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Spartans belt 3 homers in win over Whips

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:47 a.m. CDT

Nathan Haacker, Michael Swanberg and Cooper Vinz all had home runs for the Sycamore baseball team in a 13-3, six-inning win over Hampshire on Wednesday in Hampshire.

Haacker’s blast was a three-run shot, and was his third homer of the season. He was 2 for 2 and added a double. Vinz went 3 for 4 with two doubles in addition to his home run, while Swanberg was 2 for 4. Ian Kidd finished 2 for 3 for the Spartans (4-1).

“It was nice to see our bats get moving today,” Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. “It’s the first time we’ve really swung the bats very well this year. Part of that’s due to the quality of the pitching we’ve really been facing through our first four games.”

Brett Weaver was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and striking out four in six innings. Weaver’s effort was the Spartans’ first complete game of the season.

Sycamore will play today at Rockford Guilford.

Cogs fall: Belvidere defeated Genoa-Kingston, 11-5. Jake Langford was 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and a walk for the Cogs. Ben Graff finished 1 for 2 with two walks for G-K.

Hopkins no-hits Reapers:Kaneland’s Nate Hopkins threw a no-hitter in a six-inning, 11-0 win over Plano.

Hopkins struck out six and walked five. Joe Panico finished 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for Kaneland (1-3).

SOFTBALL

Barbs get win: With DeKalb and Hononegah tied at 3 in the sixth inning, the Barbs’ Claire Koertner drove in the game-winning run with a two-out single. Koertner finished with two hits for the Barbs (7-3). Morgan Newport also had two hits.

Katie Kowalski got the win in the circle, improving to 2-1.

“It was just a really well-played game, I thought, on both sides,” Barbs coach Jeff Davis said. “Either team could have come out on top, and we were lucky enough to do so.”

Spartans complete big comeback: Sycamore trailed 8-0 against Hampshire, but the Spartans rallied for a 9-8 win. Tristyn Criswell came up with the go-ahead two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh. Criswell finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Lyndsey Coddington was 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Spartans (2-3), and Taylor Jones went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Taylor Zak held Hampshire scoreless for the final five innings to improve to 1-1.

“It really was a team effort to try to get ourselves back in the game,” Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said. “I’m really proud of the kids for continuing to play hard for all 21 outs.”

BADMINTON

Barbs sweep quad: DeKalb went 3-0 at a quadrangular at DeKalb High. The Barbs defeated Larkin (5-2), McHenry (6-1) and Fenton (6-1).

Clara Marchini went 3-0 at No. 2 singles for the Barbs. Madi Alger (No. 3 singles) and Nicole Orzechowski (No. 4 singles) also won all three of their matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Emily Roelfsema and Alyssa Wagner went 3-0 as well. DeKalb’s Cierra Grant finished 2-1 at No. 1 singles.

DeKalb is 3-2.

TUESDAY’S LATE RESULTS

BASEBALL

Royals pick up another win:Hinckley-Big Rock defeated Earlville-Leland, 10-0, in six innings to improve its Little Ten Conference record to 2-0.

Jacob Morsch threw a complete-game one-hitter for the Royals, walking two and striking out 13.

Offensively, the Royals were led by Taylor Ruh (2 for 2, two runs, two RBIs, walk, stolen base) and Bailey McQueen (0 for 2, three runs, two walks, three stolen bases). Dutch Schneeman added an RBI double.

BOYS TRACK

Barbs win dual meet:DeKalb beat Yorkville, 79-63. The Barbs’ 4x100-meter relay team finished in 42.7 seconds, a school record.

GIRLS TRACK

Barbs drop dual meet: Yorkville beat DeKalb, 102-40. DeKalb’s Brittney Patrick won the long jump and triple jump.

SOFTBALL

Hiawatha loses conference game: At Kirkland, Hiawatha lost, 10-0, to Serena in five innings in a LTC game.

Earlville-Leland tops H-BR: Earlville-Leland defeated Hinckley-Big Rock, 14-0, in six innings in a LTC game in Hinckley.

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