No-hitters were no problem Friday at the Academy.
St. Bede senior baseball player Damin Smith threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Bruins rolled past Henry 13-0 in five innings.
Not to be outdone, St. Bede junior softball player Emmi Christensen also threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Lady Bruins rolled to a 16-0 five-inning victory over Henry.
In the baseball win, Smith walked three and improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory.
At the plate, Jake Postula had two hits and three RBI for the Bruins (10-1), while Sam Lucas added three hits and four RBI. Austin Schwab chipped in two hits and two RBI, while Logan Bima drove in two and Brad Groleau had two hits.
In the softball victory, Christensen struck out eight and walked just one for the Lady Bruins, who scored six runs in each of the first two innings.
Christine Daley drove in three and scored twice for SBA, while Tara Kunkel and Barbi Prokup both scored a run and drove in a pair.
La Salle-Peru 16, Streator 7
The Cavaliers completed the three-game sweep on Friday.
Bret Storm went 3-for-5 and had four RBI atop the L-P lineup, and Adam Happ went 3-for-6 with three RBI. Noah Lamboley and Matt Jaegle each added three hits and two RBI.
Eric Gens picked up the win on the rubber for the Cavs.
L-P improved to 8-0 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division with the win.
Fieldcrest 5, LeRoy 0
Brady Sanders threw a complete-game three-hit shutout as the Knights earned the Heart of Illinois Conference win Friday in Wenona.
Sanders struck out five and walk three in the victory, while at the plate Nick Panzica drove in two runs for Fieldcrest (2-13, 2-3 HOIC), which scored a run in the first and added four more tallies in the bottom of the third.
Byron 15, Mendota 2
The Trojans had just four hits as they fell in the Big Northern Conference West Division game Friday at Mendota.
Trae Blumhorst had two hits for MHS (4-10, 2-4), while Garet Zinke had a hit and scored twice.
IVCC 15-5, Rockford College JV 5-3
The Eagles earned the sweep Friday in Rockford.
In a 15-5 victory in Game 1, Rodrigo Almeraz scored twice and drove in three runs for IVCC, while Arturo Espinoza had two hits, two RBI and scored three times.
Nick Passini also drove in two and scored twice.
In a 5-3 victory in the nightcap, Passini had two hits, while on the hill Teke Scudder allowed three runs — one earned — in a complete-game, seven-inning victory.
Putnam County 16, Paw Paw 0 (5 inn.)
The Lady Panthers exploded on offense in the non-conference win Friday in Granville.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, PC scored six runs in the bottom of the third and seven more in the bottom of the fourth.
At the plate, Nikki Mertel had three hits and scored three runs, while Lauren Colby also scored three runs. Monica Monroe added two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while Annie Miller had two hits and drove in a pair.
Mertel picked up the win in the circle as she struck out eight and allowed just four hits in the complete-game effort.
Byron 2, Mendota 1
The Lady Trojans dropped a one-run BNC West game for the second time in as many days.
In Friday’s game at Byron, the Lady Trojans fell behind 2-0 after the third inning and were unable to catch up.
MHS (7-7, 4-3 BNC West) had just five hits in the defeat.
Ashlyn Kennedy allowed two earned runs on five hits to take the loss.
Somonauk 6, Earlville-Leland 5
Down by five runs after five innings, the Lady Red Raiders scored four runs in the top of the sixth to pull within a run but couldn’t tie the game as they fell in the Little Ten Conference game Friday in Somonauk.
Tarin Duffey had two hits for E-L (7-5, 7-2 LTC).
Geneseo 4, Ottawa 1
The Pirates’ No. 1 doubles team of Clayton Conness and Tyler Lindemann rallied to earn the three-set win in Friday’s NIB 12 Conference match.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Hall’s Collin Aimone jumped a meet-best 19 feet, 9 ½ inches to help the Red Devils to a team victory in the long jump relay at Friday’s Greg Moss Relays at Wethersfield High School.
Hall also won the 440-meter low hurdle shuttle in a time of 59.70 seconds and the 3,200 relay with a mark of 9:22.5.
The Red Devils finished third as a team as they scored 78 points to finish ahead of ROWVA, which won the meet with 126 points.
Putnam County was sixth with 17 points and was paced by a second-place finish by its weightman’s 800 relay.
The Pirates won four events and finished fifth at Sterling’s Night Relays Friday.
Ottawa picked up victories in the pole vault relay — led by a meet-best vault of 13-3 by Billy Moore — and a win in the shot put relay — led by a meet-best throw of 47-8 by Travis Pointer — as well as a victory in the freshman-sophomore 1,600 sprint medley.
The Pirates also won the discus relay, led by a runner-up individual performance by Cyrano Rayfield.
A trio of local athletes earned a pair of wins in Friday’s quadrangular meet in Mendota.
St. Bede led the way as Michael Slingsby won the shot put and discus, while teammate Steven Gualandri took the triple jump and 300 hurdles.
Wyatt Martinson claimed the 100 and 200 for the host Trojans, while Princeton won the 400 and 800 relays.
As a team, the Tigers finished an area-best second as they scored 97 team points to finish behind Byron (117.50). Mendota was third (83.5) and St. Bede was fourth (71).
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Ottawa’s Maddie Mach vaulted 8-3 for the second-highest vault at Friday’s Night Relays in Sterling.
Mach helped the Lady Pirates to a fourth-place finish in the event and to a seventh-place team finish.