BRAIDWOOD – Freshman Maddie Noon made Reed-Custer’s bats feel like it was midnight Monday as the Morris softball defeated the Comets, 4-1.
Noon went the distance for the Redskins (3-4), allowing just two hits while striking out three.
Offensively, Kennedy Dransfeldt led the way with two hits and an RBI. Taylor Nelson added a double, while Grace Lines and Madigan Doss also had a hit.
The Morris defense helped Noon by turning a pair of double plays as well.
“Our defense was stellar,” Morris coach Jen Bamonte said. “Maddie Noon did a great job of using her defense. She threw strikes and gave us a chance to make plays behind her. The defense followed suit by cleaning everything up.
“Overall, this was a great team win.”
Kaneland 10, Morris 0: The Redskins (3-5, 0-1) were held to three hits in their Northern Illinois Big 12 opener. Madigan Doss suffered the loss on the mound, going three innings and giving up six hits and two earned runs. Kennedy Dransfeldt led the offense, going 2 for 3, while Olivia Schultz had the other hit.
Gardner-South Wilmington 10, Iroquois West 3: Shelby Serena pitched six innings for the Panthers, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out four. Paige Patterson and Kylie Hawks each had two hits.
Seneca 10, Prairie Central 2: Winning pitcher Annie Krull struck out 10 and allowed just three hits. She helped herself at the plate with a home run and four RBIs as well. Cassidy Draves added two hits, including a home run, for the Irish (5-1).
Seneca 2, Roanoke-Benson 1: Gage Cryder went 5⅔ innings, striking out 12 and allowing a run on five hits, to get the win for Seneca (4-3, 2-0) in Tri-Valley Conference play. Brayden Roe threw 1⅓ hitless innings for the save. Matt Cruise (1 for 3) had Seneca’s only hit.
Seneca 20, Midland 1 (5 innings): A day after getting only one hit, the Irish rolled to the non-conference win. Offensive stars abounded for the Irish (5-3), as Sam Grushkin (2 for 3, triple, 4 RBIs) and Dillon Conroy (2 RBIs) homered, Myles Mitchell wa 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, and Brayden Roe added three RBIs. Grushkin (1 IP, 1 H 3 K), Brody Baudino (1⅔ IP, 1 R, 2H) and winning pitcher Ethan Robson (2⅓ IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2K) saw time on the mound.
Coal City 8, Joliet West 6: Payton Hutchings struck out 10 in 5⅓ innings for Coal City (7-1) to record the win. He also had a double and two RBIs at the plate. Austin Pullara added a home run and two RBIs, while Jack Bunton had a triple and an RBI. Connor Best, Tyson Spencer and Drew Moir each had two hits and an RBI.
Coal City 18, Pontiac 8 (6 innings): Jack Bunton was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Cade Mueller was 2 for 3 with three RBIs to power Coal City (8-1) in the nonconference win. Mickey McDowell, Tyson Spencer, Ethan Wendler and winning pitcher Abram Wills all doubled as well.
Gardner-South Wilmington 11, Iroquois West 0: Joey Morales threw a four-hitter with seven strikeouts in the five-inning River Valley Conference win for the Panthers (5-1, 2-0). Nathan Wozniak had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs to pace the offense, while Nolan Perkins (triple, 3 RBIs) and Kade Kociss (2 RBIs) added two hits each.
Reed-Custer 10, Gardner-South Wilmington 0: The Panthers managed just two hits in falling to 5-2 with the nonconference loss.
Joliet Junior College 20-11, Morton 3-3: Morris’ Ashley Phelps had four hits, including two doubles, for the Wolves (17-7) in the opener. In the nightcap, Phelps hit one of JJC’s two home runs as Seneca’s Rachel Sangston got the win, going five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three. Minooka’s Mackenzie Melendez also homered, as she and Phelps each had two hits.
Joliet Junior College 4-4, South Suburban College 1-3: In the second game, Coal City’s Paityn Smith went the full seven innings for the win, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four. Mackenzie Melendez of Minooka had a hit and an RBI for the Wolves (19-7), while Morris graduate Ashley Phelps also had a hit.