Saturday's prep highlights: McCarty's no-hitter sparks SJ-O

Saturday's prep highlights: McCarty's no-hitter sparks SJ-O

In baseball

SJ-O Invitational

St. Joseph-Ogden 9, St. Teresa 0. Keegan McCarty pitched a gem for the Spartans in the first game of their own tournament, collecting 17 strikeouts and issuing just one walk for a complete-game no-hitter. Brayden Weaver's two-hit, two-RBI outing helmed the run support for McCarty on the mound, while Zach Martini added two hits and three runs.

St. Joseph-Ogden 7, Tri-Valley 1. With Drew Coursey and Sam Wesley combining to yield just one run, the Spartans (19-8-2) powered to their second win of the day behind two RBI from Wesley and a pair of hits each from Coursey and Kaden Jacobs. Blake Primmer also tallied a pair of runs.

Nontournament

Bloomington Central Catholic 2, Monticello 1. While Alek Bundy's triple drove in the first run for the Sages (14-7) in the seventh inning, giving up two runs in the third proved too costly in the Illini Prairie Conference road defeat. Asher Bradd and Jake Edmondson each had two hits for Monticello.

Champaign Central 10, Urbana 0. Graham O'Gorman tossed just 87 pitches, giving up just two hits and striking out seven, to guide the Maroons (20-8) to a shutout home win in Big 12 Conference play. Chris Wurl led a field of seven Central batters to plate a run, driving in two on two hits. Levi Coffey and Garrett Fraley each had hits for the Tigers (2-15).

LeRoy 6-10, Judah Christian 1-0. The Panthers (17-4) struck balance between their run-scoring and pitching to cruise to a doubleheader sweep of the Tribe (5-6) at home. Nick Perry and Bobby Spratt each collected two RBI in the opener to back up Mason Buckles' near-shutdown effort on the mound. Max Buckles then stepped up for three RBI in the second game, while Logan Petersen plated another two runs to seal the sweep.

Mahomet-Seymour 1-1, Mattoon 0-4. Kobe Essien and Ben Greenberger paired together for a shutout opener, but the Bulldogs (13-6-1) settled for a split after falling in the finale of the Apollo Conference doubleheader at home. Essien collected 12 strikeouts over eight innings in the opener, while Nate McFall plated across that game's winning run. Dawson Finch added an RBI early in the latter game, but M-S could not answer a pair of two-run innings late.

Oakwood 6, Cissna Park 1. Isaiah Ruch smacked a three-run homer in the first inning and Andy Hohn added two hits and two RBI to push the Comets to a big road victory in their first non-league game of the day. Ian Rogers went 3 for 3 for the Timberwolves, while Zane Pierce plated the lone run.

Oakwood 15, Hoopeston Area 6. The Comets (14-10) plated seven runs before the Cornjerkers managed to respond and cruised to their second win of the day, this one in Vermilion Valley Conference play. Elijah Harden went 4 for 5 at the plate with three doubles and three RBI, whileRuch plated three more runs. Max Conn tallied an RBI and stole a base for Hoopeston.

Hoopeston Area 12, Cissna Park 3. The Cornjerkers (12-17) pulled even on the day with a strong showing against the Timberwolves (13-12), as Lucas Hofer tallied three hits and three RBI and Graham Eighner added another three hits. Mario Renteria and Zane Pierce each tallied two hits for Cissna Park.

Peoria Richwoods 8-1, Centennial 6-4. The Chargers (14-11) gave up eight runs in the first three frames of their first game hosting their Big 12 foe, but they sprung back for a win in the second game to force a doubleheader split. Lucas Brown drove in three runs in the opener, while Samuel Flowers and Dayton Coleman each tallied pivotal RBI in Centennial's victory.

In softball

LeRoy 16-18, Iroquois West 1-1. Charly Warlow's outstanding day (3 for 3, five runs, five RBI, home run, two walks) keyed a blowout doubleheader home win for the Panthers (19-8), who also received quality, four-inning outings from Hailie Hahn and Kiera Spratt in the circle against the Raiders (0-22).

Lockport 11-17, Rantoul 8-0. The host Eagles (7-14) allowed five runs in the eighth inning that broke a 6-all tie to drop the opener, while their non-league foe blanked them in the finale to complete the sweep. Madisyn Walton homered in the first game and finished with two RBI, as did Bella Shields. Jerzie Grob and Madison Palmer each notched a hit in the second game.

Salt Fork 6, St. Joseph-Ogden 0. Jordan Jones tossed a four-hit complete game to help the Storm (17-5) win the non-league road game, while Kayleigh Davis doubled, homered and drove in three runs. Zoey Witruk tossed 13 strikeouts and allowed just one run over five innings for the Spartans (15-7), while Kaylee Ward collected two hits for the hosts.

Watseka 5, Hoopeston Area 0. A sixth straight victory for the host Warriors (12-8) arrived on the arm of Magan Harris, who contained the non-league foe to two hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts. Natalie Schroeder and Courtney Thompson each scored a run for Watseka, while Audra Funk and Raven Rutherford tallied hits for the visiting Cornjerkers (17-11).

In girls' soccer

Arthur Okaw Christian 8, Springfield Lanphier 0. Brooklyn Kelmel and Nancy Robey each netted hat tricks, while Amanda Franklin tallied two goals and an assists for the Conquering Riders (8-2) in a shutout home win over their non-league opponent.

Centennial 2, Mt. Zion 1. Olivia DeVriese booted in a pair of goals, both on assists from Cassidy Strode, while Jordan DeLuce made 10 saves in net for the Chargers (6-11-1) in nonconference road play.

Charleston 4, Urbana 2. Estefanny Ruiz and Jeslie Mounka each potted a late goal, but the Tigers (4-9-5) were unable to shave the deficit any closer in the nonconference road loss.

St. Thomas More 4, Olympia 2. Tatum DeVriese scored the first of four goals for the Sabers (12-8-2) and also tallied an assist in the non-league win. Noelle Schacht also added a goal and assist each.

JORDAN J. WILSON

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