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Area Roundup: Morris baseball loses to Yorkville

YORKVILLE — The Morris baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Yorkville on Tuesday on the road.

Nick Evola was the losing pitcher for the Redskins. He went five innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five. Preston Miracle pitched the sixth, allowing no hits and striking out two.

Morris scored its lone run in the fifth inning. Trevor Lines led off with a walk and Christian Niewinski singled. A bunt by Matt Bernickus resulted in a fielder’s choice and Lines came in on a throwing error.

Niewinski had one of three hits for Morris with the others coming from Grant Davis and Miracle.

“Nick threw well enough to win. It doesn’t get any more complicated than that,” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “We need to get back to hitting the ball like we are capable of. We have not done that for two straight games and it has cost us.”


Minooka 16,

Plainfield East 3

The Indians had a 12-run first inning to start the game on Tuesday and then cruised from there.

Mitch Vogrin, Matt Figora and Mark Harkey shared in the pitching win.

Offensively, Steve Wittenkamp had a triple, single and three RBI, Mark Fox had a double, single and an RBI and Brennen Polcyn had a single and two RBI.


Minooka 4,


Dominick Matrisciano, Josh Mitchell and Trevor Maly combined on the mound for a combined no-hitter for the Indians.

Matrisciano went 4 2/3 innings, Mitchell 1 1/3 innings and Maly one inning. They combined to walk seven while striking out five.

At the plate, Mark Fox had two singles and an RBI, Steve Wittkamp had a triple and two RBI and Brennen Polcyn had a single and an RBI. Tyler Desmariras, Joe Carnagio and Neal Tyrell also singled.

In the sophomore game, Minooka won 10-9 behind the hitting of Jon Vesper (three hits), Cole Thompson (double, two singles) and Jake Null (three singles).

Christian Sanchez was the winning pitcher and Brandon Stang got the save.


Coal City 6,

Sandwich 6

The game was called due to darkness after seven innings.

Nate Chapman pitched and allowed six hits and no earned runs while striking out five.

At the plate, Austin McLuckie had two hits and two runs scored. Nate Natyshok had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

“It was a crazy game. We played great in the first half and then routine plays came back to haunt us,” Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said.

Sandwich 4,

Coal City 2

The Coalers lost their first game of the Interstate Eight Conference season, losing by two to the Indians.

Austin McLuckie was the tough-luck losing pitcher for Coal City. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs (one earned) while walking four and striking out four. Nate Chapman and Zach Mellen each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Brennen Shetina had a double and the plate and Dylan Hakey and Lane Cowherd had a single and a run scored each.

“Frustrating loss. Today we made too many routine mistakes in the field and at the plate,” Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said. “We swung at some bad pitches and fell behind in the count too many times. That’s something we have to get better at.”

In the sophomore game, Coal City beat Sandwich 2-0. Ricky Collins had the big hit in the game — a two-run double. Brad Littleton also doubled.

Jared Skubic was the winning pitcher. He went all seven innings, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out 10.

Westmont 12,

Seneca 2

Brent Bergeson was the losing pitcher. He allowed 10 runs in four innings but just one was earned. Nick Kirkton pitched the fifth.

At the plate, Trent Nugent, Brian Bergeson and Matt Houchin had doubles.

Westmont 15,

Seneca 7

Logan Pifer was 2-for-3 with a double in the loss and Brent Bergeson added a three-run homer for Seneca. Matt Houchin was also 2-for-3 at the plate.

Josh Roeder was the losing pitcher. He went five innings allowing nine earned runs and Brian Bergeson finished it up by throwing the final two innings. Brian Bergeson also was 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI.

GSW 5,

Illinois Lutheran 0

Mike Goodwin threw a complete-game, three-hitter for the Panthers. He walked none and struck out five.

At the plate, Anthony Garrett was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

“It was a very tough conference game by a group of GSW kids that just don’t give up,” GSW coach Todd Grieff said. “I am very proud of these kids and hope this big victory is enough to rattle off a few more.”


Yorkville 2,

Morris 0

Cody Niewinski was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the Redskins. He went six innings, allowing five hits and one earned run.

At the plate, Justin McTague and Tyler Bordner were each 1-for-2 on the day.

Coal City 11,

Sandwich 0

Nick Micetich was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and allowing two hits in five innings.

At the plate, Jared Skubic and Dillon Siejka had two hits each.


Morris 3,

Sycamore 2

The Redskins picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday behind the pitching of Erica Gualandi. She went all seven innings allowing one earned run.

Morris had eight hits on the day. Maddie Feeney was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Alex Kjellesvik was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice and an RBI, Leah Lines was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Gualandi was 2-for-3.

Kellen Bernickus made a diving catch in centerfield to end the game.

In the frosh-soph contest, Morris lost 4-3. Lauren Harper was the losing pitcher while Amanda Jenkins, Shaina Templet, Brista Johnson and Megan LeBlanc had hits on offense.

Providence Catholic 2,

Morris 0

Lauren Severson had the lone hit of the day for Morris and that was also the only baserunner to reach for the Redskins.

Erica Gualandi was the losing pitcher. She allowed one earned run while walking one.

Coal City 8,

Sandwich 2

Emily Aichele was the winning pitcher, going all seven innings allowing four hits and four walks while striking out eight.

At the plate, Madison Giordano, Mady Bunton, Gabby Bonic and Abby Olsen each had two hits.

Coal City 6,

Sandwich 5

Coal City scored twice in the seventh inning to secure the walk-off win against the Indians.

Emily Aichele was the winning pitcher. She went seven innings, allowing eight hits and four walks while striking out eight. Three of the five runs she allowed were earned.

At the plate, Abby Olsen was2-for-4 with two RBI and Taylor Meents also was 2-for-2.

Seneca 4,

Westmont 3

Chelsie McCormick executed a suicide squeeze, scoring Nicole Pihl with the winning run in the seventh on Tuesday.

Seneca had six hits total, including doubles from Kayla Haines and April Hovious.

“It was great to see the girls fight in a tough game and for Chelsie especially,” Seneca coach Dan Stecken said. “She steped in and deliver in a pressure-packed situation.”

Westmont 7,

Seneca 5

Sarah Radtke was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and Lexi Trompeter was also 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.

Nicole Pihl went six innings allowing seven earned runs. on seven hits and three walks while striking out four.

“We had opportunities to extend an early lead and did not execute our small ball,” Seneca coach Dan Stecken said. “Credit Westmont, They hit the ball with two outs and runners in scoring position and we stranded seven baserunners in key situations.”

McNamara 10,


Emily Foley was the losing pitcher. She allowed 10 earned runs in four innings on nine hits.

Foley also had the only hit.

GSW 14,

Illinois Lutheran 2, 5 innings

Emily Foley, Becca Bernardy, Abby Horrie and Sophie Barna combined for 11 of the 15 hits that the Panthers had in the five-inning win. Foley was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two triples, two runs scored and two RBI; Bernardy was 3-for-4 with three runs scored; Horrie was 2-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI and Barna was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Foley was the winning pitcher. In five innings she allowed five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Newark 19,

IMSA 1, 5 innings

Kristine Zitt was the winning pitcher. She went all five innings, allowing one hit and four walks. She also struck out 9.

Melissa Schmidt had a triple at the plate with three runs scored while Caroline Erickson, Deanna Drew, Zitt and Megan DiClementi had two hits apiece.


Junior Varsity

Morris 2,

Coal City 0

Tia Krause and Addison Polite each scored in the win for Morris. Ashley Flanders assisted the first goal and Dorissa Gutierrez the second.



Nettle Creek beats Lisbon

The Nettle Creek boys basketball team beat Lisbon 40-32 behind eight points apiece from Ben Larson and Connor McGlynn.

In the ‘B’ game, Nettle Creek won 34-19 behind 14 points by Larson and McGlynn had 11.

Nettle Creek loses to Serena

The Nettle Creek boys basketball team lost to Serena 43-41 in recent days despite 19 points by Ben Larson and six from Taggert Tesdall.

In the ‘B’ game, Nettle Creek won 32-13 behind 15 points from Connor Grieve and six each from Nolan Robbins and six from Gunter Nusbaumer.

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