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Roundup: Moore, Kolotka homer in Morris victory

Emily Moore was 2 for 4 with four RBIs and a walk-off home run for the Morris softball team during an 11-0, six-inning victory over Rochelle on Friday.

Kelly Kolotka homered and had two RBIs for Morris, which got hits from Kellen Bernickus, Abby Burns, Leah Lines, Taylor Severson and Taya Torkelson. Abby Burns threw all six innings, striking out 11.

Gardner-South Wilmington 13, Grant Park 9: Lexi Posing had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in five runs Monday for Gardner. Kylie King went 5 for 5, Maranda Residori 4 for 5 with three RBIs. Emily Foley had three hits, two of them doubles. Emily Foley had three hits and Ally Matthews and Sophie Barna each had two.

Coal City 4, Seneca 0: Emily Aichele threw a no-hitter Monday with five strikeouts.
Makenna Emerson hit a two-run homer and Abby Olsen doubled and drove in two for the Coalers (7-10, 4-3 in Interstate Eight).

Dwight 7, Seneca 6: Karlie Cade and Lexi Trompeter had two hits each Friday for the Irish as Dwight rallied late.

Newark 15-12, Kirkland-Hiawatha 0-2: Shelby Hoddy pitched a no-hitter for Newark (8-5, 8-2) in the five-inning opener Saturday, striking out nine and walking one. Megan Malone doubled, singled twice and drove in three runs. Hoddy also had three hits.

Kristine Zitt pitched the win in Game 2. Megan DiClementi had three doubles and a single. Malone and Lexi Zeznanski had three hits.


Seneca 3, Dwight 2: Brandon Viken (1-2) pitched seven innings for the win, allowing no earned runs, and got down a sixth-inning squeeze bunt to drive home the winning run Friday for Seneca. Lars Pihl hit an RBI double and Brant Baudino an RBI single during the Irish sixth.

Ryan Gaston struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs in 52⁄3 innings for Dwight. Chris Peck doubled for the Trojans.

Reed-Custer 6, Plano 5: Winning pitcher Eddie Wilkins (2-1), who struck out 10, went 3 for 4 and drove in the winning run for the Comets on Friday. Mason Dransfeldt went 2 for 4 and had the tying RBI in the top of the seventh.

Glenbard South 2, Minooka 1: Tyler Paulsen pitched 52⁄3 innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs while striking out seven for visiting Minooka (14-4) Saturday. Paulsen also had two hits.

Manteno 13, Coal City 9: Nate Chapman was 4 for 4 with two RBIs. Brad Littleton was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs and DJ Budde was 2 for 3 with a triple and a double Friday for the Coalers.

Newark 8-7, Hiawatha 6-17: Mitch Schmidt went 3 for 4 with two doubles and Matt Eike doubled for Newark (7-8, 5-7) in the opener of the Saturday split. Kevin Klock pitched five innings for the victory and Kendell Endress worked two innings for the save.

Eike had two hits and two RBIs in Game 2. Steve McGrath added two hits.


Minooka 10-15, Glenbard South 0-9: Logan O’Brien and Tyler Talbot had three hits each for the Indians in the first game Saturday, and Antonio Milazzo had four hits in Game 2.


Coal City second: Coal City finished second Saturday in the Coal City Spring Shootout, dropping the title game to Princeton, 1-0.

Earlier, the Coalers beat Streator, 2-0; tied Princeton, 0-0; and beat Streator, 4-0. Coal City’s Ashley Jezik, Brittany Jezik, Natalie Norris and Kristen Pearcy were named to the all-tournament team.

Brittany Jezik scored two goals in Game 1, with Britta Spelde making three saves in the shutout. In the scoreless tie against Princeton, Spelde was in goal. Tori Knutson, Brittany Jezik, Norris and Courtney Torino had goals in the second win over Streator.


Metea Valley Invitational: Minooka placed first out of eight teams Friday with 94 points. Its event winners were Janile Rogers in the 200 meter (25.36), the 400 (59.28), the long jump (18-7) and the triple jump (34-10.25), Moira McAsey in the 800 (2:22.71) and Bethan Bachmann, Emma Tonelli, McAsey and Ashleigh Wilson in the 4x400 (4:03.79). Ashley Tutt set a school record in the 1,600 (second place, 5:17.44).

Morris at Plano: Morris was second out of five teams Thursday with 74 as Seneca won with 198. Winners for the Redskins were Leona Burton in the long jump (16-7.5) and the 200 (21.14) and Haleigh Knapp in the high jump (5-2). Burton was second in the 100 (13.11), as were Maddie Davy, Maria Blanco, Kayla Cryder and Meghan Smith in the 4x800 (11:49) and Becca McKee, Katie Erickson, Malexa Farmer and Burton in the 4x100.


Downers Grove South Invitational: Minooka won the 14-team event with 108 points, outdistancing runner-up Bloomington’s 80. Lockport (14) was 10th. Winners for the Indians were Devin Ingram in the 100 (10.94) and the 200 (22.36), Shabari Bailey in the 110 hurdles (14.73), the 4x200 relay team of Ingram, Mitch Miller, Victor Turpin and Chris Hopkins (1:30.15) and Chris Wilson in the 400 (49.04).


Lockport Invitational: “A” level winners for Minooka, which was the team champion Saturday with 275 points, were Matt Sak, Michael Bozue, Jake Swank and Chris Drey in the 4x800 (8:39.80), Brennan Loughran in the pole vault (12-6), Quintin Durov in the high jump (6-4), Justin Wolz in the 300 hurdles (41.64) and Steve Lasinis in the triple jump (39-1.5).

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