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The Roundup, April 13, 2024: Win streaks snapped, big numbers put up in big Saturday of Central Illinois high school sports

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Pekin's Bella Benassi bats in a game against Pleasant Hill. Jonathan Michel/Clutch Sports Media

Saturday’s weather allowed for a great day for any sport taking place across the area and the fields, tracks, and courts were full of action. 

Dunlap and Richwoods won baseball doubleheaders while Normal Community came out on the opposite of theirs, bringing their 15-game win streak to open the season to a close. Pekin and Eureka pulled out one-run victories in softball, among many other highlights. Morton’s win over Richwoods was the big story from girls soccer with four other area teams being victorious.

A heavy dose of track and field saw strong showings from Normal U-High, Pekin, Normal Community, Bloomington Central Catholic, and Peoria High. Lacrosse and tennis wrapped up Saturday’s schedule of games. 

Check out the scores, recaps and top performers from Saturday below in The Roundup!

In baseball

Peoria Notre Dame 15, Pekin 4: The bats for PND (8-3, 5-1 Big 12) came alive for 11 runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings to beat Pekin (3-10, 0-3 Mid-Illini). The Irish’s top of the order did major damage with Bryton Blackford going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs while Lawson Alwan went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBIs. Dominic Kouri and Jackson Campbell both added two RBIs. Pekin scored three of its four runs via the long ball, a two-run shot from Keegan Busby and a solo homer from Nolan Schaefer.

Bradley-Bourbonnais 8, Normal Community 6: Normal Community’s storied 15-game win streak to open the season came to an end against fellow Class 4A powerhouse Bradley-Bourbonnais after a five-run sixth for the Boilermakers. Anthony Gura led the Ironmen in the hitting department with two hits and two RBIs while Lucas Drengwitz and Dexter Niekamp both brought in a run. Lucas Klunke gave Community 4.1 strong innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Bradley-Bourbonnais 8, Normal Community 5: The Ironmen (15-2, 5-0 Big 12) kept at it with multiple comeback attempts but couldn’t get over the hump in their second game against Bradley-Bourbonnais, who out-hit them 11-9. Normal Community hit five doubles, including one from Ben Schwiegert that drove home two runs. Drew Stevens and Colin Kearfott both had two-hit games in the loss. 

IVC 11, Bloomington Central Catholic 3: BCC (8-4, 2-3 Illini Prairie) struck first with three in the first but IVC (11-5, 3-1) had the last laugh after a scoring outburst the rest of the way. Mason Marchand drove in two with two triples while four other Grey Ghosts had doubles. Ryan Adler posted a line of two hits, three runs and two RBIs for IVC while CK Witte went six innings on the mound with six strikeouts and two walks. Bennett Summers led the Saints with two hits.

Dunlap 19, Ottawa 0: Dunlap put up an eye-opening 12 runs in the second inning and blew out Ottawa in non-conference play. Christian Ferrari and Jackson Newton led the Eagles with three RBIs apiece while Jaxon Tresenriter, Davis Weeks, Eli Michanicou, and Dante Frantz joined in on the fun with two RBIs each. Frantz picked up the win with four K’s in three shutout innings. Despite the gaudy runs total, twelve of Dunlap’s 14 hits were singles.

Dunlap 5, Ottawa 0: The Eagles (14-2, 3-0 Mid-Illini) had a much quieter win in their second game against Ottawa but Jackson Newton, Andrew Nava, Christian Ferrari and Luke Digiallanardo combined to no-hit the Pirates in the four-inning game. Gabe Munoz and Josh Diver both had a pair of hits for Dunlap with Munoz driving in two and stealing a pair of bases. 

Washington 14, Streator 4: A seven-run fifth inning was a big difference for Washington (10-2, 4-0 Mid-Illini) rolling in its sixth straight game. Carter Prina went for three two-baggers and three RBIs, matching the RBI total of Braden Vanderheydt, who had two doubles and scored two runs. Kaden Griswold and Tate Hall both brought in a pair of runs. Prina also earned the win on the mound with no earned runs and six strikeouts in five innings. 

Richwoods 15, Danville 0: Richwoods rolled over Danville by scoring at least three in each of the game’s four innings. Bryce Hopkins and Sam Schwartz both hit two-run dingers for the Knights and Ryne Waller led the squad with two doubles, a single and four RBIs while also taking care of the pitching with six strikeouts and no free passes allowed in four innings. Ryan Wittekiend and Tanner Wieland both brought in a pair as well. 

Richwoods 11, Danville 1: Richwoods (6-7, 3-3 Big 12) was able to take a convincing sweep over Danville after an unrelenting hitting performance. Elijah Barksdale, Cameron Hayes and Jarek Quinn all drove home two runs while Ryne Waller (3-4, RBI, 2 R) and Ryan Wittekiend (3-4, RBI, R) contributed to the cause as well. Quinn had a homer and Tanner Wieland threw 2.2 scoreless innings as well for the Knights. 

Delavan 3, Dee-Mack 0: A cohort of five Delavan pitchers combined to hold Dee-Mack to two hits as the Panthers also got two RBIs from Wyatt Pierson on a double. Keegan Nafziger put together a three-hit day for Delavan as well. Dee-Mack’s Parker Eggenberger spun a good game on the mound with six strikeouts, one walk and one earned run in five innings. 

Illini Bluffs 13, Henry-Senachwine 1: Josh Vaughn mowed 16 batters down via strikeouts and Illini Bluffs (7-4, 1-2 Inter-County) left no-doubt against Henry-Senachwine. The Tigers hurler allowed just one hit and walked two in the effort. At the plate, Brendan Bacon had a big day with a triple, home run and three RBIs while Nick Swanson brought home three via a double. 

Brimfield/Elmwood 7, Illini West 4: The Indians (10-1, 3-1 ICAC) never trailed against a solid Illini West group, using three runs in the seventh as necessary insurance for the win. Landon Binder led Brimfield/Elmwood by going 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a home run. Brady Sumner and Layne Johnson both tallied three hits, an RBI and a run with Johnson taking the win on the mound with four strikeouts in four innings. Drew Kieser had a three-inning save for the Indians.

Fieldcrest 4, Putnam County 2: Fieldcrest (5-5, 3-1 HOIC) is officially on a hot streak after defeating Putnam County for its third straight win. Layton Gerdes and Jordan Heider both had a single and double for the Knights, who were led in RBIs by Lucas May with two. Tyler Serna threw six strong innings with two runs allowed and four strikeouts before Drew Overocker came on for the save. 

GCMS 6, Tremont 5: Tremont (4-7, 2-2 HOIC) put together a valiant comeback attempt after going down 5-1 in the third but came up short against GCMS. Blaine Williams and Griffin Meeker both had a double and three hits for the Turks and Andrew Dawson hit a three-run homer as well. Meeker threw five innings while fanning seven and walking two.

Peoria Christian 18, Bloomington Cornerstone Christian 0: Peoria Christian (5-4, 1-2 ICAC) was no match for Cornerstone, winning their fourth game in a row. The Chargers only needed seven hits after taking advantage of nine walks and five errors from the Cyclones. Gavin Walder went 2-for-3 and amassed six RBIs in the drubbing, Jacob Gerig had two RBIs, three runs and three stolen bases and Jameson Fisher went 2-for-4 with two runs and a triple. 

Ottawa Marquette 7, El Paso-Gridley 5: Ottawa Marquette jumped on El Paso-Gridley (6-4, 2-2 HOIC) for seven runs early before a late comeback attempt from the Titans fell short. Mason Vandegraft and Mitchell WIlson both had two hits and two runs for EPG while Dominic Ricconi hit a two-run double. 

Macomb 11, Peoria Heights 1: Big fourth and fifth innings doomed Peoria Heights (4-8, 0-2 ICAC) in a run-rule decision. Cameron Ahart led the Patriots with two hits and scored on an RBI single from Camron Williams, who had two stolen bases.  

Havana 8, Farmington 1: Farmington (7-7, 1-2 Prairieland) fell back to. 500 after Havana got out to a 5-0 lead after two frames and never looked back. Ben Marvel had an RBI for the Farmers, who were hampered by six errors. Carter Lambin struck out six and walked none in 4.2 innings on the mound.

Ridgewood 10, Princeville 0: Princeville managed just one hit from Logan Olshawsky against Ridgewood in the first game of a Lincoln Trail Conference doubleheader.

Ridgewood 10, Princeville 0: It was deja vu for Princeville (4-10, 1-5 Lincoln Trail) who fell 10-0 in the second game of the twinbill after recording a single hit again. 

In softball

Pekin 2, Washington 1: Pekin (9-4, 2-0 Mid-Illini) came out on top in one of the best games of the day thanks to an RBI triple from Sierra Sitter plus a run scored on an error in the fifth, along with a great outing from Zoe Lindahl, who struck out six and allowed just two hits to Washington (5-3, 1-2). Sitter and Elahna Perry both made standout defensive plays to preserve the lead, which was put in jeopardy after a home run from Washington’s Olivia O’Connell.

Dunlap 11, Richwoods 1: Dunlap (11-5, 1-1 Mid-Illini) scored four in the first, seven in the second and took a five-inning mercy rule win over Richwoods (1-9, 0-2 Big 12). Shelby Covey and Ella Cunningham both had doubles and two RBIs for the Eagles while Cunningham, Justice Krus and Brooklyn Milhollin all had two hits and two runs. Kennedy Cleeton took the win in the circle with three strikeouts and three hits allowed in four innings. Richwoods’ Cicely Robinson went 2-for-2 with a home run.

East Peoria 8, Limestone 0: Meadow Terry blanked Limestone (5-4, 2-2 Mid-Illini) with 10 strikeouts and three hits allowed while driving in three runs on three hits in a win for East Peoria (10-3, 3-0). Extra-base hits were the Raiders’ strength, with Mersadees Sassman hitting a two-run homer, Gabby Lane legging out a triple and Kearrah Brown and Terry both tallying two doubles. Lane finished alongside Terry with three hits. All three of Limestone’s hits came off the bat of Liz Grube

Metamora 7, Lincoln 0: A Nora Johnson one-hitter was a big reason why Metamora was able to win its fourth straight. Johnson struck out 11 and walked none in the gem while helping her own cause with a solo home run. Addi Pacha also homered and had three RBIs for the Redbirds and Ellie Schaffer and Addison Wooden both had two hits.

Metamora 5, Lincoln 0: Metamora (13-3, 2-0 Mid-Illini) shut out Lincoln on the entire day with Addi Pacha and Jenna Oderwald combining to give up just two hits. The Redbirds got balanced contributions at the plate with Kaidance Till, Ellie Schaffer, Cara Craig, Mya Brock and Pacha all driving home a run, the latter of which came on a home run. 

Eureka 6, Putnam County 5: Eureka (2-11, 0-2 Heart of Illinois) snapped a six-game losing streak and hung on to defeat Putnam County despite a late Panthers surge. Eureka pitcher Addison Wherley had a run score on an error with two outs in the sixth but forced a popout to secure the win. Claire Stoner hit a three-run jack in the second inning to key the Hornets win while Maggie Geuvens was a homer short of the cycle and scored two runs. 

Tremont 8, GCMS 2: The Turks (10-4-1, 4-0 HOIC) stayed untouched in conference play after three-hit days from Olivia Avalos and Cassidee Bauer led them to victory. Avalos scored three runs while Bauer drove in three and Maia Lorengo added two RBIs. Lorengo tossed another gem in the circle with 13 strikeouts, no walks and one hit allowed in six innings. Tremont stole 10 bases with Bauer, Avalos and Taylor Powell all swiping two.

Normal U-High 14, Bloomington Central Catholic 0: Normal U-High stopped a five-game win streak for the Saints and bounced back from a Friday loss in a big way as Maggie Stadler threw her second no-hitter of the year with 14 strikeouts and a walk. Ryan Coombs led the Pioneers’ bats by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. Helping out were Mariah Rankin (3-4, 3 RBIs, 2 R) and Emma Eovaldi (2-2, 2 RBI, 2 R). 

Rock Island 6, Peoria Notre Dame 0: Peoria Notre Dame (1-12, 0-1 Big 12) had its offensive struggles continue as it was shut out against Rock Island. Ella Tady’s double was the lone extra base hit of the day for PND and Tayla Eaves threw a complete game with five strikeouts, three walks and four earned runs.

Pontiac 5, Normal Community 0: Normal Community fell to a strong Pontiac team in its first of two games on Saturday after recording one hit from Avery Anderson. Tessa Bittner helped keep Normal Community close with a complete game that featured five strikeouts and one walk.

Yorkville 7, Normal Community 1: The Lady Iron (5-11, 1-1 Big 12) dropped their second game of the day after being limited to four hits against Yorkville. Ava Prevo drove in Normal Community’s run and Kylee Anderson and Kate Oyler both added doubles.

El Paso-Gridley 5, Delavan 1: El Paso-Gridley (2-6, 0-4 HOIC) turned the tides on a recent tough stretch and defeated Delavan (4-6, 1-1 ICAC) thanks to a strong performance from pitcher Gracie Sieger (7 IP, 0 BB, 0 K, 6 H, 1 R). Isabel Vargas led the EPG order with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs and Tori Seggerman drove home a pair of Titans. 

Farmington 11, Macomb 1: Farmington scored eight in the second inning to blow out Macomb in five innings. The bottom of the Farmers lineup came to play with Madilyn Hanlin smacking a three-run homer and Ava Essex going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two doubles. Farmington totaled six extra base hits and Lydia Overcash dominated in the circle with six strikeouts to no walks and three hits surrendered.

Orion 11, Farmington 1: The Farmers (4-6, 1-1 Prairieland) had the tables turned on them in their second game of the day against Orion as they were limited to five hits. 

Dwight 12, Peoria Christian 3: Seven late Dwight runs made the score seem more lopsided than it was for Peoria Christian. Audrey Sanders and Sarah Lempesis both had RBIs for the Chargers, who struck out 14 times but drew 10 walks. 

Prairie Central 23, Peoria Christian 1: Peoria Christian took one on the chin to Prairie Central in its second game at the Prairie Central Round Robin. Lilly Wuethrich had the Chargers’ RBI. 

In girls soccer

Morton 1, Richwoods 0: Morton (6-1-1, 2-0 Mid-Illini) was the one to snap Richwoods’ (10-1-1, 3-0 Big 12) 11-game stretch to open the season without a loss. The Knights turn around for another big game against Normal Community on Tuesday while Morton heads to Canton on Monday. 

Dunlap 1, East Moline United 0: The Eagles moved to 9-1-1 on the season after Devyn Davis scored off a corner kick from Elise Grant. Dunlap matches up with Canton next on Tuesday. 

Metamora 2, Streator/Woodland 0: Metamora (5-6-1, 1-2 Mid-Illini) scored once in each half to draw closer to .500. Next up, the Redbirds host Pekin on Tuesday. 

Bloomington 2, Limestone 2: Bloomington (2-7-1, 0-3 Big 12) and Limestone (6-5-2, 1-1 Mid-Illini) drew on Saturday with all four goals coming in the second half. Kaylee Gladson and Dani Sloan scored for the Rockets, who head to Morton on Tuesday while Bloomington hosts Champaign Central the same day. 

Normal Community 6, Moline 1: Normal Community (8-2, 3-0 Big 12) had no problem finding the back of the net in a bounceback win over Moline. Richwoods is next on deck for the Lady Iron on Tuesday.

In boys track and field

At Ottawa: Metamora fared the best out of four area teams at the Ottawa Invitational, coming in seventh place combined over A, B and C flights while Richwoods (10th), Dunlap (11th) and IVC (13th) rounded out the local showings. Highlighting the day for the Redbirds was Zach Born winning the 3200 meters in a personal-best 10:05.84, along with Nick Walker placing second in the 400 meters and third in the long jump. Darrin Dusett had a great day for Richwoods, winning the 200 meters in 22.47 seconds, taking second in the 100-meter dash, and running on the Knights 4x100 relay team which took third. Emerion King placed second in the discus for Richwoods. Dunlap’s Seth McCall took runner-up in the high jump and the Eagles 4x800 relay team finished second. IVC’s Brecken Fahrenkrug came across the line in third in the 800 meters. 

At Springfield: Normal U-High and Pekin shared the title with 71 points at the Capitol City Classic with Bloomington taking eighth with 42 points. U-High got a solo first palace finish from Martin Donahue in the discus (138 feet, 6 inches) and Noah Molitor tied for the top spot in the high jump with a clearance of six feet, three inches. Shawn Immanuel (100m), Jonah Kaeb (1600) and Donahue (shot put) took second in their respective events. Pekin also fared well in the field with Landon Erxleben (51 feet, 10 inches) winning the shot put, Heath Hawkins (14 feet, 6 inches) winning the pole vault and Dylan Anderson (21 feet) winning the long jump. Anderson also took second in the 400 meters and Devon Hayes did likewise in the 3200. Bloomington’s Jamari Randolph won the 300-meter hurdles in 43.24 seconds and Garrick Dickerson (110m hurdles) and Devin Hendricks (triple jump) both took third in their events. 

At Urbana: Peoria High took sixth out of seven teams at the Urbana Boys Track Open, as Melvin Jenkins had the highlight of the day for the Lions by winning the 100 meters in 10.98 seconds, a hundredth of a second ahead of the runner-up. Jenkins also took second in the 200 meters and ran a leg on Peoria’s 4x100 relay team that took third. Jaylen Rayford won the high jump with a 1.87-meter jump.

At Kankakee: Normal Community ran strong at the Kankakee Kays Invite and took second place out of 11 teams. The Ironmen’s two first-places came in the field with Leon Castaneda winning the pole vault with a 3.35-meter height and Antonio Montoya winning the discus with a 53.63-meter throw. Montoya also took second in the shot put. Second-place finishers included Dane Whitaker (100, 200 meters), AJ Ince (3200 meters) and the 4x800 meter relay group. Nate Witzig (400 meters) Jack Thomas (1600 meters) and Michael Mavec (110m hurdles) all took third, as well as their 4x200 relay team.

At Minooka: Normal West took fifth out of 16 teams at the Minooka #Smithstrong Invitational with 48 points. The Wildcats had four second-place finishes with Aiden Swanlund in the 800, Zion Russell in the long jump and triple jump, and their 4x800 relay team.

At Prairie Central: Bloomington Central Catholic took third and El Paso-Gridley took sixth in the 10-team field at the Prairie Central Co-Ed Meet. The Saints’ day was full of first-place finishes after Daniel Morris won the 400 meters in a personal best 52.46 seconds and Thomas Mardis took first in the 800, crossing the line in 2:07.50 while also running on the Saints’ 4x800 meter relay team that took first. Garrett Hartrich won the 1600 in 5:08.00, Finan Krenz (1.88 meters) won the high jump and Mason Clark (3.35 meters) gave BCC another medal in the pole vault. Amir Byrd won the long jump with a leap of 6.09 meters. Valshun Powe took third in the 100 and 200 meters along with a runner-up finish in the triple jump. TJ Larson was second in the 110-meter hurdles.

At Spring Valley: With 41 points, Fieldcrest came in ninth place at the Rollie Morris Invite at Spring Valley Hall. Among the Knights’ top finishers were Caleb Krischel winning the 1600 in 5:02.4, Jozia Johnson taking third in the 800 meters and both runners taking part on the 4x400 relay team that finished third. Krischel also ran on the bronze-finishing 4x800 squad as well. Jackson Hakes snagged third place in the discus, as did Michael Beckett in the triple jump.

At Tolono: Peoria Christian placed right in the middle of a 14-team field at the Houseward Invite. Noah Smith won the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, seven inches and took second in the discus while Carson Hancock came in third. 

In girls track and field

At Rock Island: Pekin, Peoria Notre Dame and Peoria High all competed at the Rock Island ABC Invitational. Peoria High’s Symone Jackson had a big day, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 15.63 seconds, finishing runner-up in the long jump and third in the 300-meter hurdles. Pekin’s Morgan Coker had three podium finishes, finishing second in the 3200, third in the 1600, and ran on the Dragons 4x800 relay team that took third place.

At Kankakee: Normal Community had a nice day at the Kankakee Kays Invite, placing second. Ali Ince was in action and blew away the field in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:00.45 that was nearly 38 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Lily Cavanaugh and Emmy Pollit finished 1-2 in the 800 meters. Second-place finishes for the Lady Iron included Audra Wolf (3200 meters) and Marco Reynolds (shot put) and their 4x400 relay team. Third placers included Jazmin West (200 meters), Ince (400 meters), Queen-Patricia Lubala (300m hurdles), Shelby Rosendale (pole vault) and their 4x200 and 4x800 relays. 

At Prairie Central: El Paso-Gridley finished fifth out of 10 teams at the Prairie Central Co-Ed Meet. Mya Griffin highlighted the day with a win in the 800 meters, timing in at 2:48.51 and the Titans finished first in the 4x400 relay and third in the 4x200 relay as well. Kiana Mayne placed second in the pole vault. 

At Spring Valley: Fieldcrest finished 10th at the Rollie Morris Invite as Claire Phillips finished third in the 3200 meters, Macy Gochanour came in second in the 300-meter hurdles, and softball star Pru Mangan took to the field to finish third in the discus. 

In boys lacrosse

Dunlap 11, Homewood-Flossmoor 10: Dunlap (2-3) pulled out a thrilling win over Homewood-Flossmoor at home to move to the verge of .500 before a big rivalry game against Washington on Thursday. 

Washington 14, Oak Forest 8: Washington (5-2) bounced back from a loss to take down Oak Forest in a matchup of two good teams. The Panthers head to Chicago St. Rita on Monday.

In girls lacrosse

Lincoln Way-Central 20, Bloomington-Normal [Co-op] 1: B-N was no match for Lincoln Way-Central and dropped their first contest of the season. 

In boys tennis

At Metamora: The host Redbirds took advantage of a beautiful day with high-quality tennis, beating Streator 4-0, Sterling 3-1 and Washington 4-0.

At Moline: Dunlap headed north to the Moline Invite, where they placed several finalists, including the winning No. 1 doubles duo in Shaan Kashyap and Ethan McRaven.

Normal West 5, Richwoods 4: Normal West won an even matchup against Richwoods with victories from Rolan Schlipmann (6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles), Dane Schlipmann (6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles), and Michael Zaleski (6-1, 6-4 at No. 6 singles). The Schlipmann brothers won 7-6 (3), 6-0 at No.1 doubles and Tyler Cunningham and Andrew Cunningham won 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 at No. 2 doubles.

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