South Elgin's push for a title in the Upstate Eight Conference's Valley Division was dealt a blow Saturday with a pair of 1-run losses at West Chicago.
The Storm entered the doubleheader trailing division-leading Waubonsie Valley by a game in the loss column, but they dropped the opener 6-5 when the Wildcats rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Austin Sayre. Nick Menken had the only multihit game for the Storm.
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In Game 2, South Elgin (13-10, 9-6) scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh when Kyle Hays' squeeze bunt drove in Dane Toppel, but the Wildcats tied it with an unearned run in the seventh and won it in walk-off fashion on Dave Kordik's bases-loaded RBI single in the eighth.
Bartlett 3, Neuqua Valley 1: Trevor Svetic drove in Jake Barrutia to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth, and Joey Roberson (2-2) got the win in relief of starter Doug VanDyke, who pitched 4 scoreless innings in this UEC Valley matchup. Barrutia, Svetic and Mike Wick each had 2 hits for Bartlett (10-15, 6-10).
Larkin sweeps Streamwood: The Royals prevailed in both ends of this Upstate Eight river doubleheader, powered by strong pitching. Brayden Royse (2-5) allowed 7 hits and a walk but he struck out 10 to win the opener 3-1. Jon Lenz led the offense with 3 doubles and a run batted in and Rob Bond and Dan Lenz also collected RBI. Kevin Drwal (3-6) took the loss for the Sabres, though he allowed just 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks and struck out 3.
Larkin junior Will King shut down the Sabres on 4 hits in a 4-2 victory in Game 2. King (3-4) allowed 2 runs (1 earned), walked 4 and struck out 7. Tyler Kalusa went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles to lead the offense for Larkin (13-16, 8-12). Chad Caminitti (2-5) took the loss for Streamwood (6-23, 5-13).
Geneva 8-10, Elgin 0-3: The Vikings outhit the Maroons 21-9 to sweep this Upstate Eight River doubleheader. Clay White (4-2) was on the short end of the 8-0 score in Game 1 despite 8 strikeouts and no walks. In Game 2, Kiko Mari, Matt Karinski and Jimmy Stearns doubled, but Elgin (8-19, 5-17) committed 4 errors behind losing pitcher Dean Anderson (0-2).
Huntley wins twice: The Red Raiders defeated Woodstock in the first game of a split doubleheader to remain tied with Jacobs atop the Valley Division with 3 Fox Valley Conference games to play. Huntley (20-7-1, 12-4) erupted for a 5-run fourth inning, keyed by Troy Cantu's sacrifice fly and Brandon Altergott's RBI single. Adam Kalish (5-0) held the Blue Streaks without an earned run on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3 in 6 innings to lower his ERA to 0.68.
In Game 2, Hononegah defeated the Red Raiders 4-3 in nine innings.
Dillon Dell'Aquila's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh scored Jake Ciskowski to tie it 2-2, but the Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth and held off a Huntley rally in the bottom of the frame to prevail. Reliever Kyle Sabie (2-3) took the loss.
Hampshire 8, Woodstock North 2: Trey Schramm (3-1) pitched 6 innings of 2-hit ball with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts, and Dillon Kuhn went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI to lead Hampshire (12-15, 6-10) in this FVC Fox victory.
Burlington Central 8, Rockford Christian 1: Senior Danny Gerke threw a 1-hitter with 9 strikeouts and 3 walks as the Rockets rolled in the Big Northern East. Bryan Cynova went 3-for-4 with a double and Andrew Wiss finished 2-for-4 with a double for Burlington Central (15-10, 8-2).
St. Edward 3, Rockford East 1: The Green Wave won their regular-season finale, thanks to a complete-game victory by pitcher Nick Bouley, who scattered 7 hits and 2 walks and struck out 3. Jack Tierney, Zach West and Ryan Nudd each had first-inning RBIs for St. Edward (9-16-1), which faces Westminster Christian in the Class 2A regional opener on Monday.