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Prep Roundup: Burlington Central strikes late, beats Hampshire in baseball

BURLINGTON – The Burlington Central baseball team harnessed a solid offensive approach in the late innings of Monday’s nonconference game against rival Hampshire.

Central scored 11 runs over the fifth and sixth innings to earn a 15-8 win. The Rockets trailed, 6-4, entering the bottom of the fifth.

“We just took good at-bats down the stretch,” Rockets coach Kyle Nelson said. “Got good pitches to hit and made nice swings. We hit pretty well all day, really, but in those two innings, just about every at-bat was a quality at-bat.”

Blake Alexander and Tanner Scott smacked solo home runs in the second inning to keep Central (14-6) close early. Scott finished with three hits, while Alexander had two hits and four RBIs.

Winning pitcher Zach Ranney struck out five in five innings and added a triple at the plate.

St. Charles North 9, York 2: At Elmhurst, Jake Johansmeier had three hits and North won for the seventh time in eight games to improve to 11-7-1. The North Stars scored seven runs in the first inning.

Kaneland 8, Yorkville 6: At Maple Park, Tom Fox had three hits – including a triple – and three RBIs to pace Kaneland’s 11-hit attack. Joe Pollastrini and Ray Barry added two hits apiece for the Knights (13-7, 6-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East).

Aurora Christian 2, Aurora Central Catholic 0: At Aurora, Jake Hanson drove in both runs for visiting Aurora Christian (16-5, 6-2 SCC Gold). Bobby Kuntzendorf and Kenny McCracken struck out eight in a combined four-hitter.

Immaculate Conception 3, Rosary 2 (10 inn.): At Aurora, Samantha Phelps and pitcher Cara Smoczysnki (nine strikeouts) both had two hits for Rosary (6-14, 5-5 SCC Blue).

St. Francis 10, Marian Central 0 (5 inn.): At Wheaton, St. Francis’ winning pitcher, Maggie Remus, improved to 13-1 as the Spartans moved to 17-2 (7-1 SCC Blue).    

Aurora Central Catholic 10, Guerin 5: At River Grove, ACC’s Sarah Ryan scattered seven hits, allowed one earned run and struck out three in a complete-game victory.

St. Edward 10, Aurora Christian 0: At Elgin, Aurora Christian was no-hit in an SCC defeat.

Metea Valley 8, St. Charles East 7:
At St. Charles, East’s Cassie Bossert and Vicki Banas netted singles victories before teaming for a win at No. 1 doubles.

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