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A marathon day that included three rain delays and a three-hour change of venue ended with the Illinois Wesleyan baseball team dropping an 8-7, 10-inning decision to North Central in the championship game of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament on Saturday.

The game started at Zimmerman Stadium in Naperville, but rain moved the game in the fifth inning to the turfed Lee Pfund Stadium in Carol Stream.

Scoring five runs in the fifth, the Titans held a 7-6 lead and were one out away from grabbing the crown when two walks and a single tied the game at 7-7, sending it into extra innings.

North Central (31-11) scored a run off losing pitcher Nick Brune (5-3) in the 10th to the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. IWU fell to 24-19.

The Titans had 13 hits with Brandon Skopick, Stephen Billington and Seth Palmby contributing two each. Jeran Simpson had two RBIs.

Earlier, IWU stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament with an 8-2 win over Millikin at Naperville. Freshman outfielder Evan Ranneklev had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Skopick had two hits.

Starting pitcher Evan Hill (1-2) was credited with the pitching victory.


Beattie, Smith win MVC titles: ISU's Grace Beattie and Kameesha Smith won in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships at Terre Haute, Ind. Beattie prevailed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10 minutes, 21.17 seconds while Smith high jumped 5 feet, 9¼ inches.

After seven events, the ISU women lead with 77 points. After nine men's events, the Redbirds are third (72.25) behind Northern Iowa (85.25) and Indiana State (75.25).

The Redbirds' James Brandenburg finished second in the decathlon with 6,727 points. In the women's heptathlon, ISU's Jordyn Bruce took third with 4,758 points. In the women's high jump, Kristin Higg was second (5-8) and Tessa Holland third (5-7).

Taylor Weaver took second in the women's shot put (50-6¾) while Logan Calvin was third in the men's shot put (59-3).


Red Devils bow out of NCAA: The Eureka College softball team dropped a 7-3 decision to Coe College in an NCAA Division III Regional Tournament elimination game. Only the second team to make the tournament in school history, Eureka ended its season 27-8.


Riegler delivers for Sandburg: Olympia graduate Isaac Riegler had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning to help Carl Sandburg to a 6-5 win over Black Hawk and keep the Chargers alive in the NJCAA Region IV tournament at Galesburg.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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