MORRIS – Taking on a starter’s role, Morris pitcher Brock Kukman – normally a reliever – delivered what his team needed Thursday.
Kukman gave the Redskins five strong innings, in which he allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four, as his teammates feasted on Rochelle pitching in a 10-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 win. Tom Cheshareck threw the last two innings, allowing no hits and two walks while striking out six.
“Brock’s role hasn’t been as a starting pitcher,” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “But he came out and threw a nice game. ‘Chez’ was impressive in the last two innings as well.”
Kyle Hill led the offensive attack for Morris (17-8, 7-4), going 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs. Tyler Bordner had three hits, including a double, two runs and an RBI, while Tim Smyk was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Trevor Lines added a double and two runs, while Austin Conrod and Cheshareck each had a hit and two RBIs.
“It was a great day to hit,” Kein said. “As a team, we were able to put the ball in play hard all game long. When we’re able to do that, I like our chances. Credit our kids after a tough first game to come back and take the series.”
Minooka 4, Oswego 3: Neal Tyrell had three hits, Jon Vesper singled and doubled, Tyler Desmarais added two hits and Christian Sanchez doubled for Minooka (20-4, 14-1) in the Southwest Prairie win.
Newark 19, IMSA 7: Mitch Schmidt (2 doubles, 3 RBIs) and Matt Eike (5 RBIs) both had four hits to power the Norsemen (14-9) to their seventh straight win. Austin Pagel had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Winning pitcher Kevin Klock struck out seven in six innings.
Gardner-South Wilmington 5, Momence 3: Emily Foley got the win and helped herself by going 2 for 4 with two doubles. She also struck out two and allowed just six hits. Sydney Perkins was 3 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Panthers (15-5, 7-2 River Valley), while Sophie Barna was 2 for 4 with a double.
Oswego 4, Minooka 3: Winners for the Indians were Ryan Bozue and Andrew Surawski in singles and the doubles team of Michael Cappel and Cody Bresnahan.
Sycamore 3, Morris 1: Alexa Rain scored off an assist from Katherine Gallick four minutes into the game Thursday, but the Redskins couldn’t find the net again in the NIB 12 matchup.
Minooka 5, Romeoville 1: Marisol Galvan and Lacey Viano each scored twice for Minooka (4-7-4, 3-3 Southwest Prairie), while Martina Kartba also scored. Assists came from Galvan, Maggie Ward and Hailey Arlis. Goalie Lily Benig made three saves.
Coal City 1, Herscher 0 (2-1 PKs): After the game was scoreless through regulation and two 10-minte overtime periods, the Coalers (9-3, 7-2 Interstate Eight) won on penalty kicks. In the fifth and final round, the score was tied at one, before Coal City’s Ashley Jezik scored and Coaler goalie Britta Spelde made a save to preserve the win. Spelde made 11 saves in all.