ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East softball team scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth innings to finish off Batavia via mercy rule, 11-1, in Monday’s Upstate Eight Conference River makeup game.
Leadoff hitter Tess Hupe went 3 for 4 and cleanup hitter Kate Peterburs maintained her recent hot streak with a home run and three RBIs while going 2 for 3.
Winning pitcher Haley Beno (16-4) allowed only one hit and struck out eight in five innings as the Saints (26-5, 16-2 UEC River) took momentum into today’s showdown at St. Charles North.
Freshman Rachael Lovestrand had the lone hit and RBI for Batavia (8-18, 6-11), tying the game at 1 in the top of the fourth.
DeKalb 7, Burlington Central 2: At Burlington, Central dropped the nonconference matchup despite Bekah Harnish going 3 for 3 with two triples.
Montini 9, Wheaton Academy 7: At Lombard, Wheaton Academy pitcher Michelle Ridderhoff belted a three-run home run in the top of the first, but the Warriors (13-10, 8-7 Suburban Christian Conference Gold) were unable to upset 23-6 Montini in the SCC crossover.
Aurora Central Catholic 13, Elmwood Park 0: At Aurora, Hunter Fiorito homered, Matt Rahn had three hits and Andrew Bruss tossed a complete-game shutout for ACC (17-14).
Benet 2, Geneva 0 (25-21, 25-21): At Geneva, Nick Buseski had 11 kills, Chris Parrilli added seven kills and David Franz added 17 assists as the Vikings dropped the nonconference match.
St. Francis 2, Providence Catholic 1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-18): At New Lenox, Robert Smith dished 34 assists, Jeff Jendryk had 15 kills and five blocks and Joe Denny added 13 kills as St. Francis (29-5) moved within three victories of tying the program record for wins in a season.
St. Charles co-op 12, Schaumburg 2: At Hoffman Estates, St. Charles prevailed in the opening round of sectional play.