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Softball

Local roundup: Genoa-Kingston softball bats explode in win

The Genoa-Kingston softball team won its third straight game Friday, defeating Rockford Lutheran, 14-2.

Ashley Peterson was 4 for 4, scoring twice and driving in two. Leyah Langley added three hits and four RBIs. Anna Hansen had a pair of hits.

Ashley Clemente allowed one earned run in five innings, allowing four hits, four strikeouts and five walks.

The Cogs (19-10) have scored 49 runs in the past three games.

Hiawatha falls to Seneca: The Hawks lost, 8-6, on the road.

Gianna Bottom, Brooke Braden, Bri Block and Calli Schell each had two of Hiawatha’s 10 hits. Block drove in two, and Maddy Bellah scored twice.

H-BR falls to Serena: The Royals lost, 10-0, at Serena.

Abby Kupple and Cassie Seaney had the hits for Hinckley-Big Rock.

Newark rolls at IC: Indian Creek lost, 12-0, in six innings. Jade Milostan had the only hit for the Timberwolves.

PREP BASEBALL

DeKalb falls in eight to Geneseo: The Barbs lost at home, 7-5. Trey Roach had two singles and scored twice. Keegan Smith also had two of DeKalb’s seven hits. DeKalb led early but fell behind, 4-3. They tied it in the fifth when Smith walked with two outs, stole second, then scored on a Michael Clayton double.

The Maple Leafs scored three runs in the top of the eighth.

H-BR beats Earlville: The Royals won at home, 11-7.

Earlville scored four in the top of the first, but the Royals scored nine over the next three innings to take control.

Tate Sanderson, Brian Bohannon, Richard Hintzsche and Cody Cleaveland had two hits each. Connor Bullard drove in three runs, while Sanderson and Spencer Brown scored twice.

GIRLS SOCCER

Kaneland falls to Yorkville: The Knights lost, 2-1, at home.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

NIU season ends with loss to Toledo: The No. 4 Huskies lost to the No. 7 Rockets, 11-6, in Akron in the MAC Tournament.

Jenny Van Geertry cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when she blasted a two-out, two-run homer over the left-field fence for the Huskies (27-25) against Toledo (25-26).

“I think that’s the cherry on top of her career,” NIU coach Christine Sutcliffe said. “To be able to finish it with a home run, you couldn’t write a better script for her.”

What began as a tight game early turned into a slugfest in the final three innings. Fourteen of the 17 runs scored in the game came in the final 2½ innings. The timely hit eluded NIU as the Huskies stranded eight runners in the game.

“We left a little too many runners on base early in the game,” Sutcliffe said. “Obviously, we couldn’t get out of that big inning. You change those two things around and it’s a completely different game.”

Katie Keller was 3 for 3, scoring once. Abby Howlett added two of the Huskies’ eight hits.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

NIU falls at Toledo: The Huskies lost, 5-4, to the Rockets.

“We didn’t take care of our own business today, and Toledo made us pay for it,” coach Mike Kunigonis said. “They’re a good team and battled the entire game and got us in the end. We need to be better overall and be ready to get back in the series tomorrow in Game 2.”

NIU (15-32, 11-11) led, 4-2, in the eighth but lost to Toledo (16-31, 4-16).

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