Genoa-Kingston softball swept Harvard in a double-header to complete its regular season with a record of 17-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big Northern Conference East.
Danielle Engel got the win in the circle in both games. She hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and knocked in seven runs. Paige Keegan also belted two home runs while Tori Hensley went 5 for 5.
“We tried to get a little momentum going into next week and get some confidence at the plate,” G-K coach Mike Lauer said.
The Cogs face Marengo in the Class 3A Sycamore Regional semifinals on Wednesday.
Schilling advances: Indian Creek sophomore Emily Schilling advanced to the Class 1A state finals in the 800 and 1,600, finishing in the top 12 in Thursday’s preliminary races. She was the only local Class 1A athlete to move on to Saturday’s finals.
Indian Creek’s Ariel Russell jumped 14-08.5 in long jump and 33-00.25 in the triple jump, missing the top 12 in triple jump by 2.25 inches. Kate Thuestad recorded a mark of 33-04.75 in the shot put. Sophomore Chantel Kyler jumped 5-0 in high jump, but just missed the qualifying height of 5-2. Freshman Alexis VanWhye ran 52.05 in the 300 hurdles. Nicole Goodrich threw 103-11 in the discus.
Hinckley-Big Rock’s Kristen Clark ran 2:28.94 in the 800 and also did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
“Kristen had some bad luck in the race, when she got tangled with another runner with 200 meters to go and lost a shoe,” H-BR coach Greg Burks said. “She finished the race with one shoe on and the other foot only a sock.”
G-K loses in extras: Genoa-Kingston lost to Harvard, 6-1, at home in 11 innings.
The Cogs and Hornets were tied, 1-1, going into the 11th inning, but Harvard rallied for five runs.
Jake Langford was 3 for 5 with a run scored for G-K while Bobby Treadwell started the game, throwing five innings and striking out eight batters while allowing zero earned runs.
The Cogs (5-19, 3-7 Big Northern Conference East) play Wheaton Academy at home on Monday to start the Class 3A playoffs.
WEDNESDAY’S LATE RESULTS
Sycamore falls: Sycamore lost to South Elgin, 6-3, in a nonconference game. Becca Schroeder had a double and two RBIs while Tristyn Criswell was 1 for 2 with an RBI.