Saturday's prep highlights: Maroons dominate Springfield Invitational

Saturday's prep highlights: Maroons dominate Springfield Invitational

In baseball

Centennial 3-7, Normal Community 1-17.

The host Chargers (13-6) knocked across two runs in the fifth inning of the day's first game to take a win before their Big 12 Conference foe sprung back to force a doubleheader split. Quinton Murphy doubled in a pair of runs to key a win in the opener and added another double in the second tilt, but Centennial was outdone offensively in the rematch, despite Kendall Green's 2-for-3 outing at the plate with two RBI.

Cissna Park 16, Hoopeston Area 13. The Timberwolves stormed back with a nine-run fifth inning at home to start their day with a nonconference win, receiving a triple, home run and two RBI from Keegan Boyle. Rudy King (three RBI) and Ian Rogers (two RBI) also notched two-hit days for C-P, while Kamerin Cade went 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Cornjerkers.

Milford 4-13, Watseka 2-2. The Bearcats (10-5) nabbed a pair of wins in a doubleheader at the Warriors (5-11), taking a seventh-inning lead to win the opener before their offense got rolling early in the finale in non-league action. Tanner Sobkoviak capped a two-RBI first game by knocking across the go-ahead run on a single, while Klaytin Hunsinger went 3 for 3 with two runs and four RBI to key a Milford victory in the second game. Brock Horner tallied a hit in each game for Watseka.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 20, Hoopeston Area 1. The Panthers dealt the Cornjerkers (7-14) their second loss of the day behind a big outing from Keyn Humes (3 for 3, home run, three runs, three RBI) in nonconference play. Brett Giese also drove in three runs on two hits for PBL, while Lucas Hofer notched the only hit for Hoopeston.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 16, Cissna Park 0. Keyn Humes opened with his second home run of the day, while Mason Ecker supplied 3-of-3 hitting with three RBI to lead the Panthers (14-5) to a Sangamon Valley Conference road win. Tommy Quinn allowed just four hits and tossed nine strikeouts to silence the Timberwolves (11-8), who again got hits from Keegan Boyle and Ian Rogers.

Peoria Notre Dame 4-2, Champaign Central 1-6. After dropping the first game of the day, the Maroons (14-7) battled their Big 12 opponent to a doubleheader split at home. Chris Wurl's run-scoring single in the opener plated the lone run, but Central's offense came alive for a pair of opening-frame runs in the latter game to take a quick lead. Cole Jones went 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Connor Milton added two runs and an RBI triple.

St. Joseph-Ogden 2-6, Chillicothe IVC 1-8. Kaden Jacobs knocked home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for the Spartans (15-6-2) to cap a two-hit game, but SJ-O fell short of a doubleheader sweep and dropped the finale in Illini Prairie Conference road action. Sam Wesley (2 for 3, two RBI) led the effort in the latter tilt, while Adam Rose and Crayton Burnett each hit twice.

St. Teresa 20, Cerro Gordo/Bement 14. Tyler Joplin recorded two hits, including a double, to drive in four runs for the Broncos (5-8), who couldn't keep pace with their nonconference foe's offense in a home loss. Jesse Quick also notched two runs and two RBI.

Taylorville 5-0, Mahomet-Seymour 3-12. The Bulldogs (11-5-1) surrendered a trio of runs late to drop the opener of their home doubleheader in Apollo Conference action before storming back for a high-scoring shutout to split the day. Nate McFall doubled twice and drove in a run in M-S' loss, then went 3 for 3 — once again doubling twice — with three runs and two RBI in the finale. Jordan Veldman tripled and finished 3 for 3 with four runs and an RBI.

Urbana 7, Peoria Richwoods 3. The Tigers snatched their first win of the season in Big 12 play out in Peoria behind two triples, four runs and four RBI from Jordan Smith. Andrew Mancuso also doubled twice to power the visitors.

Urbana 14, Peoria 12. Jordan Smith again proved to be a spark for the Tigers (2-10), who picked up their second Big 12 road win of the day behind Smith's 3-for-3 outing that included a two-run homer. Braden Rudicil also fired a two-run shot in addition to picking up a save on the mound.

In softball

Leroy Tournament

LeRoy 11, Havana 2. Charly Warlow went 3 for 4 at the plate and joined Tiffany Bargmann and Molly White in driving in two runs apiece, as the Panthers raced to a win in their first of two games on the day. Hailie Hahn gave up just two earned runs on seven hits in the ring, striking out five over seven innings of work.

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 17, Havana 0. Shelby Frederick helped the Knights opened tournament play strong, pitching a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks while also supplying a first-inning home run and team-high five RBI. Molly Day and Makenzie Brown each also homered, with the latter tallying four RBI.

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 8, LeRoy 0. Marissa Herschberger notched a two-hit, two-run outing that featured a solo home run, while Shelby Frederick plated two runs to help the Knights (13-6) to the day's second win. But Makenzie Brown's one-hitter proved to be the gem for ALAH, fanning 15 batters over seven shutout inings. The Panthers (12-8), in their second game of the day, got their lone hit from Danielle Bogle.NontournamentBloomington 11, Champaign Central 1.Taylor Cribbett fired a one-out solo home run in the first inning, but the Maroons (4-7) were unable to answer an offensive barrage and fell in Big 12 Conference road action.

Blue Ridge 19, Decatur Eisenhower 4. Avery Place drove in a team-high five runs on two hits, including a home run, while Jasmine Bennett added three RBI to pace the Knights (10-6) to a blowout road win in nonconference play. Elise Swanstrom also added two hits.

Danville 18, Peoria 0. A trio of Vikings pitchers combined to one-hit their Big 12 foe, while Saige Keller plated a team-high four RBI in the home win for Danville (6-4). Allie Thurston added a 3-for-4 hitting effort with three runs and two RBI. Karli Johnson also tallied three runs.

Fisher 16, Okaw Valley 1. The Bunnies sprinted to a four-inning home win to start their day, as Taylor May's 4-for-4 performance yielded two runs and a team-high five RBI. Sydney Eichelberger held the non-league foe to just one run on three hits with five strikeouts, while she also provided two RBI at the plate.

Fisher 14, Westville 2. The Bunnies (14-6) went on the road for their second tilt of the day, but the offense shined just as brightly in a nonconference win over the Tigers (3-11). Lauren Sommer homered and finished with two runs and RBI each for Fisher, while Emilie Eller and Erin Toole each drove in a run for Westville.

Mahomet Seymour 15-16, Taylorville 0-0.The Bulldogs (12-6) connected for 31 hits across their doubleheader road sweep in Apollo Conference action, staking Aubrie Shore and Karley Yergler to shutout victories in the ring. Shore tossed four innings of one-hit ball with 11 strikeouts in the opener, while Yergler gave up six hits over five frames, fanning 10 in the finale. Each pitcher supported the other, too, as each notched three RBI while the other was pitching.

Milford/Cissna Park 2-4, Watseka 1-10. The Bearcats (9-5) plated the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to take the first tilt of their road doubleheader, but the host Warriors (7-8) cut loose for 10 runs over the first three innings to take the finale and split the day. Kaylee Warren (2-for-3, one RBI) delivered for Milford at the plate in the opener, while also tossing seven strikeouts in the circle to earn a complete-game win. But Magan Harris (two runs, three RBI) and Kennedy Bauer (two runs, two RBI) propped up Watseka in the finale, with the pair also combining in the ring to allow just three earned runs and toss eight strikeouts.

In girls' soccer

Herscher 9, Centennial 0. Jordan DeLuce made five saves for the Chargers (3-8-1), who were unable to dent the twine in a shutout home loss in non-league action.

Limestone 2, Judah Christian 1. Sa'kinah Williams made 21 stops in the net, while Linda Jancola booted in a goal on a feed from Michelle Miller, but the Tribe (8-6-3) were bested on the road.

Mahomet-Seymour 7, Champaign Central 1. Mackenzie Moore and Maddy Wade each netted a pair of goals, while Cayla Koerner tallied two assists for the Bulldogs (15-1) in their dominant road victory over the Maroons (6-5-1) in nonconference play.

In track and field

At Champaign. Mahomet-Seymour claimed victory in a third of the 18 events at the Champaign Central Invite, as a two-win day from Lakeida Nichols (100-, 200-meter dash) led the way. Elizabeth Sims (1,600 run), Sylvia Byron (100 hurdles) and Mara Pletcher (pole vault) also claimed individual wins for the Bulldogs. A trio of relay wins went to Centennial, which saw the team of Sifa Mondika, Folashade Owojori, Emme Pianfetti and Livi Wilson win both the 400 and 800 relays. Shannon Tang and Maaike Niekerk went 1-2 in the 3,200 run to pace the host Maroons.

In boys' tennis

At Springfield. Champaign Central emerged from the Springfield Invitational with a sweep in all three doubles championships as well as wins in four of six singles championships. Gus Rossow and KJ Munroe won 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 doubles spot, while the pairs of Will Shinew and Nick Gunn (6-2, 6-2) and Ethan Gulley and Brayden Helfer (6-4, 6-7, 10-7) also posted victories. Gunn (6-1, 6-0), Rossow (6-3, 6-0), Shinew (6-2, 6-3) and Lalit Gurrapu (6-1, 6-4) finished up as singles champions as well for the Maroons.

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