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Area roundup: NIU softball wins at Ball State

The Northern Illinois University softball team took the season series from Ball State as the Huskies earned a 4-2 road victory Wednesday.

The Huskies (18-20, 5-6 Mid-American Conference), who split a doubleheader with the Cardinals (27-14, 5-3) last week at Mary M. Bell Field, took advantage of some wildness from the Ball State pitching staff and defensive miscues to pick up the win.

With the score tied at 2 in the top of the sixth inning and runners at the corners with one out, pinch-hitter Dominique Greeno laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Jessica Rio from third for the go-ahead run.

“We did a nice job of having success on the little things today; that helped us win,” NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe said. “Dom and Hannah [Goerke] were huge for us today.”



Indian Creek girls second, boys third: The Timberwolves were behind Somonauk and Sandwich on the boys side, while the girls trailed only host Sandwich.

Brooke Probst cleared 5 feet, 5 inches to win the high jump and tie the school record. Kaitlyn Frazier was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a 17.67.

Hinckley-Big Rock also was at the meet, with Erik Maldanado winning the 3,200 in 11:54. Izabella Cleaveland was second in the 1,600.

Kaneland sprinters shine: Max Gagne, Chris Angelotti and Noah Butzman put up top-35 times in Kaneland history in the 100 in a home meet against Sycamore.

Team results were not available.

Gagne’s 11.21 was the eighth-best in school history, Angelotti’s 11.31 was 18th-best and Butzman posted the 31st-best mark in school history.

Colton Doll also posted the seventh-best long jump in school history, a 21-7. Drew Hahn set a personal best with a 50-4 in the shot put.


H-BR soccer ties: The Royals were down by 2 at Harvest Christian but finished with a 2-2 tie.

Tori Prellberg and Ashleigh Wackerlin scored for the Royals. Third-string goalie Bianca Gum made her first start in goal, getting the second-half shutout.

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