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Baseball

Prep roundup: DeKalb baseball falls late to Belvidere North; NIU baseball wins

DeKalb baseball lost a close road game to Belvidere North Friday, succumbing 7-6.

Bryan Mora pitched five innings, but did not factor into the decision. Tucker Ikens took the loss. Jarrett Sykes two hits and two RBIs. James Keck added two hits. DeKalb plays at home Saturday versus Burlington Central.

Knights win close affair: Kaneland grabbed a 2-1 victory over St. Charles North.

The Knights scored both of their runs in the sixth inning. Kaneland pitchers Angel Acevedo and Nik Paniko combined to strick out 12 in the win.

Thomas Shaw and Dalton Askew each had an RBI apiece for Kaneland.

Hiawatha downs Serena: The Hawks shut down Serena, winning 7-1.

Austin Sunderlage had two hits and two RBIs for the Hawks. Austin Brantley drove in two more runs for Hiawatha. Mitchell Manka scored two runs in the victory.


SOFTBALL

Indian Creek loses narrowly: The Timberwolves fell to Newark in nine innings, 5-4.

Kaneland falls to Geneseo: The Knights couldn't slow down Geneseo in a 7-3 loss.

Geneseo scored four runs in the first and three in the second to put the Knights behind. Donatella Sommesi, Olivia Ortegel and Rose Roach each had a hit for Kaneland.

Hawks sink Serena: Late offense allowed Hiawatha to claim a 5-2 win over Serena.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Huskies hold on: The Northern Illinois University baseball team won its series opener against the Ohio Bobcats Friday afternoon by a score of 7-6 at Ralph McKinzie Field.

“Every weekend is a grind and a battle,” said head coach Mike Kunigonis. “All seven of our games could have gone either way, and that’s what league play is. We have to continue to battle, and today was a good start to the series.”

NIU (8-21, 4-3) wasted no time getting on the board in the bottom of the first. Tommy Szczasny led off with a single and got to third base on a Brendan Joyce double. After a groundout, Jake Dunham cleared the bases with a double to right field to make the score 3-2. Dunham advanced to third on a groundout. Kam Smith then put the Huskies ahead with his first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence to give NIU a 4-3 lead.

“It was a great answer,” Kunigonis said. “They scored three, so we scored four. That’s what good teams do. When you’re a good team, you’re a tight knit group and you pick each other up.”

The Huskies tacked on another run in the bottom of the third. Nick Drobushevich laced a two-out RBI single to left field to score Dylan Lonteen and give NIU a 5-3 lead. Hedmark settled in from there. The freshman lefty had a pair of strikeouts in both the third and fourth innings to keep Ohio (8-19, 3-4 MAC) off the scoreboard. He also worked out of a bases loaded situation in the fifth by getting Funderburg to popout to Lonteen at shortstop to end the inning.

NIU put two insurance runs on the board in the bottom half of the eighth inning on a two-run single by Lonteen to take a 7-3 lead into the final inning.

Joyce was 2-for-3 in the game, scoring two runs. Lonteen was 2-for-4 with two RBI, giving him 11 RBI in Mid-American Conference play. Dunham and Smith also had two RBI. Hedmark gave NIU a quality start, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He scattered nine hits, walking two with five strikeouts.

Game two of the series between NIU and Ohio is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Ralph McKinzie Field.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Home run sinks Huskies: The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a tough, 3-1, setback in the series opener against Miami at Mary M. Bell Field Friday.

With two on and one out, and the Huskies (16-19, 3-5) leading 1-0, Lily Wilmot launched a three-run homer of the left centerfield fence to give Miami (19-12, 4-2) its first lead of the game.

The RedHawks began the rally when Morgan Lott ripped a double down the left field line and dodged the tag of Dominique Greeno. Mackenzie Bryan who was pitching a one- hitter up until the Lott double, hit the next batter to put two on.

Bryan, who flirted with a no-hitter on Tuesday was impressive against Miami. She struck out six batters while walking only one. At one point, she retired 10 in a row and struck out the side in the top of the sixth.

“Unfortunately, one swing cost her the game,” said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe. “She really threw a gem minus the one kid. It’s too bad for her.”

Anne Allen, who went 5-for-8 in a pair of games against Tuesday against Ball State, with two RBIs and three runs scored, drove in NIU’s lone run of the game. With Jenny Van Geertry on second and two outs, the Huskie junior delivered a single up the middle to score Van Geertry and give NIU a 1-0 first inning lead.

The Huskies continue their series with Miami with a doubleheader with the RedHawks at Mary M. Bell Field Saturday. First pitch for game one will start at 1 p.m. with game two to follow.

LATE THURSDAY

G-K holds on in wild ending: After Rockford Christian tied the game with 90 seconds remaining, Sasha Krueger scored twice in the final minute for a 4-2 Genoa-Kingston victory.

Rachel Younker, who assisted on the last two goals, opened the scoring in the 6th minute unassisted on a corner kick.

Neither team scored for 47 minutes until Giselle Serna found Lily McPherson. The Royal Lions tied the game with goals in the 65th and 78th minutes before the last G-K surge.

The Cogs improved to 3-1-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Northern Conference.

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