Saturday's prep highlights: Balanced offense carries PBL softball to first win

Saturday's prep highlights: Balanced offense carries PBL softball to first win

In baseball

Tuscola Triangular

Warriors' pitching thrives. Tuscola didn't allow a run in 14 innings, beating Eastland 6-0 and shutting out Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 6-0. Andrew Erickson threw 6 1 / 3 shutout innings, scattering eight hits, in Tuscola's win against Eastland. Tyler Meinhold (3 for 3, home run) and Noah Pierce (3 for 3, two RBI) sparked the Warriors' offense. Cale Sementi and Cade Kresin combined on the shutout against BHRA, with Brayden VonLanken, Jacob Craddock and Erickson all hitting home runs for Tuscola (16-2) in its ninth straight win. BHRA defeated Eastland 13-10, which saw the Blue Devils rally from a 10-0 deficit after three innings, taking the lead for good with a nine-run fifth inning. Colten Arford hit a home run, while Noah Jordan added three hits.

Nontournament

Blue Ridge 18, Cerro Gordo/Bement 0. Sam Duggins had himself a day for the host Knights, throwing a five-inning no-hitter and striking out 11 on the mound. At the plate, Duggins went 4 for 4, hitting an inside-the-park grand slam, and contributed six RBI in the nonconference win. Aaron Jayne added a three-run home run and finished with four RBI for the host Knights (7-8), who scored 10 runs in the third inning. Dane Houser got in on the fun, too, with two hits, an RBI and two stolen bases against the Broncos (0-8).

Champaign Central 5-6, Normal West 1-7. Joel Sarver threw a complete game and added two hits, while Hayden Cekander had two RBI and Zak Hartleb chipped in with two hits during the first game win by the host Maroons, which counted as a Big 12 victory. Sarver delivered two hits and Cekander drove in three runs during the second game — which was played as a nonconference game — but Normal West broke a 6-6 tie by pushing across a run in the seventh against Central (9-7) at McKinley Field.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6-8, South Newton (Ind.) 1-1. The host Panthers posted five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie in the first game before breaking away in the second game with five runs again in the sixth to earn a Sangamon Valley Conference sweep. Mason Ecker only allowed two hits and struck out nine in a complete-game effort during the first game for PBL, while Ben McClure (2 for 3, four RBI) led the Panthers (7-4) in their second game win.

In softball

Tuscola Invitational

Warriors win twice. Claire Ring went 2 for 2 with a grand slam to account for all four of her RBI during the host Warriors' 11-1 win in five innings against Oakwood. Ashtyn Clark and Isabelle Shelmadine each went 2 for 2 with two RBI to complement Ring at the plate. Kaitlyn Reifsteck only allowed two hits in five innings of work, with Kylie Neuman coming through with a double for Oakwood. Kerrigan Shafer had the lone RBI for the Comets (3-6), who also lost 15-1 to Casey-Westfield. Tuscola (13-3) defeated Sesser-Valier/Waltonville 9-3 in its second game, with Clark, Alexis Koester and Jackie Watson each driving in two runs in support of starter Ashton Smith, who struck out five and threw a complete game.

Nontournament

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13-14, South Newton (Ind.) 2-7. The visiting Panthers won their first two games of the season thanks to a Sangamon Valley Conference doubleheader sweep. Sindra Gerdes went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBI and Jolee Hastings drove in two runs for the Panthers in the first game, while Kelbie Hayden (2 for 2, RBI) and Maddy Foellner (2 for 5, RBI) also contributed multiple hits. Mallorie Ecker (3 for 4, three RBI, Baylee Cosgrove (3 for 4, RBI), Jaden Bender (2 for 4, two RBI) and CJ Nuckols (2 for 4, RBI) led the offense for PBL (2-6) in its second game win.

Springfield 10, Champaign Central 2. The host Maroons (1-4) lost despite two hits apiece from Rachel Burdette and Lauryn McArthur.

In girls' soccer

Panther Invitational

Chargers net two wins. Centennial defeated Rock Island 4-3 and Davenport (Iowa) West 2-0 but lost 3-0 to Byron in East Moline. Mary Woods recorded a hat trick for the Chargers against Rock Island, while Cassidy Strode had a goal and two assists. Strode added a goal and an assist against Davenport West, while Taylor Davis finished with two assists at the tournament for Centennial (5-6).

Nontournament

Mahomet-Seymour 5, Urbana 0. Maddy Wade scored two goals and had an assist, while Meredith Johnson-Monfort chipped in two goals for M-S (10-2) against the Tigers (2-8) in a match moved to Urbana's turf field because of rain.

St. Thomas More 7, Chillicothe IVC 0. Izzy Schmitt scored two goals for the Sabers (9-2) in a road Illini Prairie Conference win. Abbey Horn added two assists, Brianna Hopper collected her eighth shutout of the season and Amelia Johnson had her first career assist.

In track and field

At Urbana. The Rantoul boys' team tied for second at the 75th Urbana Open, the best finish by a local school at the nine-team meet. Jerry Harper won the 400-meter dash in 51.29 and Donnell Robertson claimed the title in the 110 hurdles in 15.66 for Rantoul's two individual wins. Kai Baumgartner of Champaign Central won the long jump (19 feet, 2 inches) and the triple jump (41-51 / 2) to help the Maroons finish sixth. Urbana placed fourth, with Jeremiah Hamilton winning the 200 (23.05), Justice Carter winning the 3,200 (10:15.54) and Micah Stearns winning the pole vault (12-0). Danville finished fifth, with Quemarii Williams in the 800 (1:55.39) and Sincere Davis in the 1,600 (4:34.04) winning their respective events.

In boys' tennis

At Champaign. Centennial went 1-2 on the day, beating Tinley Park Andrew 4-1, but losing 4-1 to Hononegah and 2-1 to Peoria Notre Dame at Atkins Tennis Center. Thomas Scaggs, Jung Bae and Tyler Tucker registered singles wins for the Chargers.

MATT DANIELS