MORRIS — After a pair of tough losses to Sycamore and Kaneland to open the Northern Illinois Big 12 season, the Morris softball team defeated Yorkville, 6-4, on Thursday to improve its record to 9-6 overall and 1-2 in NIB 12 play.
Senior Gigi Corban picked up the win, giving up two earned runs and striking out eight. Rachel Trader led the way offensively with three hits and an RBI. Abbey Moore (RBI), Ashley Phelps, and Olivia Schultz (2 RBIs) added two hits each, while Claire Gugerty delivered what proved to be the game-winning triple with two outs, scoring two runs.
"I am so proud of our bounce back win," Morris coach Jen Bamonte said. "The girls played as a team and never quit. We proved today that we can play with the best. Hopefully, this can be our momentum starter."
Coal City 7, Sandwich 0: Winning pitcher Paityn Smith gave up three hits and had four strikeouts for the Coalers (3-5, 1-1), who totalled 11 hits in the Interstate Eight win.
Tri-Point 5, Gardner-South Wilmington 4: Losing pitcher Shelby Serena was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI for the Panthers, while Emily Beck added a hit and an RBI.
Gardner-South Wilmington 14, Tri-Point 1: Winning pitcher Tori King allowed one hit in three innings, while Shelby Serena tossed two innings of one-hit relief. King had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs, while Delaney Miller was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Madelyn Storm was 3 for 3. Serena was 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Panthers (2-4, 1-3) in the River Valley Conference win.
Seneca 8, Spring Valley Hall 1: Lyda Robinson and Kylie Winsor both had two hits for the Irish (8-1) in the nonconference win. Anne Krull had a two-run single as well. Grace Flatness was the winning pitcher, with Krull and Maggie Carpenter also seeing time on the mound. Carpenter struck out four in 1 1/3 innings.
DeKalb 4, Morris 3 (10 innings): Luke Olbrot threw nine strong innings for the Redskins (8-4, 2-1), but it wasn't enough in the Northern Illinois Big 12 loss. Olbrot allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out six and walking one. Tyler Dunne had three hits, while Kam Dransfeldt had two hits and an RBI and Jacob Overbeck had a double and an RBI.
"Luke Olbrot deserved much better than what he ended up getting out of this game," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "He was outstanding. Offensively, we have to improve very quickly if these guys want any chance of competing in conference. It gets nothing but harder from here.”
Coal City 2, Sandwich 1: Keegan Gagliardo fired a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and added a pair of singles at the plate to lead the Coalers (10-3, 2-0) to the Interstate Eight Conference win. Brendan Nevin had an RBI double for Coal City, while Justin Dabulskis, who also had a double on the day, drove in the winning run in the sixth with an RBI single.
Gardner-South Wilmington 13, Grace Christian 2: Joe Morales struck out seven in four innings for the Panthers (5-2) in the nonconference win. Matt Wepprecht led the offense with three hits, including a double.