Cory Bradburn threw a complete-game shutout and struck out 10 batters in an 11-1 Hinckley-Big Rock victory against Amboy in five innings to open the baseball season for the Royals.
At the plate, Bradburn went 2 for 2 with two stolen bases, two walks and two RBIs. Zach Michels went 1 for 4 with a three-RBI double for the Royals (1-1).
T’wolves, Hawks tie: Indian Creek tied Hiawatha, 1-1, in the season opener for both teams. Christina Sommerfeld scored the lone goal for the Timberwolves (0-0-1) while the Hawks also are 0-0-1.
Cogs falter: Genoa-Kingston lost to Rockford Lutheran, 4-0, to drop to 0-1.
“I was pleased with our effort today despite opening the season with a loss,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “We have a lot of new faces this year and we’re still trying to figure out where everyone fits in the scheme of things. Facing a quality opponent early exposes our weaknesses and our strengths. Now we can make adjustments.”
Barbs take 3rd, Spartans 9th: DeKalb finished in third place in the Sycamore Indoor Invitational. The Barbs scored 55 points to finish behind champion Rock Island (129) and second-place Huntley (84). Sycamore took ninth with three points.
Danielle Dlabal won the 800-meter run in 2:24 and teammate Kelsey Schrader was third in 2:28. Schrader, Dlabal, Monica York and Desa Diedrich teamed up to win the 3,200 relay in 10:17. Jasmine Brown, Diaja Robinson, Kara Alvarez and Jasmine Olalde won the 4x1 lap relay.
Barbs blanked: DeKalb had only nine available players in a 15-0 loss to Glenbard South.
“We played better than it sounds,” DeKalb coach Duane Cowley said. “We took nine girls, two of my top girls didn’t go along. It pushes everyone else up in the lineup.”
Cowley singled out the play of doubles teams Brooke Wilson and Anna Potsic along with Jaci Nguyen and Theresa Nguyen.
“They did a real nice job, close, but not close enough,” Cowley said.