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Area roundup: Hiawatha falls in final; IC boys track season finishes; NIU wins

The season ended for the Hiawatha softball team Friday with a 5-1 loss to South Beloit in the championship of the Class 1A Pecatonica Regional.

Brooke Braden struck out 10 in the loss, allowing four hits and three earned runs. She also had two of the Hawks’ four hits.

The SoBos will face the winner of Orangeville versus Lena-Winslow in the first round of the Durand sectional.

Sycamore tops Rock Falls: The Spartans won at home, 13-2.

Kenzie Schlosser had two hits and drove in three runs. Hannah Mizgalski gave up two earned runs in four innings.


IC, H-BR seasons end: The Timberwolves and Royals didn’t advance any athletes from the Class 1A Orion Sectional.

Indian Creek was ninth in the 17-team field with 20.25 points, while Hinckley-Big Rock was 17th with four points.


Crofoot strong in Sycamore win: Gavin Crofoot allowed one earned run and four hits in five innings while striking out eight as the Spartans beat Plano, 9-3.

Gage Armstrong had three hits, two doubles and two RBIs while scoring twice. Logan Riley, Crofoot and Kevin Rink had two hits apiece, with Rink driving in three runs.


NIU beats Bowling Green: The Huskies used a five-run fifth inning Friday to defeat the Falcons, 7-5, at Ralph McKinzie Field.

“We did a good job grinding through at-bats and had a big inning that solidified the game,” coach Mike Kunigonis said. “The back end of our bullpen was fantastic. Nate Thomas did a great job closing the game.”

Kam Smith hit a home run in the fifth for the Huskies (18-34, 14-12). Mike Drobushevich and Dylan Lonteen each had two hits.

The Huskies and Falcons (16-33, 8-18) wrap up the regular season Saturday.

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