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Area roundup: NIU falls to Kent State softball; Dudzinski tosses shutout; Kaneland softball hits 3 homers in loss

The Northern Illinois softball team lost to eventual Mid-American Conference champion Kent State on Saturday, 9-3, at Akron, Ohio.

“They kind of blooped us to death and then mixed in a big hit within that,” NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe said. “We just couldn’t get off the field in that one inning. They found every hole that was on the field.”

The Huskies (33-21) were unable to get the timely hit or get off the field when they needed and that proved to be the difference in the game. Eight of Kent State’s nine runs came with two outs, including five in a six-run third.

“I think we hit [senior pitcher Ronnie] Ladines really well,” Sutcliffe said. “We stranded a couple runners, but we had our chances. We fought to the end; unfortunately, it didn’t end up like yesterday.”

Jessica Rio had an early two-run double to give NIU a 2-1 lead, but the Flashes scored the next eight.

Kent State rode that hot streak, beating Ohio twice to win the title. The Bobcats had to win just one of those games to win the championship.


Kaneland hits three homers in loss: The Knights lost, 10-9, at St. Charles East in 10 innings, one game after losing by a run to DeKalb.

St. Charles East tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but the Knights scored two in the 10th to take the lead. Aly Jesionowski gave up three in the bottom of the inning.

Morgan Weber was 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored and an RBI. Donatela Sommesi hit a homer in a 2-for-4, four-RBI game. Maddy Wheatley added a home run for the Knights.


Kaneland blanks Plainfield Central: Luke Calbrese had two hits and drove in two runs in the Knights’ 5-0 win.

Robbie Dudzinski pitched the shutout, striking out three in the four-hitter. He also added two hits at the plate.

IC falls to Aurora Christian: The Timberwolves lost, 12-5, at Kenny Field in Big Rock.

Austin Sommerfeld took the loss for Indian Creek (7-15) and was 2 for 2 at the plate.

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