Tuesday's prep highlights: Denault keeps PBL perfect
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 8, Oakwood 4. Axl Denault had three hits and drove in five runs as the Panthers (5-0) remained unbeaten. Dustin Mercer earned the pitching win, and Hunter Johnson picked up a save with 22/3 innings of scoreless relief. Oakwood’s Kyle Girton was 3 for 3.
■ Cerro Gordo/Bement 13, Meridian 3. Connor Gross had three hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs as the Broncos (5-3) won at home. Mason Neisslie pitched all five innings for the win, striking out nine in a two-hitter.
■ Rantoul 11, Danville 0. Kyle Flessner struck out seven in a four-hit shutout. Tanner McLain had two hits for the Eagles.
■ Toledo Cumberland 12, Tuscola 11. Nick Bates had three hits and Tuscola teammates Clayton Turner and Tommy Watson each had two hits, but the Warriors lost at home in a game in which they made five errors. “We should come out on top of any game that we score 11 runs in,” Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said, “but when you give up as many unearned runs as we did it is very difficult to win.”
■ St. Thomas More 8, Iroquois West 0. Mike Plecki struck out 10 in a one-hitter as the Sabers won in Gilman. Storm Joop had three hits and Plecki two. Trenton Miller’s single was the lone hit for the Raiders.
■ Unity 3, Fisher 0. Robby Crouse pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out five as the unbeaten Rockets (6-0) won in Fisher. Taylor White had two of Unity’s seven hits. Fisher’s Simon Corley had a sixth-inning double.
■ Tri-Valley 4, Clinton 1. Nolan Hickman had three hits for Clinton, which lost a non-conference decision in Downs.
■ Villa Grover/Heritage 19, Judah Christian 1. Brandon Hamilton scored the lone run for Judah in a loss at the Rantoul Knights of Columbus Field.
■ Fisher 15, Bismarck-Henning 3. Kelcie Fredrickson struck out six and pitched a five-hitter as the Bunnies won in Bismarck to improve to 4-0. Emilee Schwing had four hits for Fisher. Lindsey Andrews was 3 for 3 for B-H.
■ Charleston 6, Danville 3. The visiting Trojans scored three runs in the top of the eighth to hand the Vikings a loss in their opener. Danville’s Alissa Peelman struck out 15 batters in a five-hitter.
■ Urbana 9, Westville 8. Kiara Moses’ run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the host Tigers (3-3) to the come-from-behind victory. Krista Broom had four hits and Makayla Perkins three hits for the Tigers. Westville’s Courtney Gabehart drove in three runs.
■ Rantoul 9, Schlarman 3. Harley Denny had three hits for the Eagles, who overcame a 2-0 deficit after three innings to win in Danville. Joslyn Dietzen and Taylor Reigel each had two hits for Schlarman.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 15, Villa Grove/Heritage 7. Macey Alexander had two hits for the Buffaloes (1-1). Micaela Childress hit a home run for VG/H.
■ Unity 10, Champaign Central 0. Unity’s Madison Routh struck out seven in a five-inning no-hitter. She issued one walk. The Rockets’ offense was led by Myla Stacy, who drove in four runs. Routh, Gracie Schweighart and Sydney Day all finished with two hits.
■ Watseka 13, Clifton Central 12. The Warriors never trailed but didn’t secure the victory until center fielder Morgan Hotaling caught a fly ball to end the game with the tying run at third base. Winning pitcher Taylor Bauer (12 strikeouts) and Devin Curry each had four hits. Colleen Suchy and Katie McTaggart had three hits apiece.
■ Tuscola 11, Neoga 1. Anna Watson had three hits and Tuscola teammates Karli Allen and Morgan Little finished with two hits as the Warriors won on the road. Allen hammered a two-run homer and finished with three RBI. Winning pitcher Erin Walker struck out 12 in a two-hit performance.
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13, Tri-Point 3. The Panthers broke a 3-3 tie by scoring the final 10 runs. PBL’s Zayna Flahaut (three runs) and Jessi Bergman (four RBI) were each 4 for 4. Winning pitcher Asti Hastings had two hits. Hastings (1-0) pitched a five-hitter on her home field.
■ Shiloh 11, Oakwood 1. Tori Stierwalt and Stephanie Deem each had two hits for Shiloh, which won a nonconference game on the road. Jessica Hunt (2-2) pitched a two-hitter.
■ Meridian 16, Cerro Gordo/Bement 3. Kristie Krigbaum had two doubles for the host Broncos.
■ St. Thomas More 15, Iroquois West 9. Tailere Keister scored three runs for the Raiders, who lost at home to St. Thomas More.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 7, Monticello 0. Aleyna Brunner scored a hat trick as the visiting Bulldogs (2-0) posted their second shutout. Teammate Morgan DeHaan was involved with three goals, two on assists. Catherine McHale had a goal and an assist. Tori Rolson posted her second shutout in goal. Monticello’s Hayley Rollin had 10 saves.
■ Centennial 0, Urbana Uni High 0. Defense was the order of the day in Champaign as neither team found the back of the net. Madeleine Nelson had six saves and Jia Curry-Bild four for the Illineks. Centennial’s Devin Kyler stopped the only shot she faced.
■ Urbana 2, Mattoon 1. Cora McQueen and Ellie England scored second-half goals for the Tigers, who evened their record at 1-1 with a win against the visiting Green Wave.
■ St. Thomas More 7, Judah Christian 0. Michaela Ward scored her fifth goal of the season and St. Thomas More teammates Randa Harshbarger (two), Eliza Kramer and Lexi Wallen scored their first career goals. Caroline Geubelle had three assists for the Sabers. Katie Gillette was a backline defender who helped the team to its first shutout in five matches.
In track & field
■ At Bismarck. Oakwood was the girls’ dual-meet winner, 105-41, but Bismarck-Henning junior Jessica Hall broke the school record in the shot put by 4 inches in her first outdoor meet. Her winning toss was 36 feet, 8 inches. She also won the discus and teammate Mary Bass swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Oakwood’s Makayla Gayler won the triple jump and 300 low hurdles, while Comet Shaina Andrews was triumphant in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
■ At Champaign. Josh Burton (400 and long jump) and Matt Justus (100 and 200) were two-event winners for Monticello, which posted a 104-42 dual-meet win over Central in Champaign. Isaac Kasten won the 800 and Corey White the 3,200 for the Maroons. In the girls’ meet, Central prevailed 74-53. The Maroons won three relays, with 800-meter winner Hannah Wright anchoring the victorious 3,200 relay.
■ At Watseka. Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s Vaughn Gentzler won both hurdles races in a five-school boys’ meet that the PBL boys won. PBL’s Nick Porter swept the distance races. Watseka’s Austin Kidwell won the long jump and the 200 meters. He placed second in the 100 meters to Cissna Park’s Devin Laubscher.
■ At Bloomington. Travis Tressler lost one game at No. 1 singles, helping St. Thomas More to a 6-3 win. Sabers who won in singles and doubles were Jesse Dankle and Colin Kelley.