Wednesday's prep highlights: Westville baseball throws combined no-hitter

Mar. 14—In baseball

Metro East Kickoff Classic

➜ . St. Joseph-Ogden scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth to break a 2-2 tie and then leaned on reliever Bryson Houchens to secure a win in its season opener at Tom Pile Field in Edwardsville. Houchens tossed 31/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief, striking out six, to earn the win. Houchens also contributed at the plate, going 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Nolan Earley went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Tanner Jacob, Luke Landrus and Logan Rosenthal all added hits for the Spartans (1-0).


➜ LeRoy 10, Arcola 4. Tate Harden went 3 for 4, Brody Bennett drove in three runs and LeRoy (1-1) picked up its first win of the season with a nonconference home victory. Brevyn Whisman hit a two-run home run and finished 2 for 3 to spark Arcola (1-1), while Caiden Helmuth and Braden Phillips each drove in a run for the Purple Riders.

➜ Maroa-Forsyth 10, Tuscola 0. Tuscola fell behind 5-0 after two innings and couldn't make up the deficit in a six-inning nonconference road loss. Connor Musgrave singled to account for the only hit by the Warriors (0-2).

➜ Monticello 13, Villa Grove 1. Monticello rolled to a road nonconference win, receiving solid showings in the batter's box from Jacob Long, Eli Craft and Brian Wiltgen. Long went 2 for 5 with a double and four RBI, Craft finished 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI and Wiltgen went 1 for 1 with a double and two RBI for the Sages (2-0). That was more than enough offense for Hunter Romano, who gave up two hits in four innings of work and struck out six. Thomas Vandeventer drove in the lone run for Villa Grove (0-1).

➜ Ridgeview 10, Cissna Park 0. Ridgeview scored in every inning of its five-inning home nonconference triumph against the Timberwolves. Danny Tay threw a four-hit shutout and drove in two runs for the Mustangs (2-0), while Nate Thompson was 3 for 3 with one RBI and Nathan Campbell was 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. Jream Renteria doubled for Cissna Park (0-2).

➜ Westville 10, Danville 1. Cade Schaumburg, Matthew Darling and Ben Johnson combined on a no-hitter for Westville as the Tigers cruised past the Vikings (0-1) at Danville Stadium. Schaumburg and Darling each went three innings for Westville (2-0), with Schaumburg striking out four and Darling striking out five. Easton Barney led the offensive outburst by Westville by going 3 for 4 with three RBI and two doubles.

In softball

➜ Armstrong-Potomac 7, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 3. Tinley Parkerson set the tone out of the leadoff spot for Armstrong-Potomac and Acasia Gernentz proved formidable from the pitcher's circle, lifting the Trojans to a home nonconference win in their season opener. Parkerson went 3 for 4 with three doubles, three stolen bases, two runs scored and one RBI for A-P (1-0). Gernentz threw a complete game, scattering four hits and five walks while striking out 14. Lyndee Williamson added two RBI, while Makenna Ackerman and Kennedy Gerth each went 1 for 2 with an RBI. Mackenzie Swan led PBL (0-2) by going 2 for 4 with two RBI, with Aubrey Busboom driving in the other run for the Panthers.

➜ LeRoy 16, Arcola 1. LeRoy used a 10-run second inning to take control of the nonconference home game, rolling to a four-inning victory. Natalie Loy hit a double and a home run for the Panthers (3-0), driving in two runs, while Molly Buckles, Lauren Bossingham and Emily Bogema all contributed two RBI. Lilly Long threw all four innings for LeRoy, striking out six and only giving up three hits. Ava Simpson went 2 for 2 and scored the lone run for Arcola.

➜ Maroa-Forsyth 7, Tuscola 6. A back-and-forth nonconference game in Forsyth went the way of the home team. Tuscola took an early lead, but trailed 5-2 after four innings before plating two runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth to go ahead 6-5. But Maroa-Forsyth rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win. Ava Boyer and Emily Czerwonka each collected two hits for Tuscola (0-2), with Boyer going 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. Czerwonka went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Addyson Ring, Addy Presson and Kinzie Cleland also drove in one run apiece for the Warriors.

➜ Villa Grove 12, Monticello 2. A balanced offense led the host Blue Devils to a six-inning nonconference win, with Villa Grove scoring in every inning but the bottom of the first. Kayln Cordes, Izzy Dodd, Alex Brown and Piper Kiser hit home runs for Villa Grove (1-0), with Cordes, Kiser and Dodd all driving in two runs. Kiser threw all six innings for Villa Grove, yielding only three hits and striking out five. Marrissa Miller doubled and drove in a run for Monticello (0-2).

➜ Watseka 10, Fisher 8. Watseka never trailed, leading 9-3 at one point, and holding off a Fisher comeback to earn a nonconference road win. Brianna Denault went 3 for 4 with three doubles and five RBI to power the Warriors (1-1) to their first win of the season. Noelle Schroder (3 for 4, two RBI), Christa Holohan (4 for 5, two stolen bases) and Thayren Rigsby (2 for 4, RBI) also contributed for Watseka. Leah Graves sparked Fisher with a 2 for 4 effort that included two doubles and three RBI. She also threw four innings of two-hit relief, giving up one run and striking out five. Kimberly Schoonover had a multi-hit game, going 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Bunnies (0-1).