After dropping four games over the weekend at the Freeport Invitational, the La Salle-Peru softball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday.
The Lady Cavaliers went to Sterling and beat the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A No. 1-ranked Lady Golden Warriors 5-1 in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game.
Haley Wren ripped a two-run double in a five-run fifth inning.
Carly Spelich had a sacrifice fly and Brianna Zeman and Kylea Starkey each had RBI singles in the inning.
Sophomore Whitney Lippert caught two balls in center field, including a diving catch, to help preserve the lead in the sixth.
Brittany Zawacki earned the win in the circle. She allowed one unearned run on two hits, struck out six and walked four in a complete game for L-P (6-4, 3-0 NIB 12 West).
Putnam County 11, Henry 0, 5 inn.
Shelby Yepsen and Nikki Mertel combined for a no-hitter Tuesday as the Lady Panthers earned a Tri-County Conference victory in Henry.
Yepsen struck out all nine batters she faced.
Venessa Voss went 2-for-3 for a double and two RBIs, while Stephanie Wilson, Taylor Pettit and Annie Miller each drove in a run for PC (6-2), which scored seven runs in the fourth inning.
Bureau Valley 9, Amboy 7, 8 inn.
Dana Kepner blasted a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday to lift the Storm to a Three Rivers Athletic Conference victory in Amboy.
She finished 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs.
Ashley Phillips went 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run and three RBIs, while Irini Petros earned the win in relief.
Earlville-Leland 24, Indian Creek 5, 5 inn.
Monica Loy went 5-for-5 with a double, four runs and three RBIs Tuesday as the Lady Red Raiders exploded offensively in a Little Ten Conference victory in Shabbona.
Morgan Torman and Brooke Boczkiewicz each had three RBIs as well for E-L, which scored eight runs in the second inning and eight runs in the fifth.
La Salle-Peru 4, Sterling 1
The Cavaliers went up 2-0 in the three-game Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division series with a victory Tuesday in Sterling.
Kyle Jenkins earned the win on the mound and hit a double.
Max Strickland went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Tyler Brovelli was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Hall 8, R-Benson/ L-Washburn 7, 9 inn.
Brett Fanning drove in Danny Nolasco in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday to lift the Red Devils to a Tri-County Conference victory in Roanoke.
Fanning finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Miguel Villarreal was 2-for-5 with a run and a pair of RBIs.
Taggart Venegas earned the win in relief. He allowed no runs on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks in three innings. Venegas escaped a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the bottom of the ninth with a line out to left field.
Putnam County 12, Henry 1, 6 inn.
Cody Ballerini went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs Tuesday to lead the Panthers to a Tri-County Conference victory in Henry.
Justin Pettit had a pair of doubles and Xavier Warren was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Antonio DiazDeleon allowed no runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in four innings to earn the win.
Ryan Condit had two doubles for Henry, while Austin Berberich took the loss.
Marquette 5, Peoria Christian 2
Logan Sparks went 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI Tuesday to help the Crusaders to a Tri-County Conference victory in Peoria.
Tyler Verona was the winning pitcher. He allowed one earned run on no hits while striking out 10 and walking eight in five innings.
Andrew Allen threw a perfect 2/3 of an inning for the save.
Bureau Valley 12, Amboy 9
A six-run fifth inning propelled the Storm to a Three Rivers Athletic Conference victory Tuesday in Amboy.
Keaton Wagenknecht went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. He also pitched a scoreless, hitless 1 1/3 innings to earn the save.
Kyle Rokey earned the win.
Indian Creek 3, Earlville-Leland 2
Nolan Baumbach went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Red Raiders fell in a Little Ten Conference game in Shabbona.
TRACK & FIELD
La Salle-Peru won three events Tuesday to finish second at a triangular with Sterling and Ottawa.
The Lady Golden Warriors had 93 points, the Lady Cavs finished with 49 and the Lady Pirates had 44.
Megan Krolak won the 3,200 meters in 12:35, Lesly Rocha claimed the 800 in 2:36 and Alexa Zimbelman won the long jump at 13 feet, 9 ½ inches.
Haley Harsted led the Lady Pirates by winning the 100 (13.02) and the 200 (27.4).
Shawna Goins won the shot put at 31-5 and Taylor Sellett won the discus with a toss of 102.
At Spring Valley
Hall’s Brooke Keegan placed second Tuesday in the 200 (27.42 seconds) and the long jump (14 feet, 9 inches and also helped the Lady Red Devil’s 800 relay (1:55.27) to a runner-up finish.
Running with Keegan were Lexi Scarpaci, Brittany Foster and Katie Hoffert.
Jacquie Wallaert placed second in the 800 in 2:37.1 and ran with Foster, Hoffert and Ashley Keegan to a second-place finish in the 1,600 relay in 4:42.79.
The Lady Red Devils placed third among the five teams with 63 points. Erie-Prophetstown won with 164.
Ohio placed fifth with one point, which was scored by Missy Dunn in the 1,600.
The Henry-Midland girls team racked up 123 points to place second Tuesday in a seven-team meet in Seneca. The host Lady Irish won with 184 points.
The Lady Timberducks won the 3,200-meter relay (10:56.97), the 400 relay (53.4) and the 1,600 relay (4:30), and H-M also had a 1-2 finish from Jillian Monier (12:34.11) and Ronna Pettis (12:51.17) in the 3,200.
Fieldcrest finished third with 97 points and Putnam County was sixth with 39.
The Lady Knights had a 1-2 finish from Maria Baldwin (2:32.54) and Erin Pongracz (2:37.45) in the 800. Tessa Holland cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump and Holland, Abbie Fuller, Kaitlin Peterson and Courtney McGuane won the 800 relay in a school-record 1:54.25.
Paige Griffith finished third in the 300 hurdles (50.77) to pace the Lady Panthers.
In the boys meet, Henry-Midland finished third with 83 points. Westmont won with 191.
Fieldcrest finished fourth with 71 and Putnam County was seventh with 28.
Alex Pettis won the 800 in 2:10.01 to lead the Timberducks, while teammate Lucas Frawley won the triple jump with a leap of 38-4.
Fieldcrest’s Dawson White won the 110 hurdles (17.18) and the 300 hurdles (44.37), while the Knights’ foursome of White, Mario Revelo, Tyler Railey and Christopher Leigh claimed the 800 relay in a school-record 1:36.04.
Lindsey Hoffert won the 100-meter dash (12.83), the 400 (1:04.41) and the 200 (27.75) Tuesday in a five-team meet in Kewanee.
Riley Francis won the 3,200 in 14:13, while the Storm took first in the 400 relay in 54.62.
IVCC 7-0, Sauk Valley 4-8
The Lady Eagles split an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader Tuesday in Dixon.
IVCC won the opener 7-4 before losing 8-0 in five innings in the second game.
Lindsay Schmitz went 2-for-4 with a double a run and four RBIs in the first game. Katie Nauman threw a complete game to earn the win, allowing one earned run on six hits.
Hall graduate Johnna Schultz took the loss in the second game. Olivia Harcar had two of IVCC’s three hits.
Sterling 3, Ottawa 2
Emma O’Dell had a goal and an assist Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Pirates fell in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game in Sterling.
Briggitte Flowers also scored for Ottawa, while Sophie Snyder assisted O’Dell’s goal.
DeKalb 3, La Salle-Peru 2
The Cavaliers won a pair of doubles matches Tuesday but lost a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference match in DeKalb.
Jake and Trent Lipka earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Justin Burks and Drake Bruhns won 1-6, 7-6, 11-9 at No. 2.
Ottawa 4, Dixon 1
The Pirates claimed both singles matches and two of three doubles matches to earn a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory Tuesday in Dixon.
Jackson Evensen won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while David Dobrose earned a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory at No. 2 singles.
Kris Felty and Tyler Lukkari picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles and Alec Lindemann and Luke Winchester won 6-0, 6-1.
Princeton 9, St. Bede 0
The Tigers swept the Bruins on Tuesday in Princeton.
Princeton got singles wins from Garrett Kostello, Zach Hicks, Elliot Beetz, Brady Frank, Nick Toth and Ian Nichols.