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Morris girls track kicks off outdoor season in Ottawa

Redskins girls track and field team claimed fifth place with a team score of 70 points on Thursday in Ottawa. Dixon won the event with 163 team points.

Highlights for Morris included Haleigh Knapp winning the high jump, three second place finishes, two thirds, five fourths and two fifths.

Knapp cleared 4 feet, 10 inches in the high jump to win the event and Leona Burton was part of two seconds. She was second in the long jump at 16-9.5 and ran a leg of the 4x200 meter relay with teammates Katie Erickson, Becca McKee and Jessica Weber. Their final time was 1:56.09.

Maria Blanco (14:30.34) and Burton (12.93) were third in the 3,200 and 100, respectively. Getting fourths were: the 4x800 relay team (12:01.31); Erickson in the 400 (1:08.22); Meghan Smith in the 1,600 (6:23.47); Becca McKee in the 200 (29.56) and Sabrina Baftiri in the long jump (13-9.5). The 1,600 relay team and Smith in the long jump were fifth.

“This was our first outdoor meet. Coach (John) Courter and I were very proud of the team’s energy and excitement going into this meet,” Morris coach Lori Dite said. “We’re looking forward to the season ahead.”


Morris 7, Streator 5: Trailing 5-0 heading into the seventh inning, Morris rallied for seven runs to complete the comeback and snag the Northern Illinois Big 12 East win.

At the plate for the Redskins, Emily Moore was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Kellen Bernickus was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Kelly Kolotka was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and both Taya Torkelson and winning pitcher Abby Burns added singles.

Abby Burns was the winning pitcher. She went all seven innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out four.

In junior-varsity action, Morris beat Streator, 11-4, behind the pitching of Karil Guistat. Guistat went four innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out one.

At the plate, Ryan Friend was 4 for 5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Jasmine Cook was 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Melissa Benson had a triple and three RBIs, while Janelle Brehm added three runs scored.

GSW 6, Dwight 5: Emily Foley was the winning pitcher for the Panthers in the rivalry game.

Foley went all seven innings, allowing eight hits and one earned run while striking out three.

“This was a great game by two great teams,” GSW coach Jon Posing said. “I was very proud of my girls for continuing to fight.”

GSW was down 5-1 in the fourth before coming back for the win.

At the plate, Foley was 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, Sydney Perkins was 2 for 3 with a double. Ally Matthews was 2 for 3 with a run scored, and Lexi Posing was 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

Ottawa 4, Seneca 1: Sarah Radtke homered in her first at-bat to give the Irish an early 1-0 lead, only to see the Pirates come back to claim the nonconference win.

“Becca Towne was able to keep the Pirates hitters off balance, but a couple of key errors accounted for four unearned runs,” Seneca coach Dan Stecken said. “A frustrating game for sure.”

At the plate for Seneca, Jenni Nugent had two hits and Paige Hacker one.

Newark 22, Hinckley-Big Rock 1: Jasmine Mitchell was the winning pitcher after allowing one earned run on four hits while walking three. She fanned seven.

At the plate for the Norsettes Kristine Zitt was 3 for 3 with two home runs and six RBIs while Megan Malone was 3 for 3 with a double, home run, three runs scored and four RBIs.

“Our seniors led the way tonight, and Jasmine did a nice job of hitting her spots,” Newark coach Brian Holman said. “It’s nice to see our bats stay consistent to show the girls their hard work is paying off.”


Minooka 4,

Plainfield Central 0

The Indians completed the sweep of the Wildcats behind the pitching of Mitch Vogrin. Vogrin went all seven innings, allowing one hit while striking out 10.

Vogrin also was 3 for 3 with an RBI at the plate, and Neal Tyrell, Tyler Paulson and Brennan Polcyn had one hit each for the Indians.

In freshman action Minooka beat Central 6-1 behind the pitching of Zac Schultz and A.J. Wojtowicz.

At the plate, Joe Butler had two hits, including a triple and Desta Martin also had a triple and a single. Nick Airola tripled.

GSW 2,

Dwight 0

Blake Marks threw a one-hitter along with three walks while striking out 10 for the Panthers in the rivalry contest.

Kyle Robison, Scott Horrie and Connor Hayes had two hits each while Horrie and Hays had two RBI for GSW.

“Can’t say enough about Blake’s performance. Second game in a row he has now dominated,” GSW coach Todd Grieff said. “We really wanted to win this game and the kids came through.”

For Dwight, Drew Jensen had the lone hit and Ryan Gaston took the mound loss.

Ottawa 14,

Seneca 3

The nonconference game was close early, before the Pirates pulled away late.

“The game was closer than what the scored showed,” Seneca coach Kirk Houchin said. “We gave up three unearned runs in the third inning. We played right with them through five innings, then kind of let it go at the end.”

Austin Applebee was the losing pitcher. He went 5 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out five.

At the plate for Seneca, Brandon Pasdertz was 2-for-3 while Brant Baudino added a double and two RBIs and Matt Houchin a double and one RBI.

The day before against Spring Valley-Hall, Seneca lost 13-3. In that game Viken was the losing pitcher but he also had a single and an RBI at the plate. Applebee had a single and an RBI and Hunter Simon was 2 for 3.

Hinckley-Big Rock 8,

Newark 1

Connor Christian was the losing pitcher for the Norse, and Cameron Myer had the lone hit.

Reed-Custer 8,

Streator 2

Jon Kostain was the winning pitcher for the Comets. He went five innings, walking two and allowing five hits. He ended up striking out eight before turning the ball over to Travis Schoonover who got the save.

At the plate Zach Zoltani was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs, while Jordan Walden, Jordan Coldwell and Mason Dransfeldt had two hits each.


Herscher 8,

Morris 5

Matt Walker was 2 for 4 at the plate for Morris with a run scored in the nonconference loss to the Tigers. Kenny Graman and Ben Larson had one hit each.


Minooka 1,

Plainfield East 0

Hannah Rieker scored the lone goal of the Southwest Prairie Conference game, as the Indians got their first win of the season.

In JV action East won, 2-1.

Coal City 1,

Peotone 0

Coal City improves to 2-1 on the season with its first conference win of the season.

The Coalers scored on a penalty kick late in the first half by Kristen Pearcy.

Britta Spelde was the winning keeper. She made four saves.

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