of the seventh in a tie ballgame and then saw their rally in the home half fall short.
Everett Ford (2 RBIs), Sam Palumbo (two hits, RBI) and Romeo Tornga (two hits, two runs) led the Sandwich offense. Andrew Golinski (6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 4 K) was dealt the pitching defeat.
Serena 13, Earlville 1 (5 inn.): At Serena, the host Huskers persevered through the rain and over the Red Raiders despite managing just two hits — a double from Leo Brennan (three RBIs, three runs scored) and a Dylan Cartwright single.
Connor Holdiman also scored thrice to help his own cause as the winning pitcher (5 IP, 1 ER, 10 K).
Garrett Cook singled twice, providing half of Earlville’s four hits. Noah Lemke (1 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 1 K) suffered the pitching loss.
Newark 7, Indian Creek 3: In Little Ten Conference play, Joe Martin (4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 9 K) and Tegan Kruser (2 2/3 IP, 0 R) teamed up on the mound in the Norsemen victory.
Jared Slivka went 3-for-3, and Dalton Reibel provided two hits for Newark.
Somonauk 10, Hiawatha 0 (6 inn.): In Little Ten play, Brendan Roberts (6 IP, 0 R, 13 K) spun a no-hit shutout to lead the Bobcats to victory.
Broc Slais (two singles, RBI), Justin Lee (two singles, RBI) and Alex Krejci (two hits, two RBIs) paced the Somonauk offense as the Bobcats improved to 3-3 overall, 3-2 on the league loop.
Ottawa vs. L-P postponed: Among the numerous games postponed due to Monday’s rains, Monday’s scheduled series opener between host Ottawa and visiting La Salle-Peru was rained out. The game will now be played Tuesday at King Field, with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Streator 6, Herscher 4: At Herscher, the visiting Bullpups improved to 6-0 on the season.