The Sycamore baseball team bounced back from a loss to Morris on Wednesday with a 7-3 win over the Redskins on Thursday afternoon in Sycamore.
Brett Weaver finished 2 for 3 with a two-run home run and a two-run triple for the Spartans (10-2, 4-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East). Cooper Vinz was 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Colan Treml earned the win, giving up three earned runs in six innings. He gave up six hits while walking three and striking out three. Weaver earned the save.
"It was good for us to bounce back after a tough loss [Wednesday]" Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. "The pitcher they threw at us, I think he was their No. 1, he threw the ball hard, mid-80s for sure. I think the biggest difference was we competed at the plate today."
Cogs get BNC East win: Tommy Hansen threw a complete game and struck out six batters for Genoa-Kingston in a 4-3 win over Richmond-Burton.
Jake Langford went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Cogs (7-7, 3-1 Big Northern East), while Joe Murray finished 1 for 1 with two walks and Danny Hansen went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
"It was probably the most well-rounded complete game we've played all season, against a very good team," G-K coach Anson Ellis said.
Hawks thump LaMoille: Will Corn went 3 for 3 with seven RBIs for Hiawatha in a 21-2 win over LaMoille. Mike Mercado and Jace Williams each were 4 for 4 with three RBIs, while Bart Hall finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
Beaty leads Barbs past Morris: Morgan Beaty had two goals for DeKalb in a 3-1 win over Morris. Abby Hickey added another tally for the Barbs, with Beaty notching the assist.
Beltran with two goals in Cogs win: Viviana Beltran had two goals for Genoa-Kingston in a 5-0 win over Mendota. Ashley Grimm, Maggie Bouque and Nicole Hebel had the other three. Beltran, Hebel and Bouque each had assists.
G-K is 7-3-1 and 5-2-1 in BNC East play.
"We came out today with a lot of energy," G-K coach Randy Tate said. "We held possession and made some really nice combination plays."
Knights shut out Sycamore: Kaneland coach Scott Parillo devoted about 75 percent of Wednesday's practice to corner kicks and free kicks.
On Thursday, the fruits of the Knights' labor amounted to a 2-0 win against Sycamore, as Delaney Stryczek and Holly Collingbourne both converted Madi Jurcenko corners within a five-minute span in the second half.
"Madi has been magical all year with those corner kicks. That's like 11 or 12 goals we've scored this year on those," Parillo said. "She puts it in a very difficult spot for the goalie. … She just puts them right where we need them to be every time."
Kaneland improves to 9-1 and 4-0 in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play. Sycamore falls to 6-2-1 and 2-1-1 in the NI Big 12 East.
Spartans lose NI Big 12 East contest: Lyndsey Coddington finished 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs in Sycamore's 7-5 loss to Morris. Brooke English went 1 for 2 with two RBIs, and Tristyn Criswell was 1 for 2 with a double.
The Spartans are 4-7 and 1-1 in NI Big 12 East play.
Serena tops IC: Serena beat Indian Creek, 7-2. The Timberwolves are 4-6 and 3-5 in the Little Ten Conference.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
DeKalb 2nd at Rocket Relays: DeKalb took second place at the Rocket Relays in Burlington, finishing with 158.5 points. Genoa-Kingston was fourth with 62.5.
Drew Paszotta won the 100-meter dash for the Barbs (22.96 seconds), while Jared Smith took first in the 1,600 (4:43.34). Misha Ryzhov won the 3,200 (9:54.47), and the Barbs' 4x100 relay of Jaylen Cole, James Robinson, Eriq Torrey and Paszotta won with a time of 43.51. The 4x200 relay took of David Long, Torrey, Robinson and Paszotta took first place with a time of 1:30.47. Devonte Thompson won the discus with a throw of 137-2.
Mitchell Uszcienski won the high jump with a mark of 6-0 for the Cogs.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Barbs 3rd, Cogs 5th at Rocket Relays: DeKalb's Kelsey Schrader won the 1,600 at the Rocket Relays in Burlington, finishing with a time of 5:16.38. The Barbs took third as a team with 133 points. Genoa-Kingston finished in fifth with 94.
DeKalb's Kara Alvarez won the high jump (5-0).
Brianna Kramer won the 100 dash for the Cogs, finishing with a time of 12.4. Felicia Olson won the triple jump at 30-11.5
Barbs fall: Plainfield North defeated DeKalb, 9-6. Tristan Draper earned a win at No. 1 singles for the Barbs, while Emily Roelfsema got the victory at No. 2 singles. Clara Marchini and Alyssa Wagner also got singles wins for DeKalb.
The Barbs' No. 1 doubles team of Draper and Roelfsema also earned a victory, as did the No. 3 doubles squad of Cierra Grant and Rachel Kelly.