MAPLE PARK – The Northern Illinois Big 12 baseball race is coming down to the wire, and the Morris baseball team is in the lead pack.
The Redskins grabbed a 4-2 win over Kaneland on Tuesday, as Nick Evola carried a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings. He finished with a three-hitter, picking up 10 strikeouts along the way, and neither of the Kaneland runs were earned as Evola moved to 7-2.
"Nick tossed an absolute gem tonight," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "He continually puts us in a position to win. You throw in some timely hitting, and it's a nice recipe for success."
Matt Bernickus was 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Redskins), while Trevor Lines was 2 for 3. Tom Cheshareck opened the scoring with a two-run, two-out double in the third inning, and Tim Smyk followed that with an RBI single. Trevor Lines was 2 for 3 for the Redskins, who also got hits from John Struck and Geno Persico.
"We feel good about where we're at, but we still have work to do," Kein said. "Thursday is a big one, and it can't get here soon enough."
Morris is now 22-8 overall, 9-4 in conference, trailing Yorkville, which is currently 9-3. The Foxes' scheduled game Tuesady with Sycamore was rained out. The Redskins, who host Kaneland on Thursday, still have one to play with Yorkville at home Monday.
Cavalier Invitational: After defeating LaSalle-Peru on Friday night, Morris beat Joliet West, 4-0, and Plainfield Central, 2-0, on Saturday to win the inaugural Cavalier Invitational Series.
Against Joliet West, Matt Walker went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out six. Austin Conrod was 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Tim Smyk hit a two-run homer. Tom Cheshareck had a double and an RBI, while Tyler Bordner tripled. Against Plainfield Central, Cody Niewinski threw a three-hitter with seven strikeouts. Lines was 3 for 3, while Bordner was 2 for 3 with a double.
Seneca 13, Sandwich 6: Behind three-hit games from Paige Hacker, (double, triple, 2 RBIs) and Sarah Radtke (RBI), the Irish (19-14, 7-8) claimed the Interstate Eight win Tuesday. Rachel Sangston earned the win, striking out two and allowing five hits in six innings.
Seneca 4, Sandwich 3: Seneca grabbed a 4-3 lead through six innings and then saw a four-run seventh get wiped out due to lightning as it claimed an I-8 win on Monday. Jenni Nugent led the way with four hits, including two triples while Sarah Radtke and Lexi Trompeter also collected triples for the Irish (18-14, 6-8). Paige Hacker added a two-run hit and Rachel Sangston allowed seven hits and one earned run to get the win.
Coal City 2, Plano 0: The Coalers (14-13, 9-5) won Monday's I-8 game as Emily Aichele got the shutout victory. Makenna Emerson went 2 for 3 and scored a run, while Abbey Spesia drove in a run.
Gardner-South Wilmington 13, Tri-Point 1 (5 inn.): The Panthers used a 10-run first inning to help it claim a 13-1 win. Emily Foley (16-5) allowed three hits and struck out four to collect the win. Kylie King went 4 for 4 with two triples and added two runs and three RBI. Lexi Posing (2 runs) and Foley each went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Herscher 4, Wilmington 3: The Wildcats only mustered four hits in dropping Monday's I-8 home game. Ashley Adermann had two of those hits and also drove in all three runs. Miranda Southall only allowed two earned runs and struck out four in seven innings.
Coal City goes 2-1: The Coalers won two of their three games on Saturday at the Central Illinois Showcase Tournament in Decatur. In a 45-2 win over Central A&M, Emily Aichele struck out seven in a winning effort. Leah Campos had two of her team's four hits.
The Coalers beat Shelbyville, 6-4, after collecting 14 hits. Taylor Meents had four hits and drove in two rins, Makenna Emerson added three hits and Abby Spesia and Campos (2 runs) had two hits apiece.
Coal City fell, 11-4, to St. Joseph-Ogden in its third game. Kenady Clayburn, Emerson (2 RBIs) and Campos led the Coalers offensively.
TRACK & FIELD
Lisle Carlin Nalley Boys Invite: Seneca edged Oregon, 126-119, to claim top honors in the 10-team Class 1A meet. The Irish got titles from Ross McCormick in the 1,600 (4:44.14) and the 3,200 (10:02.35), James Bowen in the 800 (2:07.45) and Tommy Lovett in the 110 hurdles (15.03),
The Irish also won both the 4x100 relay (45.2) and the 4x200 relay (1:34.59) behind Lovett, Carter Gallick, Trevin Seul and Lucas Ward.
NIB XII Girls Conference meet: Haleigh Knapp won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches to help Morris take ninth place with 20 points. Leona Burton was third in the long jump (16-11 1/2) and fifth in the 100 dash (13.36 seconds) and the 200 (27.85).