The Cardinals took a quick one to nothing first inning lead and added two in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth. The Thunder scored a run in the second, one in the third and added five more in the fifth but could get no closer. The two teams combined for twenty one hits and seven home runs. West Carroll starting pitcher Joe Sullivan took the loss, giving up nine runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out eight Forreston/Polo hitters. Nick Ludwig took the win for the Cardinals with Robert Cornelius pitching the final two innings to earn the save. On offense, Chris Sander led Forreston/Polo going two for three with a pair of home runs and three runs batted in. Ludwig and Brysen Vietmeier added home runs for the Cardinals. Brian Gilbert went three for four for West Carroll with a home run and teammate Josh Sullivan added two round trippers.
“First of all, I was very proud of my boys,” said Thunder coach Kamper, “We played hard, even down ten to two and came back to within three runs. We left eleven runners on base. Second, Good luck to Forreston and Coach Zick, they are a very good ball club and are very well coached. Lastly, a high school game should not be played at that baseball field, it is a joke. Home runs were hit in this game and none were much more than routine fly balls. It really took away from the game when a 260 foot fly ball was a home run.”
Morrison 8 Erie/Prophetstown 6
Forreston/Polo 4 Port Byron/Riverdale 3
Morrison 10 Forreston/Polo 7
Mustangs Jacob Tegeler and Andy Schaver confer during the seventh inning of the Regional championship game against Forreston-Polo. Shaver went 2-for-3, had 1 RBI, and scored 2 runs in the 10-7 win.
The Mustangs took a four to nothing first inning lead with the Cardinals coming back with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Morrison responded with another three runs in the bottom half of the second to take a seven to two lead. Forreston/Polo scored a run in the top of the third on a Chris Sander solo homer to make it seven to three. Morrison scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to open the lead to nine to three before the Cardinals came back with four sixth inning runs on Sanders’ second home run of the game, this one a bases loaded homer to make it nine to seven.
The Mustangs added their final run of the game in the bottom half of the sixth. Brandon Neighbour started the game for the Mustangs, going four innings and allowing three runs on four hits. Alex Fischbach and Andy Schaver relieved with Fischbach going two innings and surrendering four runs on four hits while Schaver pitched a scoreless seventh.
Nick Ludwig started for the Cardinals, going four and two thirds innings, giving up nine runs on thirteen hits before being relieved by Jake Groom and Adam Akins. Alex Volckman was three for four at the plate for Morrison with three runs scored. Jacob Tegeler, Blake Blean and Schaver were all two for three. Sander was two for four with two home runs and five RBI’s for the Cardinals.
Shortstop Danny Wilis makes a bare-handed play at Saturday’s West Carroll Regional finals in Thomson. The Class 2A Morrison Sectional semifinal pits Morrison (25-7) vs. Richmond-Burton, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.
Morrison advances to play in their own sectional beginning Wednesday, May 23rd where they face Richmond-Burton at 5 p.m. The second game features the Rock Falls Rockets playing the Winnebago Indians at 7:30. The sectional championship game takes place on Saturday, May 26th at 11 a.m.
Class 2A Baseball Sectional
1-Morrison vs. Richmond-Burton – 5 p.m.
2-Winnebago vs. Rock Falls – 7:30 p.m.
Game #1 winner vs. game #2 winner – 11 a.m.
Class 2A Baseball Super Sectional
At Rock Island
Monmouth-Roseville sectional winner vs. Morrison sectional winner – 12 noon
Class 1A Baseball Regionals
AFC 6 Amboy 3
Eastland 26 LaMoille 0 (5 Inn.)
Fulton 10 Milledgeville 0
The Steamers scored in each inning except the second to take the five inning, ten run victory. Fulton hammered out thirteen hits off Missile starter Zach Herin and reliever Kyle Groen to post the win. The Steamers sent two runs across the plate in the first, added one in the third, one in the fourth and piled on six more runs in the fifth. The Missiles managed just a pair of hits in the game, a single by Devin Biller in the Missile first and a Blake Kappes base hit in the second inning. Fulton second baseman Weston Jones led the Steamer offense, going four for four with two runs scored and one run batted in. First baseman Jace Williams added two hits, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Steamer starting pitcher Ryan Beiermann took the victory, walking three while striking out eight. He was also two for two at the plate with a run scored and three runs driven in. Milledgeville’s Zach Herin took the pitching loss.
Sterling Newman 7 AFC 0
Eastland 7 Fulton 2
Sterling Newman 1 Eastland 0
The Cougars Tyler Giedd delivers a pitch to a Sterling Newman batter Saturday morning in the championship game of the Fulton regional. Giedd walked four and fanned nine Comet batters in the contest.
Eastland’s Devin Hartman shows the baseball to the umpire after putting a late tag on Sterling Newman’s Michael Burke at second base in the fourth inning. Burke came around to score the games only run as Collin McGinn singled him home. The Comets held on to take the 1-0 win. (PA photos/Craig Lang)
The Comets Ryan Olson and the Cougars Tyler Giedd were locked in a classic pitcher’s duel on Saturday in the championship game of the Fulton regional. When the smoke cleared it would be Olson and the Comets coming out on top to take the narrow 1-0 victory to advance to Wednesday’s Le-Win sectional.
Neither team could generate any offense as both pitchers and their respective defenses held the opponent in check. Sterling Newman finally broke through in the fourth with the only run in the ball game as Collin McGinn singled in pinch runner Michael Burke.
From there it was all Comet pitcher Olson as he mowed down Cougar hitters one after another. He finished the game with his third no-hitter of the season, walking four and fanning fifteen Eastland batters. Giedd allowed four Sterling Newman hits while striking out nine Comet hitters.
With the victory, the Comets move on to play in the Le-Win sectional where they face the Somonauk Bobcats in game two at 6:45 p.m. The first game pits the Le-Win Panthers against the Freeport Aquin Bulldogs at 4 p.m
Class 1A Baseball Sectional
1-Le-Win vs. Freeport Aquin – 4 p.m.
2-Somonauk vs. Sterling Newman – 6:45 p.m.
Game #1 winner vs, game #2 winner – 11 a.m.
Class 1A Baseball Super Sectional
At Lisle (Benedictine University)
Putnam County sectional winner vs. Le-Win sectional winner – 11 a.m.
Class 1A Softball Regionals
Sterling Newman 2 Fulton 0
Lady Missile Carli Hunter crosses the plate with one of Milledgeville’s ten runs during Tuesday’s regional softball action at EHS. The Lady Missiles ended Sterling Newman’s season with the 10-0 six inning victory.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
Milledgeville 10 Sterling Newman 0 (6 Inn.)
The Lady Missiles offense pounded out fifteen hits off Newman pitcher Laura Turnroth and scored in all but two innings to take the ten run, six inning win. Milledgeville scored two runs in the first, three in the third, four in the fifth and a final run in the sixth. The Lady Comets managed just two hits off Lady Missile pitcher Emily Bush, singles by Jaime Hurd and Marie Oswalt. Bush walked two and fanned seven to earn the victory. On offense, Kaleigh Leddy went three for three for the Lady Missiles with two runs scored and three RBI’s. Jolee Parks, Kelsey Hayen and Jestine Imel all were two for three. Taylor Grenoble was two for four with a run scored.
Eastland 7 Pearl City 4
Lady Cougar Marissa Harris delivers a pitch to a Pearl City hitter during Tuesday’s regional action in Lanark. Eastland took the 7-4 win over the Lady Wolves to give them the victory, and hurled a complete game four-hitter in Eastland’s 4-0 loss to the Milledgeville Lady Missiles on Saturday. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Lady Cougars jumped out to a five to nothing third inning lead and held on
to defeat the Lady Wolves by three runs setting up a championship match up with Milledgeville. Pearl City scored two runs in the fourth and added two more runs in the sixth on just two hits in the game, a single by Jenna Canon and a two base hit by Laura Melville. Melville also had two runs batted in. Marissa Harris took the win in the pitcher’s circle for Eastland while Pearl City’s Korissa Blasing suffered the loss. The Lady Cougars Delanie Giedd went two for two with a double and two RBI’s and teammate Carli Snider was also two for three with two runs batted in.
Milledgeville 4 Eastland 0
Your Milledgeville Lady Missiles, IHSA Class 1A Eastland Regional Softball Champions, their 5th regional title in 7 years. Coached by former Eastland record-setting pitcher Sarah Spears (Martz), junior ace Emily Bush threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 while walking only one. Senior Brandie Gelwicks scored 2 runs in the 4-0 victory. (PA photo/T. Kocal)
The Lady Missiles scored a run in the first, added two in the third and a final run in the fifth while Emily Bush tossed a one-hitter to give Milledgeville the four run win.
Only one of Milledgeville’s four runs was earned as the Lady Cougars committed three errors. The Lady Missiles Courtney Swalve had the only run batted in with a two base hit. Brandie Gelwicks added a triple and scored two of Milledgeville’s four runs.
Bush picked up the victory, walking none and striking out thirteen Eastland hitters. Delanie Giedd had the lone Lady Cougar hit.
Marissa Harris took the pitching loss, going the distance and walking five while striking out ten Milledgeville batters.
The Eastland sectional begins Wednesday afternoon with the first game matching up the Lady Broncos from Orangeville against Milledgeville at 4:30 with the second game match up between the Le-Win Lady Panther and the Amboy Lady Clippers at 7 p.m.
After a lead-off single and a walk, Milledgeville’s first baseman, Emily Bush (21) steals third base in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The ball got past Eastland 3rd baseman Bryce Shaner (22), allowing Bush to score, giving the Lady Missiles a 2-0 lead.
(PA photo/T. Kocal)
Class 1A Softball Sectional
1-Orangeville vs. Milledgeville – 4:30 p.m.
2-Amboy vs. Le-Win – 7 p.m.
Game #1 winner vs. game #2 winner – 11 a.m.
Class 1A Softball Super Sectional
Eastland sectional winner vs. Serena sectional winner – 3 p.m.
The Lady Hawks lead was just two to one going into the fifth inning. Oregon plated two runs in the fifth, five in the sixth and two in the seventh to take control. West Carroll countered with two in the fifth and added two in the seventh. Each team hammered out ten hits. Jordan Melville took the pitching win for Oregon, walking two and striking out eight Lady Thunder batters. Bree Tourtillot led the Lady Hawk offense, going two for three with a two run homer and three runs batted in. Audrey Francke went two for two at the plate for the Lady Thunder and teammates Kim Durward, Allison Thulen and Ieshia Larson all were two for four. Thulen and Larson each had doubles and Francke and Tygan Cole both had three base hits. “Oregon did a better job of using their opportunities than we did tonight,” said West Carroll coach Mathey, “They hit much better than they did when we played them earlier in the year.”
Forreston/Polo 11 Oregon 1
Stillman Valley 2 Byron 0
Stillman Valley 1 Forreston/Polo 0
Rock Falls Regional
Bureau Valley 4 Erie/Prophetstown 3 (9 Inn.)
Rock Falls 1 Bureau Valley 0
Morrison 3 Port Byron/Riverdale 1
Rock Falls 8 Morrison 2
Rock Falls freshman pitcher Michaela Ward held the defending Class 2A state champion Fillies to just two runs while her teammates provided her with all the offense she’d need as the Lady Rockets claimed the six run win in the championship game of the Rock Falls regional on Saturday. Rock Falls sent three runs across the plate in the third and added three more in the fourth to take control. Cheyenne Burnette had two hits and three RBI’s for Rock Falls while teammate Lindsey Brown added two hits and two runs batted in.
Rock Falls improves their record to 29-8 on the season and will meet the Lady Grey Ghosts from Illinois Valley Central in game two of the West Carroll sectional on Wednesday afternoon at 7 p.m. The Fillies end their fine season with a record of twenty four wins against ten losses.
Class 2A Softball Sectional
At West Carroll
1-Sherrard vs. Stillman Valley – 4:30 p.m.
2-IVC vs. Rock Falls – 7 p.m.
Game #1 winner vs. game #2 winner – 11 a.m.
Class 2A Softball Super Sectional
Genoa-Kingston sectional winner vs. West Carroll sectional winner – 5 p.m.
15th Annual ‘Jim Shaw All-Star Classic’
The 15th annual “Jim Shaw All-Star Classic” basketball games will again be hosted by Eastland High School on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The event is being sponsored by WCCI Radio 100.3 FM and the Northwest Illinois Sports Hall of Fame organization.
The girl’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the boy’s game to follow. Admission for adults is $4.00 and admission for children will be $2.00.
The classic is named in honor of local grocer Jim Shaw, (1945-2007), who was born in Savanna, IL. He attended St. John’s grade school and Savanna High, graduating in 1963. He was a junior varsity ninety-five pound wrestler for Savanna High. After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he returned to a lifetime meat-cutting career, still cutting meat in his Mt. Carroll store in the last weeks of his life. At one time, he owned as many as four area grocery stores.
Jim was both a sports fan and a high school sports fan, often remarking in jest that, “You show me a quitter in football and I’ll show you a loser in life.” Since he had both kinds of kids in his family, players and fans, he always liked to have fun with the old “coach-isms.” His sense of humor made him fun to be around and he was the most generous person we know. He worked hard, lived and loved each and every day. His family thanks the Hall of Fame committee for this honor.
The North girl’s squad will be coached by River Ridge/Scales Mound coaches Brian Wurster, Dave Wiegel and Jordan Williams. Players on the North squad are: Aleisha Handel from West Carroll; Kaitlyn Pleau, Megan Altfillisch, Nikki Dubord and Tori Soat from River Ridge/Scales Mound; Emily Herbst and Nicole Hayes from East Dubuque; Jaci Lawfer and Sam Magee from Stockton and Danica Balbach from Warren.
The South squad will be coached by Pearl City coaches, Mike Lee, Molly Anderson and Todd Fransen. The South squad includes: Kayla Barnes, Abbey Grisham and Marissa Harris from Eastland; Brandie Gelwicks from Milledgeville; Tyler Fuller and Morgan Ammon from Morrison; Ketarah DeVries, Emily Korf and Hannah Curry from Forreston; Alex Downs from Pearl City and Hannah Dykstra from Fulton Unity.
The North boy’s squad will be coached by Le-Win coaches Dennis Huttenlocher and Ryan Hahne. The North squad players include: Chase Wilhelms and Tyler Giedd from Eastland; River Ridge’s Ryan Merkle; Adam Werhane and Ryan Wybourn from Le-Win; East Dubuque’s Jason Schneider; Dalton Montgomery from Galena; Greg Cox from Scales Mound; Stockton’s Jared Hess and Cole Schamberger and Blake Freese from Warren.
The South squad will be coach by West Carroll’s Josh Knuth and Ron Bull. The South squad includes: Milledgeville’s Mitchel Rahn and Kyle Groen; West Carroll’s Brady Edwards, Eric Naples, Jason Bacero and Joe Sullivan; Jason Kurth from Pearl City; Bill Bos from Morrison; Forreston’s Tanner Bronkema and Cody Whitehead, Eric Renkes from Fulton and Fulton Unity’s Jonathan Rasmussen. Honorary coaches will include: North girls, Jared Deutsch of East Dubuque; South girls, Tin Thill from Pearl City; North boys, Bing Wells from Le-Win and South boys, Jerry Beiderman of West Carroll.