Roundup: Morris pounds DeKalb to take season series
DEKALB — The Morris baseball team left no doubt Thursday in the Northern Illinois Big 12 series finale with DeKalb on Thursday.
The Redskins thumped the Barbs, 15-3, in five innings, improving to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference,
Austin Conrod led the offensive brigade, going 3 for 3 with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored. Tom Cheshareck had a triple, two RBIs and scored twice, while Grant Schluntz had a double, two RBIs and two runs. Trevor Lines chipped in with a two-run single. Tyler Bordner, Tim Smyk, and Geno Persico each had a double and an RBI, while Kyle Hill had a single and an RBI.
"We hit very well as a team today," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "If we can become more consistent with that down the stretch, then I like where we're heading. It was a nice way to finish the series."
Winning pitcher Cody Niewinski (4-0) went four innings, allowing three runs, two earned on four hits. He struck out three and walked two. Brock Kukman came on to throw a scoreless fifth.
"Cody got himself into a little trouble early, but settled in and threw a decent game," Kein said. "We gave away too many free bases early on, but I'm happy with how he responded, as the game went on."
JJC 4-5, College of Lake County 2-1: Josh Jimenez (Minooka) pitched a complete game (7 innings) and allowed just one earned run on six hits in the opener. Colton Trager, Ben Kirchler and Ron Sessler (Lockport) all had two hits, while Nick Fleishchauer (Minooka) had a two-run single in the fifth to give the Wolves the lead. In Game 2, Kevin Ruff (Minooka) allowed one earned run on seven hits to go with six strikeouts and no walks in the complete game win. Tyler Thorson (Minooka) was 2-for-3 and Matt Filkins (Lincoln-Way Central) was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Reed-Custer 13, Gardner-South Wilmington 1: Kylie King was 2 for 3 to lead the Panthers (11-5), while Paige Lardi had a double and scored a run. Lexi Posing and Sophie Barna were both 1 for 3. Losing pitcher Emily Foley struck out four.