CARLYLE – More than one-third of the 66-boat field at Friday’s opening day of the IHSA bass fishing state tournament went without a bite at downstate Carlyle Lake.
The three boats from the Tri-Cities were not among that number.
St. Charles North’s boat No. 2 led the way, ending the day 15th with a haul of five fish weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Jake Lewandowski reeled in the group’s big bass with a catch weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
“Action was good early,” North boat captain Dave Fuerst said. “We had probably three fish by 9 [a.m.], and then we went cold for quite awhile and literally in the final five minutes of the day caught our final two keeper fish.”
Day 1 competition began at 7 a.m. and ended around 1:30 p.m. – 90 minutes earlier than initially scheduled – due to incoming storms.
“It would have been nice to fish a little longer, but safety first, of course,” Fuerst said.
The tournament concludes with fishing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Geneva (21st place) and North’s boat No. 1 (29th) also were part of the field.
Batavia 10, Elgin 9: At Batavia, the host Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win a wild UEC River game after spotting the Maroons an 8-0 lead in the first inning.
Ryanne Rokos and Toni Galas had three hits each and Nicole Peercy pitched six innings of one-run relief for the Bulldogs.
St. Charles East 13, Streamwood 3 (5 inn.): At Streamwood, East scored 10 runs in the top of the fifth in polishing off Streamwood. Sarah Collalti (2 for 4, three RBIs) and winning pitcher Alex Latoria (2 for 4, two RBIs) helped stir the offense for East (23-5, 13-2 UEC River).
Marian Central 8, Wheaton Academy 2: At Woodstock, Wheaton Academy (12-8, 7-5) dropped the SCC contest.
Sectionals: St. Charles East placed fourth out of five teams at the Buffalo Grove Sectional while St. Charles North finished fifth out of six teams at the Glenbard North Sectional.
Geneva, which hosted a sectional Thursday, produced three qualifying entries. Melanie Burkhardt won the singles competition, while the doubles team of Cara Birschbach and Nila Kannankeril also earned a sectional crown. The doubles team of Elena Kelly and Halle Marten advanced, as well.
The state tournament will be May 16-17 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Libertyville 8, St. Charles North 7 (2OT): North’s Keegan Well scored at the end of regulation to force overtime but the North Stars fell just short.