MORRIS – After suffering a loss at the hands of Northern Illinois Big 12 rival DeKalb on Monday, the Morris baseball team got back on the winning track Tuesday with a 6-2 win over the Barbs. The Redskins will look to take the series today in DeKalb.
Winning pitcher Tim Smyk threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out eight against just one walk as the Redskins improved to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the NIB 12.
Smyk was 3 for 3 with an RBI, while teammate Grant Schluntz hit a two-run homer in the first with two outs, his second of the year. Austin Conrod’s 14-game hitting streak ended Monday night in DeKalb, but he chipped in Tuesday with a hit and two runs.
“It was a nice bounce-back day after a disappointing start to the series,” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “Tim threw a solid game, and we got some key hits. It was nice to see us hit some balls hard.”
Coal City 5, Seneca 4: Brad Littleton had three hits and an RBI for Coal City (10-9, 5-3 in Interstate Eight Conference play). Lane Cowherd had two hits and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch. Littleton allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out eight in six innings. Zack Mellen allowed no runs or hits over the final two innings.
Reed-Custer 16, Dwight 3: Freshman Eddie Wilkins struck out seven in five innings for the Comets (15-7, 6-2) in Interstate Eight action Tuesday. Jordan Walden had three hits for Reed-Custer, while Mason Dransfeldt and Zach Zoltani each had four RBIs. Ryan Gaston doubled for Dwght (7-14, 0-9).
Illinois Lutheran 2, Gardner-South Wilmington 0: The Panthers (7-9) were limited to three hits. Brandon Elins threw five innings, striking out four.
Serena 5, Newark 1: Mitch Schmidt, Austin Pagel and Kendry Endres all had a hit for the Norsemen (7-9, 5-7). Ty Mulligan had three strikeouts in five innings.
Newark 9, Serena 8: Kelsey Zitt hit the game-winning single with two outs in the seventh for Newark (9-6, 9-3 in Little Ten Conference play), just after Megan Malone tied the score with a two-run homer. Malone finished wth two homers, while Zitt had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Serena 1, Newark 0: Shelby Hoddy allowed just two hits and struck out nine for Newark (8-6, 8-3) in Monday’s Little Ten conference loss. She also went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice at the plate.
Gardner-South Wilmington 13, Grant Park 9: The Panthers (10-4) pounded out 20 hits Tuesday, including a 5-for-5 day from Kylie King. Maranda Residori had four hits and three RBIs, while Lexi Posing was 3 for 4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Winning pitcher Emily Foley went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Ally Matthews (RBI) had three hits and Sophie Barna (RBI) collected two.
Coal City 2, Beecher 0: Brittney Jezik scored both goals for the Coalers (6-1), one off an assist from Gabby Sander. Goalie Britta Spelde made 12 saves to notch the shutout.
Morris 3, Dixon 2: Morris’ Jon Smyk fought back to defeat Dixon’s Zach Healy. After losing the first set, 3-6, Smyk answered by winning the next two sets, 6-3, 6-2. The Redskins doubles team of Matt Borgstrom and Chris Chaidez won, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5, while David Carlos and Trevor Allbert won, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).
Ace in Dwight: Jack Wilson of Coal City scored a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Dwight Country Club. Wilson used a driver on the 195-yard par 3. It was witnessed by Leon Residori, Joe Misener and Ralph Sassenger, and was Wilson’s first ace.