Prep Roundup: Morris softball team loses on senior day
The Morris softball team lost on Monday afternoon at home on its senior day, dropping a 6-3 final to Ottawa.
Offensively for Morris, Lauren Severson was 2 for 3 and Morgan Akre, Laney Torkelson and Kellen Bernickus each had an RBI.
In the pitching circle, Akre threw two innings allowing four hits and striking out two. Erica Gualandi tossed five frames, allowing four hits and three earned runs.
"Offensively we had the table set a couple of times but couldn't capitalize," Morris coach Jen Lowery said. "We are getting there, just gotta connect when the time is right."
In a previous game, Morris lost to Beecher 2-1 in eight innings.
Gualandi was the losing pitcher going 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out one and walking none.
Maddy Feeney led Morris at the plate by going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Sydney Corrigan, Severson, Akre, Torkelson and Bernickus each had a hit.
Coal City 2,
The Coalers handed Manteno its first loss of the season on Monday.
Morgan Youskevitch was the winning pitcher. She had four strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
At the plate, Mady Bunton reached on an error, advanced to third when Madison Giordano reached on an error in the first. Giordano stole second with Bunton swiping the plate on the back end. Hannah Boresi then added an RBI single to complete the scoring.
Glenbard South 0
Caroline Brown had 10 strikeouts in recording the pitching victory.
Brown had a double and two singles at the plate while Geri Westehoff had a triple and Emily Wielbik two singles.
Bolingbrook 0, 5 innings
Morris won the non-conference game in five innings due to the run rule.
Tim Smyk was the winning pitcher. He went all five innings allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five.
Offensively for the Redskins, Jake Ruettiger was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI; Jake Wilson was 2 for 3 with a double, run scored and two RBI; Jake Capko was 2 for 3 with two doubles; Kenny Milosovic was 2 for 2 with a double and two runs scored and Grant Davis had the walk-off hit with a two-RBI single in the fifth.
"We were able to hit the ball early and then stick with it," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "We kept stringing good at-bats across the board and we had the hits to show for it. It's good to see that at this time of the season."
In the sophomore contest, Morris beat Bolingbrook 14-2. Eric Robinson picked up the pitching win for the Redskins with the defense turning a 4-2-5-4 triple play behind him in the fifth inning. Morris also turned two double plays.
Trevor Lines led the offensive attack with a 4 for 4 game, including three runs scored. Austin Conrod was 3 for 4 with four runs scored and Geno Persico was 2 for 4.
In an earlier doubleheader against Ottawa, the Morris sophomores lost 12-4 and won 4-3.
In the first game, Nick Evola was the losing pitcher and at the plate Kyle Hill was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Grant Schluntz, Matt Bernickus and John Struck each had a hit.
In the second game, Ricky Pelnarsh was the winning pitcher after going six innings. At the plate, Tim Smyk was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Brock Kukman also was 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. Lines recorded the save.
Coal City 5,
Manteno 4, 8 innings
Coal City got its 13th win in the last 14 games by beating Manteno in eight innings.
Brennan Shetina had three hits for the Coalers and Dominic Durando hit a solo home run in the second. He also scored the winning run in the eighth after singling. Nate Natyshok had an RBI single. Shetina executed a suicide squeeze in the eighth to score Durando.
"This was a well-played game by two quality teams. It was nice to see us execute like we did," Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said.
Coal City 8,
Alex Wills was the winning pitcher while Brandon Wills added the save. Alex worked 5 2/3 innings before giving way to his brother.
Coal City 10,
Brennan Shetina was the winning pitcher, getting his first varsity start. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.
On the day, Dominic Durando had six hits and a three-run homer, Dylan Hakey had three hits, including a homer, Cody Onsen had a two-run homer and Brandon Tidaback had two triples.
"We're playing well at the right time," Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said. "We are playing with a lot of confidence right now, up and down the lineup."
Shane Harty was the tough-luck loser for the Panthers. He went six innings allowing a hit and three walks while striking out nine.
"Shane pitched another terrific game. He gave up one hit, which happened to come in the inning we made two errors," GSW coach Jon Posing said. "You can't give a good team like Manteno extra opportunities. We were also very sloppy on the bases."
Brandon Riggi, Jeremy Kunz and Chris Lardi each had a hit at the plate.
The Trojans knocked off Seneca behind the pitching of Ben Trainor. He allowed five hits and walked three while striking out three.
At the plate, Jake Thomas and Troy hogan had three hits apiece. Alec Frazier had two hits and three RBI and Kiefer Kious and Karsen Kopmann had two hits each.
Plainfield North 8
Rudy Delaney was the winning pitcher for the Indians going the first four innings.
Colin Plese had three singles and two RBI at the plate for Minooka while Cole Thompson had a double, two singles and two RBI; Gavin Pfeiffer two singles and an RBI and JOnathan Vesper a double, single and two RBI.
TRACK AND FIELD
Area advances in 16 events
The Seneca track team advanced nine individuals to highlight the sectional weekend. The Lady Irish also won the 1A Seneca Sectional with 111 team points.
Alyssa Applebee advanced in three events — the pole vault, 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
The 3200 relay team of Rylee Anderson, Jessica Sapyta, Olivia Vangelisti and Caroline Collet qualified as a team and Anderson alone both the in the 800 and the high jump. Additionally, Cortney Helms qualified in the long jump, Madisen Warning in the pole vault, Rebecca Henry in the discus and Savannah Baldauf in the 3200.
Morris' Haleigh Knapp advanced in the high jump.
Minooka advanced three relay teams in the 4x800, 4x200 and 4x400 events. Individual Janile Rogers also will be headed to state in the triple jump.
Coal City 77,
Finishing first for Coal City were: Jonah Englert in the hurdles and 100; Colin Balzuweit in the mile; the 4x200 relay team of Ryan Horrie, A.J. Miller, Mike Steffes and Chad Kelly; Miller in the 400; Joe Scholtes in the 800; the 4x400 relay team of Horrie, Miller, Steffes and Kelly; Adam Breneman in the discus and Riley Kauzlaric in the high jump.
At the seventh grade level, Coal City firsts came from Kyle Cowherd in the hurdles, Kaleb Spreitzer in the mile, the 4x200 relay team, the 4x100 relay team, Christian Johnson in the 400, Clayton Cash in the 200, Sean Grabowski in the 800, the 4x400 relay; Ross Williams in the shot and Tyler Shirkey in the discus.