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Area roundup: Sycamore softball picks up first win at Geneseo; Huskies softball defeats WMU in 11 innings

Milani Sablan pitched four shutout innings in relief, striking out seven and walking one, in Sycamore’s 2-1 win at Geneseo on Friday.

Haley Trela opened the game with a homer for the Spartans (19-4-2), who didn’t score again until Mia Richards drove in Allison Polly on a double.

It was the first-ever win for the Spartans against the Maple Leafs.
DeKalb rolls past LaSalle-Peru: Amanda Dubeau and Kaitlyn Kolkebeck homered as the Barbs won on the road, 15-4, in six innings.

Kolkebeck had two hits, drove in three runs and scored twice. Dubeau had the one hit, scored twice and drove in two. Mallory Warner and Ashley Nelson each had two hits for the Barbs (8-15), with Nelson allowing one earned run in the complete game.
Kaneland beats Montini in Marengo tourney: The Knights won, 8-2, in a rematch of the Class 3A state championship game last year.

Olivia Ortegel and Rose Roach homered for the Knights (19-5). Roach had three hits and three RBIs, while Ortegel had two hits and two RBIs. Olivia Stoke was 3 for 4, and Kellie Fabbri was 2 for 3.

Emilee Erickson struck out eight in five innings for the win.

IC softball swept: The Timberwolves (6-12) lost at home to Somonauk, 12-0, in Game 1, and 8-4, in Game 2.

Mary Todd was 2 for 3 in a Game 2 loss with three RBIs, and Amelia Konen added a hit and an RBI.


Kaneland: The Knights placed fourth at the 101st Kane County meet at West Aurora. Geneva (124) won the outright team title for the first time since 1945, followed by Batavia (121), West Aurora (80) and Kaneland (65).

Kaneland’s Colton Doll took second in the long jump (21 feet, 5.75 inches), Porter Conroy was third in the high jump (5-11), Drew Hahn was third in the shot put (50-6.5) and the 1,600-meter relay team of Ted Allen, Max Gagne, Chris Angelotti and Austin Adams took third (3:31.42). Adams also took third in the 800 (1:58.24).

Sycamore leads in eighth: The Spartans were leading at Morris, 8-5, when the game was suspended because of darkness.

Gage Armstrong had three hits for the Spartans. Logan Riley, Austin Steele and Jared Grubbs had two hits each.
Kaneland blanks Wheaton: All three Kaneland starters made an appearance in a 3-0 win at Wheaton Academy, combining on a no-hitter.

Alex Buchanan started and got the win, striking out six in three innings. Angel Acevedo and Nik Panico each struck out five in two innings of work.

Joe Born drove in two runs for the Knights (19-7). Panico had two hits.

Indian Creek swept by Somonauk: The Timberwolves lost, 6-5, in Game 1, and 6-0, in Game 2.

Somonauk scored three in the sixth of Game 1 for the win. R.J. McCoy had one of IC’s four hits and scored twice.

The second game was called after five innings. Indian Creek (6-9) was no-hit in the loss.

DeKalb loses at Yorkville: The Barbs lost, 6-0.

Knights win at New Berlin tourney: Kaneland beat Kenosha-Indian Trail, 5-0.

Huskies score two in bottom of 11th for win: NIU knocked off Western Michigan, 4-3, in Mid-American Conference play.

Jenny Van Geertry tied the game with a single, scoring Kara Apato, then scored on a single by Katie Keller.

“She didn’t have a great day offensively or defensively,” NIU coach Christina Sutcliffe said. “For her to come up, again, with the game on the line, you’re almost like, ‘Well, she’s due at this point.’ She sat on the change up and was able to drive it up the middle and get the hit.”

Van Geertry, Keller, Kira Mickelson and Apato had two hits each for NIU (25-22, 10-8, MAC).


NIU falls to Ball State: The Huskies opened their weekend MAC series with a 6-2 loss at Ralph McKinzie Field.

“Friday nights are going to be tight games, and that’s what this was,” coach Mike Kunigonis said. “I think the score doesn’t really dictate how tight the game was. We have to make the necessary adjustments, come out tomorrow and battle.”

Dylan Lonteen, Nick Drobushevich and Kam Smith had two hits each for the Huskies (14-30, 10-9) against the Cardinals (29-15, 13-4).

• Josh Welge contributed to this report. He can be reached at

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