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Area roundup: Spartan baseball sweeps Ottawa; NIU baseball splits at WMU

Sycamore won two conference games with complete performances, defeating Ottawa on the road 8-2 and 7-2 on Saturday.

Jared Grubbs, William Oczkowski and Gage Armstrong each contributed two hits apiece in the 8-2 win. Grubbs and Austin Steele each contributed two RBIs in the victory. Kevin Rink and Gavin Crofoot combined to strikeout nine Pirates.

In the 7-2 win, Kyle Severson was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Matthew Cusumano was 2 for 3 and Crofoot added two RBIs. Oczkowski grabbed the pitching win in three innings of work.

Knights slug Dunlap: Kaneland defeated Dunlap 10-2 and 7-1.

Nik Panico was 3 for 5 with two RBIs in the 10-2 win. Jon Alstott added a 2 for 4 day with three RBIs. Mason Kottmeyer grabbed the pitching win.

In the 7-1 victory, Josh Dresmal and Connor Collins each drove in two runs. Knights pitched combined for 10 strikeouts and three hits allowed in the victory.

Timberwolves split with A-FC: Indian Creek claimed an 8-0 win before falling to Ashton-Franklin Center 12-6 in a doubleheader split.

Jordan Wortman drove in three runs and Griffin Rissman was 2 for 3 with two RBIs in the Game 1 Timberwolves win. Ray Ragan picked up the win for Indian Creek.

In the Game 2 loss, Tim McNally went 3 for 4 with three runs scored for the Timberwolves. Cooper Larsen went 2 for 4 loss in the game.


Sycamore slams Belvidere North: The Spartan offense ruled the day as Sycamore picked up wins by scores of 16-1 and 8-0 over Belvidere North.

Gracyn Gabriel combined to go 5 for 6 with a grand slam and five RBIs. Haley Trela registered five hits, while Faith Reynolds and Erin Simmons each had four hits apiece.

Indian Creek splits close pair: The Timberwolves fell 5-4 before claiming a 5-4 win in a doubleheader with Ashton-Franklin Center Saturday.

Cogs drop close games, win one: Genoa-Kingston dropped a 7-6 decision to Farmington and a 5-1 loss to Aurora Central Catholic. G-K also defeated Chicago Latin 15-0.

Olivia Simmons hit a homer and Ashley Clemente was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Simmons and Leyah Langley each had three hits in the loss.

Sarah Sandusky had the lone Cogs RBI in the loss to ACC.

Leea Paerry was 4 for 4 with four runs scored in the victory.


Spartans grab two wins at tournament: Sycamore defeated Round Lake 2-0 and Richmond-Burton 8-0 at the Richmond-Burton tournament.

Taylor Meier combined for five goals and an assist. Kierah Meier had two goals and three assists.

Barbs fall in PKs: DeKalb fell in its final match of the PepsiCo Showdown series, dropping its game to Fenwick 2-1 after falling in penalty kicks 5-4.

The Barbs are now 4-7.

G-K drops two: Genoa-Kingston fell 1-0 to Plano (3-0 in penalty kicks) and then 2-0 to Oregon in the third-place match of its home tournament.


Huskie bats wake in game two: The Northern Illinois University baseball team earned a split of its doubleheader Saturday against the Western Michigan Broncos at Robert J. Bobb Stadium, winning the nightcap 12-6 after the hosts won the opener 10-4.

“We battled all day and salvaged our weekend with a big in in the second game,” said head coach Mike Kunigonis. “We did a great job to play hard all day and it paid off in the end.”

Jake Dunham hit a two-run double to put NIU (11-24, 7-5) in front 6-5 in the fifth. Drobushevich then hit a double of his own, giving the Huskies runners at second and third with one out. Smith brought in Dunham with an RBI single to give NIU a 7-5 lead. Jordan Larson walked to load the bases, which led to Drobushevich stealing home to make the score 8-5. That was it for Ambrustmacher, as Tyler Thorington came in to get the last two outs of the NIU fifth. 

Nick Drobushevich put the Huskies up 10-5 in the top of the sixth with a two-run bases loaded single. NIU scored another two runs in the top of the seventh. Larson walked to lead off the frame, then got to second on a Paddy McKermitt bunt single. Mutter drove in Larson with an RBI single for NIU’s 11th run. Szczasny then put down a squeeze bunt to score McKermitt and make the score 12-5. 

Drobushevich was a season-high 4 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored in the nightcap, coming up a home run short of the cycle. He has had a hit in each of the last eight games. Smith had a season-high three RBI while going 2-for-4 at the plate. Michaels earned the win, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief with three strikeouts.

Western Michigan (11-21, 4-6 MAC) took a 4-0 lead in the second inning of game one.

NIU put two runs on the board in the top of the sixth. Drobushevich drove in Lonteen with a sacrifice fly and Larson brought in Dunham with a run-scoring single to make the score 9-3. Both teams scored one run in the eighth to make the final score 10-4, with Drobushevich cracking his second home run of the season. The freshman finished game one 2-for-3 with two RBI.



Barbs third at Minooka: The DeKalb girls were led by Sydney Dumas as the Barbs took third as a team at the Minooka Invite Friday with 104.5 team points. Minooka won the meet with a score of 151.5 points.

Dumas won the 100 meters (12.71 seconds), 200 meters (26.72), was on the first place 4x200 (with Michiah Kirkwood, Paige Walk and Rebecca Shank) and the second place 4x100. Katherine Olsen also won the 3,200 in 11:04.74 and 1,600 in 5:16.75.

Maddie Overton also took second in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 7 inches. Isabelle Dlabel was runner-up in the 400 in 1:03.58. The Barbs were also second in the 4x400.

Sycamore's Hannah Kirby took second in the 800 in 2:26.77. The Spartans were seventh with 30 points.

G-K third at Seneca: Genoa-Kingston's Chloe Gallagher claimed another victory in the pole vault, this time at the Seneca Irish Invitational with a height of 10 feet as the Cogs took third as a team with 75 points. Seneca won with 198 points.

Kaitlyn Jerbi was second in the 3,200 and was on the third place 4x400 relay that also featured Alex Jerbi, Bridget Hughes and Joely Overstreet.

Izabelle Cleaveland's third-place finish in the 3,200 meter run (in 13:44.53) led Hinckley-Big Rock. Cleaveland also nabbed seventh in the 1,600. Ally Mills grabbed seventh in the long jump with her leap of 14 feet, 4 inches.

Indian Creek's Brooke Probst won the high jump with her leap of 5 feet as the Timberwolves finished eighth in the 14 team field.

Cogs boys 4th at Seneca: Genoa-Kingston's Ryan Wade won the 800 meter run in 2:04 to lead the Cogs to fourth place at the Seneca Irish Invite Friday. The Cogs had 77.5 points. Plano won with 127 points.

Wade also took second in the 1,600 in 4:45.1.

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