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GOLF

Bowers cards 68 to grab lead: Jan Bowers shot a 4-under par 68 on Saturday to take the first-round lead in the Bloomington-Normal Women’s Medal Play Golf Tournament at Ironwood Golf Course.

Bowers carries a seven-shot lead into today’s final round. Jessica Knepp carded a 3-over 75 and is in second place.

Donna Peterson and Tabby Bell are tied for third in the 15-player field after shooting 80s.

SOFTBALL

Lady Angels win 2 of 3: Amanda Hainlen hit two home runs as the BNGSA Lady Angels 23-under team won two of three games in the USSSA World Series at Rockford.

Hainlen and Ariel Frantz hit homers in a 9-2 victory over the Bloomington Hearts. Molly McCready got the win, with Lauren Kellar, Kimmy Hassel and Sam Riss each adding two hits and an RBI.

Kellar had four hits and Hainlen and Riss added two each in a 6-5 win over the McHenry County Heatwave. Megan Nonnemacher (15-4) struck out seven.

Hainlen’s solo homer was the lone run in a 4-1 loss the Indiana Slammers. McCready (15-5) took the loss. The Angels (30-9) continue play Sunday.

Hearts see season end: The Bloomington Hearts went 2-2 and were eliminated from the USSSA World Series at Rockford. The Hearts lost to the BNGSA Lady Angels, 9-2; defeated the Fox Valley Renegades, 6-4; beat the Wisconsin Elite, 7-6; and suffered a season-ending 4-2 loss to the Ohio Magic.

Lindsey Friedman, Keri Leach and Hannah Gardner hit home runs against Fox Valley. Leach and Gardner also connected against the Elite before Stephanie Gallant hit a three-run walk-off home run.

Courtney Martin, Gardner and Lizzie Andrews each had two hits against Ohio.

BASEBALL

18 Gold win twice: The BNBA 18 Gold downed the Rangers Midwest Scout Team, 10-0, in five innings and defeated the DTA Wildcats, 4-2, to move into the semifinals of the Diamond Sports Promotions World Series at Bloomington-Normal.

Jacob Hendren (5-1) was the winning pitcher in the first game, hurling a one-hitter with seven strikeouts. Jared Hendren led the offense with three hits and two RBI. Jacob Hendren added two hits and two RBIs and Taylor Morgan had two hits and one RBI.

Nick Barnhill (5-1) picked up the win in game two with Matthew Mardis earning the save. Eric Fight had two hits and Jacob Hendren two RBIs.

The Gold (36-8-3) takes on the Knights of Under Armor at 9 a.m. Sunday at ISU’s Duffy Bass Field.

17 Gold advance to semis: The BNBA 17 Gold beat Top Tier, 9-0, and the Springfield Bobcats, 7-1, to advance to the semifinals of the Diamond Sports Promotions World Series.

Michael Lewis had two hits, drove in a run and combined with Alex Jefferson on a three-hitter on the mound against Top Tier. Jacob Evans had two hits and Josh Appel hit a solo home run.

Kent Frantz was the winning pitcher and also had two hits and an RBI against Springfield. Mitch Casino added two hits and two RBIs and Evans drove in two runs.

The Gold (29-10) faces the Fox Valley Royals at 9 a.m. Sunday at Illinois Wesleyan’s Horenberger Field.

Snipes split two in tourney: Mike Failoni and Luke Mottashed hit home runs as the Lexington Snipes beat the Joliet Dirt Bags, 10-0, to earn a split of their pool play games in the Snipes Invitational at Lexington. The Snipes (29-18) lost their tourney opener, 5-4, to the Springfield Rush.

Failoni had a solo shot and Mottashed a two-run homer against Joliet. Adam Ariola added two hits and scored twice, while Kyle Rutledge had two hits and two RBIs. Clint Stroud (5-1) got the win. Cale Robinson had a double and two RBIs against Springfield.

All six teams finished 1-1 in pool play.

SWIMMING

Lighty leads Redbird Club: Samantha Lighty of the Redbird Swim Club won six events in the first three days of the Illinois Age Group Championships at Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Lighty won the 10-under girls 200 IM (2:41.70), 100 freestyle (1:03.86), 200 freestyle (2:17.36), 50 butterfly (31.84), 100 butterfly (1:10.94), and 50 freestyle (30.03). Her times in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly set state records and are best in the nation this year.

Hannah Boyd won the 13-14 girls 100 freestyle (58.13), 400 freestyle (4:22.31) and 200 freestyle (2:04.85). Other winners were the girls 13-14 800 freestyle relay (8:47.93) of Jordan Peterson, Elizabeth Madison, Katie Kennedy and Boyd; Alex Binkley in the 11-12 200 butterfly (2:30.55); and Bloomington’s Colton Stogner in the 11-12 50 breaststroke (34.58).

Waves set state mark: Bloomington YMCA Waves swim team members Melissa Pish, Sarah Leddick, Victoria Mata and Grace Ariola set a state record and nation leading time of 4:09.60 while winning the 11-12 girls 400-meter freestyle relay Saturday in the Illinois Age Group Championships at Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Ariola also won the 200 IM in 2:27.53, fifth-fastest in the nation this season for girls age 12. Yezan Alsader won the 11-12 boys 200 IM in a nation-leading 2:24.70.

The meet ends Sunday.

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