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Softball

Area roundup: Kaneland softball advances with win over ACC

The top-seeded Kaneland softball team kept its season alive Wednesday with a 6-3 victory over No. 7-seeded Aurora Central Catholic in a Class 3A Kaneland Regional semifinal.

The game was picked up where it left off when it was suspended because of rain Tuesday, with the Chargers leading 2-0 in the second inning.

The Knights took the lead in the third inning when Donnie Sommesi tripled home Morgan Weber and then stole home to go ahead, 3-2. With the game tied, 3-3, in the fifth, Natalie Kraemer hit a two-run triple to give the Knights the lead for good. Kraemer finished 2 for 3.

Aly Jesionowski earned the win, pitching five innings while allowing three runs on three hits and striking out five. Emilee Erickson pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save.

Kaneland will face either No. 4 Freeport or No. 6 Aurora Rosary in the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday in Maple Park.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Huskies drop opener of MAC tournament: No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois jumped out to an early lead but fell, 6-1, to No. 2 Central Michigan in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

The Huskies (17-37) will face Eastern Michigan, which swept NIU earlier in the year, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and will need a win to keep their season alive.

Against the Chippewas (30-26) on Wednesday, NIU leadoff hitter Roderick Bynum opened the game with a triple to right field and scored on an RBI groundout by Samuel Vega to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.

CHURCH SOFTBALL

First Baptist pulls away late: Dalton Johnson and Seth Miller each had three RBIs to help First Baptist Sycamore beat Salem First Lutheran, 17-7, in a game Monday that was tied until the sixth inning.

James High picked up the win for First Baptist, which has won two in a row.

Christ Community II had the tying run on third base but couldn’t score in an 11-10 loss to Sycamore St. Mary. Justin Oprins picked up the win and got a game-ending strikeout to end the threat.

Christ Community I breezed to a 16-6 win over DeKalb Latter Day Saints, with Rob Howe pitching a complete game in the win. Nick Sarver had a double for LDS in the loss.

MaKenzie Manaw earned the win for Sycamore Methodist, which topped Crossview Church, 13-8. Nathaniel O’Donnell went 2 for 3 in the loss for Crossview.

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