Seneca girls track wins Irish Invitational
By a margin of more than 100 points, the host Seneca girls track and field team won big Friday night at the Irish Invitational, in which 15 teams were scored.
Irish winners were Willow Stuedemann in the 100 meters (12.73), the 200 meters (23.82) and the 400 meters (1:00.25), Lexi Grogan in the long jump (16-4), Brooke Larsen in the discus (104-9.5), the 4x100 relay team (53.76), the 4x200 relay team (1:53.73) and the 4x800 relay team of Sarah Cameron, Carina Collet, Lexi Bogren and Evan Bruno (10:35.8).
Pole vault champion Morgan Zacharias (12-8) and a championship 4x400 relay team (4:26.01) led Reed-Custer to a third-place girls finish. Dwight was fifth behind first-place finishes from Daly Galloway in the 3,200 run (11:39.99) and the 1,600 run (5:13.76). Coal City was 13th, with Rebecca Cash, Cheyenne Phillips and Lexi Pullara each contributing to two third-place relay finishes.
Seneca finished second to Plano in the boys meet. Fighting Irish individual champions were Ross McCormick in the 1,600 run (4:46.69) and the 3,200 run (10:07.73), Matt Johnson in the shot put (46-2) and Tommy Lovett in the 110 hurdles (15.9).
Fourth-place Dwight got first-place showings out of its relay teams in the 4x800 (8:46.65) and 4x400 (3:35.43). Nate Costello won the 800 run (2:01.59) and Billy Marquardt the pole vault (12-6) for Reed-Custer, which was fifth as a team. Matt Long won the discus (148-4.5) for Coal City, which finished ninth.
Morris 5, Geneseo 1: Cody Niewinski (2-1) pitched seven walk-free innings Saturday for the win, allowing an earned run on eight hits and striking out three. Offensively for Morris (7-4), Austin Conrod was 2 for 4 with a double and a run, Jake McDonald was 2 for 4 and Tyler Bordner, Tom Cheshareck, Kyle Hill and Grant Schluntz had hits.
Newark 13, FOFCA 5: Kevin Klock struck out eight in five innings and went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs in Game 1 Saturday for Newark (3-4). Ty Mulligan got the win in the second game, with Matt Eike and Mitch Schmidt each going 2 for 3 with a double, four RBIs and 3 runs.
Cody Blan tripled and scored for Families of Faith Christian Academy (1-3) in the first game. In the second game, Stephen Bestler, Josiah Blan and Cameron Latour had 2 hits apiece.
Hinckley-Big Rock 3
Eike, Mulligan and Zach Ward had two hits each for Newark (1-3 in the Little Ten Conference) Friday. Austin Pagel got the win in relief.
Brendan Elens pitched 7 innings for the win Friday, allowing no earned runs and fanning 5. Jordan Wilkey had 2 hits and Jack Davidson had the only RBI for the Gardner-South Wilmington (4-4) offense.
Chris Peck homered and had 3 RBI and Peter Hansen struck out 13 in 6 innings for the win for Dwight (6-6) in Game 1 Saturday. Karsen Kopmann contributed a grand slam among his 4 hits in the second game.
Peter DeBartolo went 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBI and Tyler Talbot pitched 6 innings, striking out 10, for the win Saturday for Minooka (5-0).
Seneca ‘Swinging for the Cure’ tournament
The Lady Irish (9-3) went 2-1 Saturday, finishing second to Putnam County. They defeated Somonauk 5-3 in their first game, with Rachel Sangston pitching for the win, Taylor Vandenberg hitting safely twice with an RBI and Jenni Nugent homering. A Vandenberg 2-run home run highlighted a 6-5 Seneca loss to Putnam County in its second game. In Game 3, the Lady Irish defeated Mendota 9-2 as Sarah Radtke hit 2 home runs, a double and had 4 RBI and Sangston got the win, improving to 8-0.
Reed-Custer 5, 8 innings
Karlie Cade’s walk-off single scored Paige Hacker with 2 outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday for Seneca (1-0 in the Interstate Eight Conference). Sangston pitched all 8 innings for the win and had 2 hits, and Nugent homered.
Lincoln-Way West 7
Caty Bell homered both leading off the game and in walk-off fashion for Minooka (8-4) Friday. Marisa Burns was 3-for-4, Caroline Brown homered and Alexa Zito pitched for the win.
Hinckey-Big Rock 3, 5 innings
Kelsea Zitt went 3-for-4 with 6 RBI for the Lady Norsemen on Friday. Shelby Hoddy (2-1) was the winning pitcher.
Kylie King went 2-for-3 with a run and Maranda Residori hit a 3-run homer for GSW Friday. Emily Foley (4-3) allowed only 1 earned run and walked none but took the loss.