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Prep Roundup: Kaneland softball wins NI Big 12 East opener

ROCHELLE – The Kaneland softball team thrived Thursday in its first in-state game of the season, defeating Rochelle, 10-4, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East game.

The Knights (4-1, 1-0 NI Big 12 East) started the season by winning three of four games on a spring break trip to Kentucky.

Senior second baseman Sarah Grams went 3 for 4 with four RBIs for the Knights.

“She kind of got people going,” Kaneland coach Brian Willis said. “It was one of those games where people kind of fed off of Sarah today. She was pretty much our catalyst offensively.”

Senior Elissa Eckert (3-0) was the winning pitcher for the Knights, who will return to action Saturday in a recently scheduled doubleheader at Batavia.

St. Charles North 10, Wheaton Warrenville South 7: At St. Charles, Sabrina Rabin went 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored and Mickey Goetz went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to help North (4-0) remain unbeaten.

Burlington Central 3, Marengo 0: At Burlington, Brooke Gaylord threw a complete game four-hitter to lead Central (6-1, 2-0 Big Northern East) to the win.

Mt. Assist 10, Wheaton Academy 7: At Lemont, Wheaton Academy (1-1) fell in nonconference play.


South Elgin 2, St. Charles East 1 (9 inn.): At St. Charles, East’s Nick Huskisson pitched seven innings of shutout ball but the Saints dropped the Upstate Eight Conference crossover in extra innings. Jack Dellostritto was the lone Saint with two hits.

St. Charles North 18, East Aurora 3 (5 inn.): At St. Charles, North scored the game’s first 15 runs spanning the first three innings to dominate the UEC crossover.

Rockton Hononegah 4, Kaneland 0: At Rockton, Kaneland (2-6) managed only two hits and dropped the nonconference game.

Aurora Central Catholic 4, Wheaton Academy 1: At Aurora, Matt Miller threw a complete game for ACC by striking out 12, while also contributing a triple and two RBIs for the Chargers (5-1). Shawn Soris added three hits for ACC.

Burlington Central 19, Marengo 9 (5 inn.): At Marengo, Alex Bell went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and Mike Scott added two hits and four RBIs to boost Central (3-1, 2-0 Big Northern East).


Augsburg-Drach Invite: Host St. Charles East and Naperville Central battled to a scoreless tie in a closely contested match in the second round of pool play. Shannon Rasmussen hit the crossbar in the best scoring chance for East (5-1-1).

Also in pool play at the tournament, Geneva fell for the second straight night, this time to Schaumburg, 2-1. Amanda Lulek scored an unassisted goal for the Vikings (3-4).

Blackhawk Tournament: At Aurora, Rosary (3-1-1) defeated East Aurora, 7-0, behind two goals from Olivia Cozzoni and two assists from Eden Warda.


South Elgin 2, Wheaton Academy 1 (22-25, 25-23, 27-25): At South Elgin, Wheaton Academy fell as South Elgin’s Nate Marotta supplied 22 kills.


Batavia 4, St. Charles North 3: At St. Charles, Batavia won three of the four doubles matches, including a win at No. 1 doubles from Adam Maris and Jeff Jordan, to win the match.

North’s Dominick Amalraj beat Ryan Sterling at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-0.

Geneva 7, Streamwood 0: At Geneva, Nick Huang, Nick McCarty and Brad Burgess each earned straight-sets singles wins for the Vikings.


Geneva 15, Streamwood 0: At Streamwood, Geneva swept UEC River foe Streamwood, including a 21-11, 21-11 win at No. 1 singles for Ann Green.

Glenbard West 11, St. Charles East 4: At Glen Ellyn, Krupa Patel was victorious in both singles and doubles for East, which dropped the nonconference match.


Neuqua Valley 14, St. Charles North 7: At St. Charles, North (5-7-1) lost despite two goals apiece from Justin Simmonds and Kyle Gannon.

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