COAL CITY – The Coal City eighth-grade baseball team opened up its season in defense of last year’s state championship with a doubleheader sweep over Bourbonnais, 14-1 and 11-3, Saturday.
Payton Hutchings and Keegan Gagliardo both pitched well in picking up victories.
Strong relief stints were made by Jack Bunton and Austin Pullara as the two combined for eight strikeouts, one hit and one walk.
Gagliardo, the lone returning starter, had six hits on the day. Dustyn Muzzarelli had five hits, including a three-run homer.
Connor Best had four hits and three RBIs.
Mickey McDowell collected three hits and four runs scored. Hutchings added a solo homer in Game 2.
“We played really well for the opening day,“ Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said. “Our hitters made contact at the plate and the pitchers all did a good job at the throwing strikes.”
EIGHTH GRADE SOFTBALL
Summitt Hill 10, Minooka 1: Minooka had three hits, one each by Hannah Justak, Maggie Joutras and Maddie Gambosi.
Maternity 10, Minooka 3: Minooka was led by Kynsey Cryder, Cierra Bachmann, Maddy Muzzey, Bella Alessio and Allie Vandrgrift with one hit each.
Minooka 10, Kankakee 0: Minooka was led by Cryder, Maddie Gambosi, Steph Nolan and Hannah Justake with two hits each.
Maggie Joutras, Bachmann, Katie Spillie, Vandrgrift and Muzzey each had a hit. Spillie pitched a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts.