Despite only managing 4 hits, the South Elgin baseball team Storm (11-7, 9-3) scratched out enough runs to beat Neuqua Valley 3-1 Thursday in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action.
Jared Kramer had 2 hits including a double for the Storm (11-7, 9-3) to pace the offense.
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Pitcher Ryan Nutof struck out 12 Wildcats in 7 innings and gave up the lone run on 5 hits.
Huntley 10, Woodstock North 1: Troy Cantu had just 1 hit but made the most of his day collecting 3 RBI as the Red Raiders (17-5-1, 10-3) cruised to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Tommy Kiriakopolous (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Jake Ciskowski (2-for-3, RBI, 2B) also helped power the offense while Nick Constantino threw a complete game, giving up just 3 hits and striking out nine.
Geneva 4, Larkin 3: After tying it up late, Larkin (9-15, 5-11) lost it in the seventh, failing to get the series win over Geneva in UEC River action. The Royals scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth to knot the game at 3-3 but Brayden Royse could not record the final out to send it to extras, taking the loss on a walk-off single. Johnny Avila doubled and drove in a run to lead the Larkin offense.
Waubonsie Valley 13, Bartlett 5: Down by a 6-0 hole early, the Hawks (8-14, 7-11) could not keep pace with the Warriors in a UEC Valley game. Mike Wick and Jake Barrutia (4-for-4) had a double and 2 RBI with Dru Gonzales smashed a solo shot to lead the Hawks. Alex Curtis, the first of four Hawk pitchers, took the loss after failing to get out of the first inning.
Batavia 13, Elgin 1: With their offense struggling to get much of anything going, the Maroons fell in six innings in the UEC River. Kiko Mari started for Elgin and took the loss. Matt Karinski provided the sole run off a double, scoring Jack Koeckritz in the fourth.
Richmond-Burton 8, Burlington Central 4: Unable to make a 3-0 first inning lead stick, the Rockets (13-8, 5-3) could not make it back-to-back wins against Big Northern East foe Richmond-Burton. An Andrew Wiss solo homer along with a Cody Schuver RBI double led the offense, but it did not make up for a 5-run outburst in the fourth against pitcher Jacob Schutta, who took the loss.
Warren 8, Jacobs 7: After getting the tying run to third and the go-ahead run to second, the Golden Eagles (16-10) could not push them across, falling in nonconference action. Tim Hubner had a double and a home run to go with 3 RBI to pace an offense that led until late in the game. Daniel Tenayuca took the loss in relief, surrendering just 1 run on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5.
Montini 10, St. Edward 0: Holding on strong for three innings, the Green Wave (8-15-1, 7-8) finally broke in the fourth and eventually lost in six in Suburban Christian Conference action. Ryan Nudd had a double and Michael Castoro had 2 singles for the only 3 hits of the game. Jake Lafrenz took the loss.