Streaks Invitational: Alleman defeated conference rival Quincy, 14-9, and Normal U-High in a 14-1 routing. An eight-run third inning got the day rolling for the Pioneers, but that came after trailing 7-0. Alleman put another run on the board the following inning before another big inning in the fifth. Five runs crossed the plate in the fifth to make 14-7. Cody Sedlock and Dan Cutkomp had two RBIs a piece in Alleman's first game.
Alleman continued to tattoo the ball later in the day against Normal U-High, the school it faced in the state championship game last June. The Pioneers pushed 12 runs across the plate before U-High's second inning at-bat. Taner Ledezma was the winning pitcher, pitching two innings in relief . John Tracey had a game-high five RBIs with two hits.
U-High defeated United Township, 4-0, just prior to the loss to Alleman. UT was held to three hits.
Rocks rally in Game 2 vs. Rockton: Rock Island was shut out in Game 1, 9-1, but rallied back to win a nine-inning thriller, 5-4, in Game 2. Part of Hononegah's dominance in Game 1 came from Div. I signee Jack Granath. The Southern Illinois commit struck out 10, scattering four hits in a complete-game effort.It was Paul Sanders who came up with the clutch hit for the Rocks in the bottom of the ninth of the nightcap. Sanders singled to left to score Grant Myers for the walk-off win.
Geneseo sweeps Fulton: The Maple Leafs opened the twinbill with a 6-1 win before exploding in the nightcap, 19-3. Nathan Yager earned the win in an inning of relief of Reed Buysse, who had 15 strikeouts. Michael Daniels and Jon Solberg had a pair of RBIs apiece.
Geneseo exploded for 17 hits in its 16-run win. Rayce Singbush led the charge with four hits, including a double and four RBIs, with Buysse having three hits and three RBIs. Nevada Nilsson was on the bump for the Leafs, pitching four innings and allowing three runs on three hits.
Moline splits: The Maroons dropped a 4-3 contest to Belleville West before ending the day with a 5-1 win over Troy Triad. Moline allowed three runs in the seventh inning in the opener. In the second game, Cooper Sant Amour pitched a complete game, allowing three hits. Drew Owens and Devin Struble had four hits on the day for Moline (3-2).
E-P and Orion in a slugfest: This was a series where the loser scored 13 runs. Orion took Game 1, 15-13 and Erie-Prophetstown took the nightcap, 18-13.
Six home runs were hit between the teams in Game 1. Four were from Erie-Prophetstown (Owen McConnell 2, Zach Hart, and Jordan Chandler) and the remaining were hit by Tyler Nelson and Benny Terronez.
The bombs continued to fall in Game 2, this time Erie-Prophetstown slugged six home runs. Hart connected three times, Chandler drove two out of the yard. Owen McConnell hit the other EP homer. Trent Burns and Drew Amador had homers for Orion, but it wasn't going to be enough this time. Amador had a game-high six RBIs. E-P's leaders were Chandler with five and Hart with four.
Mercer County tops Stark County: Tanner Matlick got the Game 1 mound win, plus starred at the plate in both ends of a sweep of Stark County, 12-1 and 11-1. The 10-run rule ended both Lincoln Trail Conference contests n the fifth inning. Matlick fanned 10 and allowed no earned runs in the first-game five-hitter. Matlick also went 3-for-5 at the dish, with eight RBIs, a double and a pair of Game 2 home runs. Joe Elliott also went 3-for-6 with 4 RBIs in the season debut for the Golden Eagles (2-0). Blake Dilleou added a near-shutout in Game 2.
Titans win twice: Matt Jenkins and Tyler Litton both tossed two-hit shutouts, and Annawan-Wethersfield forced a pair of early endings in a 10-0 and 13-0 doubleheader sweep of Sciota West Prairie. Jenkins fanned 10 in the five-inning opener. Litton, Grant Baele and Austin Osborn each had two RBIs for the Titans (2-1, 2-0 Lincoln Trail). In the six-inning nightcap, Cody Phillips (3 hits, 2 RBIs) powered a 13-hit attack in support of Litton. Blake Vincent and Jake Bennett also drove in two runs each for A-W.
Galva-Williamsfield sweeps: Galva-Williamsfield won Game 1, 4-2 following a seventh-inning threat from United. G-W kept rolling in the second game in its 8-5 win. Galva-Williamsfield's Game 1 victory went to James Doubet. Doube, who pitched a complete game.
Easton Beard was victorious for Galva-Williamsfield in Game 2. The sophomore came out of the pen in the second inning in relief of Tyler Doubet. Beard pitched five innings after Tyler Doubet left with an ailing shoulder. Doubet's bat was a key contributor throughout the day with three doubles in the two games. Mason Love of United had two hits and two RBIs in Game 2.
Moline splits:Jordan de los Reyes and newcomer Michaela Guthrie both homered, but Moline opened the season splitting with visiting Beecher. Guthrie's homer highlighted a two-hit effort in a 10-4 Game 2 win. De los Reyes' bomb came in an 8-5, season-opening loss. Lecy Waldbusser had six hits, three in each game, to lead a 24-hit attack in the twinbill for Moline (1-1). Alaina Hoffman got the pitching victory in the nightcap.
Rocks win, then get rocked: Rock Island was able to string together a seven-run fourth to take control and win Game 1, 11-3, over Rockton Hononegah. In the second game, Rockton Hononegah got two big innings to shut down the Rocks. Hailey Feldhahn had four hits -- two doubles -- and two RBIs in Game 1.
Mercer County sweeps Stark County: The Golden Eagles softball team earned a tough one-run win, 4-3 in Game 1. Mercer County had a some breathing room in Game 2 in its 6-4 win.Bailey Swanson was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in Game 1. Swanson was the winning pitcher with eight strikeouts.Bailey Swanson turned around to win Game 2 in the circle with six strikeouts. Brooke Swanson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the nightcap.
Prep boys' tennis
Peoria High Invitational: United Township's Diego Ulloa and Stephen Golden split singles matches at the Peoria High Invitational. The doubles tandem of Taylor Mack and Bryce Verlinden, and Ryan Cahalan and Remy Halen also went 1-1.
Black Hawk splits: The Braves won Game 1 on the strength of 14 hits, 9-2. Kishwaukee rallied back to a 4-2 win in the second go-around. Erie product Eann Cox led the charge for the Braves in Game 1. Cox tore the cover off the ball with two doubles and two RBIs. Winning pitcher was Moline grad Seth Fuller.
In Game 2, the folks in attendance got some free baseball as the game went eight innings. Black Hawk tied the game at two a piece in the bottom of the seventh. Kishwaukee rallied to score twice in the top of the eighth giving itself the advantage.
Augustana gets two wins: Sherrard grad Ashley Anderson tossed a one-hit shutout in the 8-0 nightcap over Wartburg, and also wriggled out of a seventh-inning jam to secure a 3-2 win over Wis.-LaCrosse for her first college save.Cheyenne Burnett doubled in the tying run in the fourth inning of the opener, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, just before another Augie double by Jenna Teson. Jamie Rehmert had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Lady Vikings (15-5) in the nightcap. LaCrosse falls to 10-4; Wartburg drops to 4-14.
Black Hawk falls twice: Orion's Ashlee Amador haunted her home-area team as Black Hawk dropped a road doubleheader, 9-3 and 6-4 at Southeastern of Iowa. Amador finished 4-for-7 at the plate, with a home run, 3 RBIs and added the Game 2 pitching win for the nearby Burlington school. Moline product Jenna Winthurst led BHC with four hits in six trips, with a double, homer and 2 RBIs. Jordan Marshall also was 3-for-7 with 2 RBIs for the Lady Braves (5-4).
Locals stars settle for split: A pair of this newspaper's Players of the Year each keyed their teams to a win in a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader split between Illinois State (14-14, 1-2) and Southern Illinois (14-16, 2-5). Moline's Brittny Drish went 3-for-7, scoring a pair of runs in the twinbill. ISU's starting shortstop added a double and 3 RBIs to key a 10-6 win in the opener. Monmouth United's Katie Bertelsen countered with the Game 2 victory in relief for Southern. Bertelsen scattered three hits and allowed no earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work in a 9-3 Salukis' comeback.
Ashford drops pair: United Township grad Petyon Geeting scored a run as a pinch runner, but Clinton-based Ashford (13-11) fell twice on the road at Grand View, 4-3 and 13-8.
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