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Tigresses sweep IVC Tournament

Bryce Hansen gets his cuts in for the Storm Friday at Manlius. The Storm hosted Mendota for 1A regional play Monday.
Bryce Hansen gets his cuts in for the Storm Friday at Manlius. The Storm hosted Mendota for 1A regional play Monday.

The Princeton Tigresses rolled to the championship of the IVC Softball Tournament Friday evening, defeating the host Grey Ghosts 5-2 and Peoria Christian 10-0.

Both Princeton and IVC scored twice in the first inning, but freshman Madison Menzel shut out the Lady Ghosts the rest of the way.

Makenzey Wilson provided the early offense with a two-run single in the first. Abby Jaques, Kat Pranka and Alisa Holmbeck (2-3) each drove in a run as the Tigresses went on to score five runs on five hits.

Menzel twirled a one-hit shutout with no walks to stymie Peoria Christian in the nightcap. She struck out 10. Jaques swung the big bat with a solo homer and a three-run shot. Pranka added a two-run double, knocking in three runs in the game.

The Tigresses (10-8) will face Mendota at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals of the St. Bede Regional.

St. Bede 2-11, BCC 0-4: Lainie Schweickert pitched her second no-hitter in two days with a 13 strikeout performance in a 2-0 Game 1 victory. The Lady Bruins scored one in first after a lead off walk to Lydia Stariha, who stole two bases and scored on an error on a hard hit ball to left by Emmi  Christensen.  

SBA scored again in the fifth as Tara Kunkel led off with a single and stole two bases.  She scored  on a passed ball. 

Christensen picked up a 11-4 win in Game 2, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks while fanning six.

St. Bede 4, Rockridge 1:  After giving up an unearned run in the first inning, Schweickert settled in to throw a no-hitter, striking out 11, while walking four Friday at Benedictine University’s field in Lisle.

Schweickert helped her cause with an inside the park home run, going 2-3 with two RBIs. Tara Kunkel was 2-3 with an RBI,  Stariha tripled and scored and Barbi Prokup was 1-3 with a RBI.


St. Bede 24-8, Decatur St. Teresa 0-12: After rolling St. Teresa for 24 runs on 24 in a 24-0 Game 1 victory Saturday, the Bruins were handed only their second defeat of the season, falling 12-8 in Game 2.

Brad Groleau pitched a five-inning, two hit shutout upping his record to 6-0 while striking out six in the opener. The Bruins were led at the plate by Logan Bima, who went 3-5 with a home run, triple, single and 8 RBIs. Brandon Pietrowski went 4-5 with two doubles, two singles and five RBIs. Also in the hit parade were Bobby Morrow, Jake Postula, and Sam Lucas with three hits each. Groleau, Steven Ebener, Jack Brady, and Michael Bellino added two hits a piece.

Pietrowski (4-2) was tagged for the loss in Game, 6.2 innings and allowing five earned runs over 6.2 innings. Morrow and Postula (2 RBIs) led the Bruin offensive attack with two hits each. Postula also had 2 RBIs. Groleau added a double and Bima added another two RBIs to his day.

The Bruins finish the season with an impressive record of 17-2 going into regional action at Marquette on Wednesday.

Johnny Mac Tournament: the Hall Red Devils proved to be the Big Mac of the Johnny Mac Tournament, hosted by Ottawa Marquette, defeating Sterling Newman 13-2 and Alden-Hebron 12-1.

Taggert Venegas and Pete Mautino had three hits apiece and Danny Nolasco (2 RBIs), Brett Fanning (2 RBIs) and Blake Moreno (3 RBIs) added two each against Newman. Fanning went five innings for the win, striking out 10 while allowing five hits and a walk.

Hall got the big bats rolling again in the second game with Nolasco (3-4, RBI) leading the way. Venegas went 2-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Winning pitcher Austin Schmitt struck out 11 over five innings, allowing four hits and no walks.

St. Bede 5-18, Newman 1-7 (F/S): The St. Bede fresh-soph baseball team ended its season with an 11-1 record, sweeping the Comets Saturday at St. Bede.

Winning pitcher Jarrett Olson allowed two hits and struck out 12 in a 5-1 decision in Game 1.  Leading hitter was Ethan Dittmer.

The Bruins won by the 10-run rule in the second game behind winning pitcher Gabe Braboy. Leading hitters for the Bruins were Andre Hurr (4-5 with a double) and Gabe Braboy (4-5).

St. Bede 4, Seneca 3 (freshmen): Nathan Bartley was winning pitcher, backed by the offense of J. Dittmer (3 hits), E. Dittmer (2 hits) and Olson (2 hits). The freshmen ended up with 3-1 season record.

Erie/Prophetstown 5, Bureau Valley 4: The Panthers rallied to defeat the Storm in the Three Rivers Conference finale at Manlius Saturday. Kyle Rokey drove in two runs for the Storm and Mead added a triple and Bryce Hansen a RBI.

The Storm opened regional play Monday at home vs. Mendota.

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