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Monday's prep highlights: Zimmerman is the hero for Blue Ridge

Mar. 12—In baseball

➜ Milford 14, Watseka 6. Gavin Schunke and Caleb Clutteur combined to score seven runs and Aiden Frerichs drove in two runs of his own to help the Bearcats (1-0) take down the Warriors (0-1) in a season-opening Vermilion Valley Conference game.

➜ Monticello 26, LeRoy 0. Twelve runs in the first inning set the tone for the host Sages (1-0) in a nonconference game that featured eight combined RBI from Colton Vance and Dylan Brown, with Vance and Matt Swartz each slamming home runs. Luke Teschke struck out six batters in two innings of work for the Sages, who played their first home game on their new turf. Brock Owens collected the only hit for LeRoy (0-1).

➜ Salt Fork 14, Paris 9. Salt Fork jumped out to a big lead and then held off Paris to earn a nonconference home win in coach Joe Hageman's first game coaching the Storm. Deegan Albert went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI to pace Salt Fork (1-0), which led 14-3 after three innings. Jameson Remole also chipped in by going 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Pedro Rangel picked up the win with three innings of work and also scored three runs.

➜ Unity 15, St. Teresa 2. A four-inning road victory opened the season in style for the Rockets (1-0). Brady Parr fanned five batters while not allowing a hit in a complete game showing on the mound, while Unity's offense was paced by a double and two RBI from Brock Suding and a three-hit day from Aiden Porter that included a double and an RBI.

➜ Warrensburg-Latham 16, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 12. Maddix Stirrett had a three-RBI double to pace the Knights (0-1) in a nonconference home loss that included two hits apiece from Will Hilligoss, Connor Nettles and Logan Schrock.

In softball

➜ Blue Ridge 4, Donovan 3. Cassie Zimmerman helped the Knights (1-0) topple the Wildcats in a nonconference game thanks to a walk-off single in the seventh inning that came as part of a two-hit, two-RBI performance. Ellie Schlieper struck out 10 batters and didn't allow a walk as part of a seven-inning, seven-hit outing for Blue Ridge. Addison Roos also had two hits for the Knights.

➜ Hoopeston Area 28, St. Anne 2. Jersey Cundiff and Addison Kelnhofer combined for eight hits — with one of Kelnhofer's four hits leaving the yard — to power the Cornjerkers (1-0) to a season-opening win over the Cardinals on their home field. Kinsley Bailey, Aubreyanna Inman and Macy Warner had three hits apiece, while Maddie Barnes and Kennedy Wallace had two hits apiece to help the winning cause. Barnes picked up the win in the circle in addition to her two triples.

➜ LeRoy 7, Monticello 5. After trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the host Panthers (1-0) rallied with three runs in the frame and another in the sixth inning to start their season with a nonconference win. Lilly Long, Natalie Loy, Laila Carr and Emma Bagnell had two hits apiece for LeRoy as Haley Cox earned the victory in the circle. Thea Key led the Sages (0-1) with two hits, including a double.

➜ Marshall 13, Oakwood 1. The host Comets (0-1) suffered a season-opening setback against the Lions.

➜ Milford 10, Watseka 9. The Bearcats (1-0) won a Vermilion Valley Conference thriller over the host Warriors (0-1) thanks to two-hit performances from Lillie Harris, Addison Lucht, Abby Storm and Hunter Mowrey, with Harris doubling twice and plating four runs. Watseka hit four home runs courtesy Brianna Denault, Noelle Schroeder, Abigail Neukomm and Christa Holohan.

➜ Westville 14, Rantoul 0. Abby Sabalaskey threw a shutout, striking out 13 and only allowing two hits for Westville in a road nonconference win. Lilly Kiesel and Laney Cook sparked the offense for the Tigers (1-0) by each hitting a home run, while Kiesel had two doubles and drove in four runs. Josie Roseman and Addy Sherrick each had singles for the Eagles (0-1).

In girls' track and field

➜ At Bloomington. Normal Community scored 115 points to top the Big 12 Conference indoor meet, with Danville placing fourth (60), Champaign Central placing fifth (47), Centennial placing sixth (32) and Urbana placing eighth (16). Among local winners were Centennial's Nina Brown, who won the 200-meter dash in 25.78 seconds, and Danville's quartet of Jhe'Nyi Parker, Nickiya Shields, Da'Sani Lewis and Ashanti Conaway that won the 800-meter relay in 1:47.71.

JOEY WRIGHT