ROCHELLE – The Morris baseball team fell behind early Tuesday against Rochelle, but the Redskins showed some spark in an eight-inning, 5-4, come-from-behind win on the road in Northern Illinois Big 12 play.
Winning pitcher Cody Niewinski (5-1) went seven innings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out 10. Tom Cheshareck came on in the eighth for the save with two strikeouts. He stranded the tying run at third with a whiff to end the game.
Rochelle scored twice in the third, but Morris (16-8, 6-4) countered with four runs in the fourth. Rochelle then pushed one across in the fifth and hit a solo homer in the seventh to send it to extra innings. In the eighth, Kyle Hill led off with a single. Matt Bernickus sacrificed him over for the first out. Austin Conrod flew out for the second out, and then Cheshareck laced a double down the right field line to plate Hill.
“A win on the road is a win on the road, especially in conference,” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “Cody threw a good game, and Chez came through with the big hit when we needed it. It was nice to see us respond after yesterday and after being down early today.”
Hill went 3 for 5 with an RBI, while Trevor Lines was 3 for 3. Tyler Bordner was 2 for 4, while Cheshareck had a double and two RBIs. Bernickus had a single and an RBI as well.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Morris 10, Rochelle 2: Emily Moore was 4 for 5 with four RBIs to lead the Redskins (17-3, 5-2) to the NIB12 win. Lauren Severson was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Alex Cook, Abby Burns (RBI), and Leah Lines all had two hits, while Alex Kjellesvik and Kelly Kolotka each added a hit. Abby Burns threw the first three innings giving up two hits, an earned run and struck out five. Laurel Harper closed the last four innings giving up four hits, an earned run and struck out one.
Coal City 8, Westmont 2: Winning pitcher Emily Aichele gave up one hit and had six strikeouts for the Coalers (10-11). She also provided the offensive spark with four hits, including a grand slam. Makenna Emerson and Mady Bunton had two hits and an RBI each.
Seneca 10, Lisle 5: Seneca’s offense rolled, playing a lot of small ball to beat Lisle on a blustery day. Karlie Cade led the way with two singles, three sacrifice bunts and an RBI. Sarah Radtke had a huge game with four hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Rachel Sangston, Madi Wyss and Jenni Nugent also had two hits. Becca Towne earned the win, going the first four innings for the Irish (15-13, 5-7 Interstate Eight), allowing three runs – one earned – on five hits with a strikeout. Sangston closed the door by finishing the final three innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.
Watson honored: Coal City graduate Krista Watson, a senior at Augustana, has been named to the All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin softball first team.
Watson earned first team All-CCIW honors for the third time in her career. The Viking shortstop was also a second-team selection as a sophomore in 2012. She is hitting .360 this year with four homers and 23 RBIs. She leads the team with 12 doubles and ranks second total bases (79), slugging (.581) and on-base percentage (.448). Watson is tied for second on the team in homers and ranks in Augustana’s all-time top ten in nearly every offensive category, including tied for first in doubles (42) and second in home runs (21).
All-Star Sports registration: All-Star Sports is a baseball league in Channahon open to ages four to high school. The league is for players who didn’t make their school team or just want to learn to play baseball. Registration will be held on the following dates at the pavillion between the two ball fields at 24455 W. Eames St. in Channahon: Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon; Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.-noon; Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.-noon; Thursday, June 5, 5-7 p.m.; and Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Visit www.all-starsports.com or call (815) 467-6846 for more information.