WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Lady Irish win, Seneca boys runner-up at Irish Invite

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Lady Irish win, Seneca boys runner-up at Irish Invite

TRACK AND FIELD

Lady Irish win, Seneca boys runner-up at Irish Invite

Ottawa 10th at ABC Invite

OTTAWA – The OTHS boys’ track and field team recorded 48 points. Lincoln-Way East claimed the team title with 219 points to hold off Metamora by 11 points.

The Pirates’ best A flight finishes came from Kyle Haerle, who was fourth in the triple jump (38 feet, 2 inches) and fifth in the pole vault (10-6). Ottawa added a sixth place finish in the 800-meter relay (1 minute, 42.74 seconds).

In B flight, Marcos Serna took third in the pole vault (9-0). Jacob Ovanic was fourth in the discus (118-1), Anthony Bianchi was fifth in the triple jump (29-9), Joe Ovanic placed sixth in the high jump (5-2), Adam Zuniga added a sixth place finish in the high jump (17-3 3/4) and Deklan Ragan was sixth in the 110 hurdles (20.66).

Zuniga matched the Pirates’ best finish of the day with a third place run in the C-flight 100-meter dash (12.44). Also in C flight, Luke Kaminski was third in the pole vault (8-6), Joe Ovanic threw for third in the discus (106-8), Matt Ruiz placed fifth in the 110 hurdles (20.72), Logan Tarbox scored a fifth place finish in the long jump (16-9) and Ragan was sixth in the triple jump (29-8 1/4).

BASEBALL

Ottawa drops two

ROCHELLE – The Pirates (8-5, 1-2) led 10-1 through 3 1/2 innings Friday but allowed Rochelle to score 17 times over the final three frames. The Hubs won the rubber match of their NIB12 West series, 18-13.

John Bruner had a career 4 for 5 day with two RBIs, Ben Lundy hit his third home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field, and Jace Addis slugged a bases-clearing double, finishing with three hits and four RBIs.

Addis pitched four innings and allowed eight runs, but only one was earned. Bradley Ruger (1-1) took the loss.

Saturday, the Pirates hosted Sycamore for a NIB12 crossover tilt.

Marquette remains unbeaten

OTTAWA – A 10-run second inning propelled the Crusaders to a 16-1 win againast Hinckley-Big Rock in five innings Saturday.

Luke Couch had a single and three RBIs, Jalen Flavel added a pair of hits and an RBI, and Hunter McAlpine (2-0) struck out five in an abbreviated complete game victory for Marquette (14-0).

Seneca outscores Streator

STREATOR – The Fighting Irish (9-4) allowed 12 hits but pinged out 13 of their own in a 10-6 road victory Friday.

Sam Grushkin connected on his fifth home run of the season, Myles Mitchell doubled twice and added a triple, and T.J. Van Ness drove in three runs with a single and a double.

Winning pitcher Cole Underhill (3-0) allowed five earned runs in six innings. He struck out five in the ballgame.

No results were available for the Bulldogs.

Streator swept by Washington in Saturday double dip

Serena holds off Amboy, then drops twin bill to Fieldcrest

SERENA – The Huskers scored a 6-5 win over Amboy on Friday, led by two hits and two RBIs from Ivan Stafford. Connor Holdiman also plated a pair of runs. Brandt Faivre tossed two shutout innings of relief for the win, and Stafford got the final three outs to earn the save.

Serena then dropped a 22-1 decision to Fieldcrest in five innings Saturday, followed by an 11-6 loss. Connor Baker had two hits in the opener, and added three more hits and an RBI in the nightcap. Brody Faivre singled twice and drove in two runs in the second game for the Huskers (4-8).

SOFTBALL

Ottawa takes two of three at Marengo Tournament

MARENGO – The No. 1-ranked Lady Pirates opened play Saturday with a 4-3 win over host Marengo. Zoe Harris hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the fourth inning. Abby Bukantis (1-0) allowed three runs over four innings to get the win, while Sloan Gayan fired three shutout innings for her first save of the season.

Ottawa then lost its first game of the season to WFSCA No. 2-ranked Oshkosh North, 11-3. Jenna Nink finished a triple short of the cycle and drove in three runs in the contest. Gayan (8-1) suffered the loss.

The Lady Pirates (10-1-1) concluded play by hitting six home runs in an 8-2 win over St. Charles East. Molly Harris had one of the homers, finishing with three hits and two RBIs. Nink, Gayan, Cassie Turk, Sloan Gayan and Zoe Miller also left the yard. Gayan (9-1) fanned 15 hitters in a complete game victory.

Streator outduels Seneca

STREATOR – Jadyn Hansen took a perfect game into the seventh inning Friday, and her RBI single in the first inning held up in the Lady Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over Seneca.

Hansen finished with eight strikeouts, and recorded two hits at the dish. Kylie Winsor broke up the no-no with a one-out single in the seventh, and Anne Krull pitched six innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts but lost the pitcher’s duel.

Lady Irish bounce back with win at Dwight

DWIGHT – Seneca scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings Saturday to rally for a 5-3 victory.

Abe Jashari had RBI hits in both innings, including a double in the sixth. She finished with three hits, and Zoe Hougas added three hits and two RBIs as well.

Krull fanned five over 4 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just an unearned run to get the win for the Lady Irish (12-3).

Serena struggles in weekend features

SERENA – The Lady Huskers suffered a 14-1 loss to Amboy in five innings Friday, then were swept by Fieldcrest in a Saturday doubleheader.

Maddie Holdiman tripled and Kallie Cantlin drove in the lone run for Serena against Amboy.

In the opener Saturday, a 2-0 loss to the Lady Knights, Tori Pavnica (double) and Taylor Staton had Serena’s only hits. Staton struck out six and allowed two unearned runs in a tough-luck pitching loss.

Malachi Staton (double) and Katie Baker (triple) each tallied three hits and an RBI in the second game Saturday, an 11-6 Fieldcrest triumph. Pavnica drove in two runs for Serena (3-12).

SOPHOMORE BASEBALL

Ottawa earns doubleheader sweep

Three wins for Marquette

OTTAWA – Marquette rolled to a 22-2 win over Gardner-South Wilmington on Friday, then followed with a twin bill sweep of Deer Creek-Mackinaw, 8-3 and 6-5.

FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE BOYS TENNIS

Ottawa athletes medal at L-P Invite