GENEVA – Sophomore shortstop Nick Derr clubbed three home runs Saturday, including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Geneva baseball team rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat Conant, 13-12.
Derr entered the day with one high school home run but unloaded on Conant.
"It just went great," Derr said. "All I tried to do is drive it to the gaps, and the ball carried a little bit and got out, so I was happy about that."
Derr hit two of his home runs to left-center and the other to straightaway center. He acknowledged it being a great day to hit.
"I know once I got to the field, I plucked a couple grass pieces off the ground and let it loose, and [the wind] was going straight out to left," Derr said. "I was very excited to see it was going out to left."
Geneva (7-0) trailed, 10-3, before tying the game with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. The score was tied at 12 when Derr ended it with a solo home run with two outs in the seventh.
Derr was 4-for-5 on the day with four RBIs. Ben Chally also homered for the Vikings, who used four pitchers in the game.
St. Charles East 4, Glenbard North 0: At St. Charles, Kyle Cook (2-1) pitched a shutout for East while Brannon Barry had three hits, Reid Olson two doubles and an RBI and Alex Abate two RBIs for the Saints (6-2).
Kaneland 11, Sterling 3: At Sterling, sophomore Joe Laudont homered, tripled and walked twice while Joe Panico and Ty Carlson each had a pair of hits as Kaneland (3-3) won the Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover.
St. Charles East 6-9, Fremd 1-8: At St. Charles, Mackenzie Lofgren homered in the first game and Alex Latoria homered in the second game to help power East (9-2) to a doubleheader sweep. Haley Beno struck out seven and allowed five hits for the complete game win in Game 1.
Geneva 4, Wheaton North 2: At Geneva, Annika Radabaugh went 3-for-3 and McKenna Schimmel drove in two runs in support of winning pitcher Rachel Fanella for Geneva (4-2).
Shepard 10-19, Wheaton Academy 1-7: At West Chicago, Wheaton Academy (5-2) was swept in the non-conference doubleheader.
Pepsi Tournament: St. Charles North (6-1) got a goal and an assist from Sophie Pohl and Morgan Rerko also scored while Shelby Stitz made four saves in North's 2-0 win against Hinsdale South.
West Aurora Tournament: Kaneland defeated Rosary for the second time in less than a week, beating the Royals, 2-0, in tournament play. Kiandra Powell and Heather Ortiz scored for the Knights (2-0).
St. Charles East Invite: East won its own invitational, defeating Oswego in the championship match, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22.
Luke Spicer had 52 kills and five aces, Joey Leaman had 44 digs and Jake Lauger added 39 assists in the tournament for the Saints. East (8-4) defeated Elgin, West Chicago, Fenton, Geneva and Oswego to go 5-0 in the tournament.
The Vikings finished third in the eight-team field.
Marian Catholic Tournament: St. Charles North placed third in the tournament, beating host Marian losing to Morton and beating Plainfield East on the final day. Nic Cook and Drew Lanz had 39 digs apiece for North (6-7), while Jeff Rollins added 49 assists and 19 kills.
Glenbard East Springfest Tournament: St. Francis (7-1) beat Lake Forest, Larkin, Benet and Glenbard North but lost to Neuqua Valley in three games.
Les Hodge Invitational: St. Charles North's Jack Feeney won the 200-meter dash (23.63 seconds) and the 400 (52.80) seconds. Host Batavia produced the top four finishers in the 800, led by Ryan Wieties (2:02.36).
Other local individual event winners included Burlington Central's Casey Matthews (100 meters, 10.58 seconds), St. Charles North's Steve Lewandowski (1,600, 4:46.65), Geneva's Blaine Bartel (3,200, 10:33.27), Burlington Centrals' Lucas Ege (110-meter hurdles, 14.90 and 300 hurdles, 40.82), North's Erik Miller (high jump, 6-02 and long jump, 21-0), North's JT Grill (pole vault, 13-06), Burlington Central's Diontae Smith (triple jump, 40-10), Geneva's Jason D'Amico (shot put, 49-0) and North's Tom Lindholm (discus, 137-11).
UTHS Kiwanis Invitational: At East Moline, Kaneland finished third in the 12-team meet, with the Knights' Nathaniel Kucera winning the 800 in 1:56.9.
Bloomington Invitational: St. Charles North won the downstate event for the first time in program history. Every North entry qualified for the semifinals and Grant Spellman and Aaron Amburgey prevailed against highly regarded competition at No. 1 doubles. Matt Ernst (No. 1 singles), Matt Kramer (No. 2 singles), Mitch Riggs and Keith Hedges (No. 2 doubles) and Brady Goldsworth and Peter O'Brien (No. 3 doubles) also factored in as each of North's doubles teams made it to the finals.
“As a coach, I was so proud of the way we fought the entire tournament," North coach Sean Masoncup wrote in an email. "We won all three-set matches we were in. It was just a tremendous day for these great young men and it's a steppingstone to get into the meat of our season with East next week.”
Downers Grove North Invitational: Batavia won the tournament championship.
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Naperville North Tournament: St. Charles North beat Stagg and Schuamburg but fell to top-ranked Naperville North to finish second in the tournament. John Pretet had eight goals for North (11-4-1).