Genoa-Kingston softball had a five-run lead on the road against Burlington Central, but couldn’t hang on as the Cogs gave up five runs in the sixth and eventually lost, 6-5, in nine innings.
Natalie Klein had a two-run triple in the fifth inning and later came around to score to give the Cogs a 3-0 lead. Danielle Engel was 2 for 4 and Tori Hensley was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Paige Keegan also was 2 for 4.
“It was a tough way to lose, but we’ve got to keep our head up,” G-K coach Mike Lauer said. “Really pleased with the effort. I thought the kids played well other than the one inning.”
The Cogs (2-2, 0-1 Big Northern Conference East) host Burlington Central on Thursday.
Barbs remain unbeaten: DeKalb beat Rochelle, 12-1, to improve to 9-0 and 2-0 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. Katie Kowalski got the win, throwing three innings and striking out five.
Hannah Walter went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs for DeKalb.
Morris beats Sycamore: Sycamore lost to Morris, 3-2, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East matchup.
Pitcher Abby Foulk gave up only one earned run and struck out four in the loss. Becca Schroder was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Sycamore (3-5, 0-3 NI Big 12 East).
T’wolves fall: Indian Creek (2-6) lost to Earlville-Leland at home, 24-5.
H-BR run-rules Somonauk: Hinckley-Big Rock defeated Somonauk, 13-3, in six innings to improve to 6-3 and 5-1 in the Little Ten Conference. Dutch Schneeman threw a complete game for the Royals, striking out five and scattering four hits.
Austin Scott went 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs for H-BR.
T’wolves get win: Indian Creek beat Earlville-Leland, 3-2.
Dallas Boehne got the win in relief, throwing three scoreless innings. Center fielder Dillon Martenson threw out the potential game-tying run to end the game.
DeKalb rolls: The Barbs scored two goals in the first half and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Yorkville. Toni Ortega had two assists and Kelli Cardine added a goal and an assist.
Cogs fall: Genoa-Kingston lost, 4-1, to Rockford Christian at home.
Shannon Schmacher scored the Cogs’ only goal on a penalty kick in the second half.
The Cogs (1-3, 1-3 BNC East) play at Burlington Central on Tuesday.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Royals’ Bayler, Johnsen win two events: Hinckley-Big Rock participated in a quadrangular with Morris, Sandwich and Serena. Michael Bayler won the triple jump (39-1) as well as the 800 (2:17.4). Christian Johnsen won both the long jump (18-9) and high jump (5-6).
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Clark takes two events: Hinckley-Big Rock’s Kristen Clark won the 3200 (13:33.2) and 400 (66.8) in a five-team meet with Morris, Rosary, Sandwich and Serena.
Barbs top L-P: DeKalb's Matt Kulma got a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles as the Barbs beat LaSalle-Peru, 3-2. Phil Henrickson won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.