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Jake Swartz and Matt Taylor combined on a no-hitter as University High School's baseball team won, 11-1, in five innings over host Decatur Eisenhower on Saturday.

Swartz worked two innings, fanning five and walking none while allowing one unearned run. Taylor got the win after working three innings, fanning four and walking one.

MacCallan Conklin had a double and two RBIs for the Pioneers (20-6), who got two hits apiece from Bailey Klemmensen, Drew Ziebarth and Jack Feely.

Normal West wins: Winning pitcher Brandon Roth provided three hits and three RBIs for Normal West during a 10-2 victory at Danville. Roth fanned five and walked three while scattering five hits in seven innings.

Cody Hardt added two hits and three RBIs for the Wildcats (22-6, 12-1). West's 12 hits included two apiece from Austin Collinson and C.J. Lewis.

Kahwaji, NCHS win: Sam Kahwaji had two hits including a double to drive in five runs for Normal Community (21-6) during a 9-4, five-inning victory over visiting Belleville East (14-15). Jack Schirpke drove in two runs for the Ironmen. Reliever Will Dowell (3-0) got the win.

Saints prevail: Central Catholic (12-18) received two RBIs apiece from winning pitcher Jonathan Naour (5-0), Patrick Mulcahey, Zach Tomerlin and Ben Winslow during an 11-1, five-inning victory over visiting Peru St. Bede.

BHS triumphs: Brady Neuhaus had two hits and two RBIs for Bloomington (10-17, 7-6) during a 7-2 victory at Peoria Richwoods. Winning pitcher Jesse Goropesek (2-4) fanned nine and allowed one earned run in seven innings. Liam McGill had two of the Purple Raiders' five hits.

Blue Ridge romps: Aaron Jayne tossed a two-hitter and drove in three runs as Blue Ridge (11-14) won 11-1 in four innings against visiting Ridgeview (0-21). 

Pontiac splits: Evan Trevino's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh made Pontiac a 2-1 winner over Woodstock North in the LaSalle-Peru Tournament, where the Indians lost to the host school, 3-0.


NCHS downs Champaign: Addy Boundy and Alison Kern hit home runs as Normal Community defeated Champaign Central, 13-3, in six innings in a Big 12 Conference game at Normal.

Boundy had two hits and four RBIs, while Kaitlyn Egenes and Jenny White each added three hits and two RBIs for NCHS (7-13, 4-2). Freshman Leigha Luering struck out six, walked one and allowed one earned run.

Central wins two at Rockford: Kayla Stenger delivered a game-winning, RBI single in the eighth inning to give Central Catholic a 3-2 win over Rockton Hononegah at Rockford. It was the first of three games for the Saints, who lost to Rockford Harlan, 8-4, before shutting out Rock Island Alleman, 2-0.

Stenger's game-winning hit in the opener was one of three hits she had in the game, including a double. Winning pitcher Bailey Coffman went the distance, allowing four hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out 12.

Kylie Gibbs hit a solo home run against Harlan. Stenger added two hits with losing pitcher Harley Schade also contributing two hits.

Schade bounced back to pitch three scoreless innings in the finale to grab her 10th win against five losses. Coffman also pitched four scoreless innings in relief. Stenger had two hits for the Saints (23-11).

U High shut out: Mount Zion's Ally Bruner fanned 10 while pitching a one-hitter during a 10-0, six-inning victory over visiting University High. Abby Knight had the Pioneers' hit.

Pontiac tipped: Peyton Trost had two hits and an RBI for Pontiac in a 3-2 loss to Chicago Whitney Young in the Illinois Coaches Association Tournament at Barrington. Madison Weber also had two hits for the Indians. Pontiac (26-4) topped Herscher, 7-2, in three innings as winning pitcher Sydney Barnett swatted a home run.

Fisher tops Dee-Mack: Sydney Eichelberger tossed a four-hitter, fanned nine in seven innings and helped her cause with three hits as Fisher topped visiting Deer Creek-Mackinaw, 3-1.


Big 12 tourney postponed: The Big 12 Conference Tournament at various Bloomington-Normal sites was postponed because of inclement weather until 3 p.m. Monday.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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