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AREA ROUNDUP: Seneca girls, Sandwich boys Irish Invite champions

SENECA — The Seneca Lady Irish claimed the girls championship, and the Sandwich Indians won the boys championship Friday night at the 16-school Seneca Irish Invitational.

In the boys meet, Sandwich edged the host Irish 115 1/2 to 112, led by first-place finishes from Seth Randa (:42.06 in 300 hurdles), the 1600 relay team, Jayden McCulskie (5-10 in high jump), Max Minkowski (41-10 1/2 in triple jump), Levi Franklin (147-8 in discus) and Derek Murphy (45-8 1/4 in shot put).

Runner-up Seneca scored two firsts, both courtesy of Christopher Collet (10:06.91 in 3200; 4:53.33 in 1600). Serena (9 points) placed 11th and Marquette (0) tied for 14th in the boys meet, with neither fielding an event winner.

As for the girls meet, host Seneca topped runner-up Sandwich 155-110. First-place finishes for the Lady Irish were recorded by Mara Bruno (:13.31 in 100), Alexandra Draves (107-10 in discus; 33-4 1/2 in shot put) and the 3200 relay team of Amber Vroman, Natalie Carajohn, Lauren Silvola, Emma Elias (11:03.54).

For Sandwich’s girls, events winners included the 1600 relay team of Maddie Dawson, Claire Roberts, Jillian Fuchs, Kayla Schiera (4:26.32), Schiera in the 1600 (5:27.41), 3200 (11:17.07) and 800 (2:29.51), and Dawson (1:02.69 in 400).

Marquette (6 points) came in 11th and Serena (1) 13th with neither fielding an event winner.

Baseball

Marquette 18, Dixon 1 (4 inn.)

At the Muddy River Classic in Fulton, the Crusaders put up 16 runs over the third and fourth innings of their four-inning win over the Dukes.

Kyle Cook went 3-for-4 at the plate with two triples and six runs batted in to lead Marquette (10-0) offense. Logan Komater (2-for-3, three RBIs) and Bryce Foster (2-for-2, double, four RBIs) added a pair of hits apiece. Nate Melvin and Jack Snook each crossed the plate three times.

John Thomspon got the win on the mound. He surrendered an unearned run and four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in four innings pitched.

Somonauk 15, Hinckley-Big Rock 3 (5 inn.)

At Hinckley, the Bobcats moved to 4-0 in Little Ten Conference play with their five-inning win over the Royals.

Steven Kenyon went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in to pace the Somonauk (7-0-1) offense. Andrew Johnson (five RBIs), Nolan Wegener (three RBIs, four runs scored, four stolen bases) and Clayton Morris all were 2-for-3. Drew Westbrook homered and drove in a pair of runs.

Dalton Armour got the win on the mound. He allowed three runs (one earned) and one hit with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Serena 11, LaMoille-Ohio 0 (5 inn.)

At Serena, Trace Berggren fired a one-hit shutout on the mound — with two walks and 10 strikeouts — and went 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and five runs batted in to lead the Huskers to the LTC win over the Lions.

Connor Baker was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Serena. Preston Duffy doubled. Ivan Stafford plated a pair of runners.

E-L-PP 8, Indian Creek 8

At Shabbona, this LTC contest was knotted 7-all at the end of seven innings.

Brennan Sweeney (two doubles) and Justin Shannon (2-for-2) had a pair of hits apiece for Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw. Jared Pickert doubled.

Herscher 14, Sandwich 2 (6 inn.)

At Sandwich, the Indians fell to the Tigers in an Interstate Eight Conference game.

Hayden Isham and Jackson Murphy each had a double for Sandwich. Zach Hix, who took the loss on the mound (2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K), had both runs batted in.

Softball

Newark 3, WFC 1

At rural Streator, the Lady Norsemen plated all three of their runs in the third inning to defeat the Warriors in a nonconference matchup.

Sophie Schomer went the distance in the circle to record the win. She allowed an earned run and six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Alyssa Schofield and Nikki Kala (2-for-3, double, two runs batted in) had a pair of hits apiece to lead the Newark offense. Naomi Sweeney tripled.

Shea Moritz (7 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 6 K) suffered the pitching loss. Emily Friese went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double for WFC. Audrey Jenkins was 2-for-3.

Serena 10, LaMoille-Ohio 0 (6 inn.)

At Serena, Brianna Engel fired a one-hit shutout in the circle with no walks and 10 strikeouts, and Malachi Staton went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in to lead the Lady Huskers (5-2, 4-1) to the Little Ten Conference win over the Lady Lions in six innings.

Kaitlyn Fuchs and MacKenzie Harris both doubled for Serena.

Herscher 16, Sandwich 12

At Sandwich, the Lady Indians dropped a high-scoring Interstate Eight Conference affair to the Tigers.

Brianna Avery went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple for Sandwich (2-5, 1-2). Grace Schmidt, Lixy Lopez (double, two runs batted in), Megan Schwartz (two doubles, two RBIs), Josie Gonzalez (triple) and Maddie Card (three runs scored) all added a pair of hits. Tara Bohnstedt tripled as well.

Hailey Ruth (6 IP, 15 R, 11 ER, 12 H, 6 BB, 1 K) took the pitching loss.

Girls soccer

Ottawa 2, La Salle-Peru 0

At La Salle on Thursday, Skylar VanMill scored a pair of goals for the Lady Pirates (3-1-1) during their win over the Lady Cavaliers. Reagan Shea notched an assist.

Sophomore baseball

Streator 14, Seneca 3 (5 inn.)

At the SHS Athletic Fields, Mason Benning had four hits, including two doubles, and two runs batted in to lead the Streator (7-1, 4-0) offense during its I-8 win over Seneca in five innings. Damien Simmons and Drew Schmitt added a pair of hits apiece. Christian Bedecker tripled and plated two runs. Mason Telford doubled.

Peyton Benning got the win on the mound. He allowed an earned run and four hits and had four strikeouts in five innings pitched.

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