JOLIET – Few things will serve you better than a fast start. And that certainly was the case for the Joliet West baseball team on Thursday, as it posted a seven-run first inning on its way to a 10-6 victory over Oswego East.
Tyler Pransky and Ty Batusich each had three hits for Joliet West (9-6).
Plainfield South 3, Romeoville 2: The Cougars (12-2) scored the pivotal run in the sixth inning to emerge with a Southwest Prairie victory. Michael Bunch had two hits for Romeoville (3-9).
Plainfield East 8, Joliet Central 0: The Bengals (8-5) got an electric performance from Gavin Schmidt on the mound, as he whiffed 14 Steelmen batters.
Plainfield North 5, Plainfield Central 2: The Tigers sprung loose for a three-run sixth that broke a 2-all tie in a battle of district rivals.
Oswego 8, Minooka 5: John Forneris struck out six for the Indians (5-7), but the offense couldn’t match the Panthers.
Lincoln-Way Central 13, Bradley-Bourbonnais 7: The Knights (6-6) scored some runs early, and it held up for a SouthWest Suburban win.
Loyola 6, Providence 4: The Celtics (8-5) did little damage other than a four-run second inning and dropped a Chicago Catholic League game.
Coal City 14, Herscher 8: A nine-run second inning put the Coalers on the right path to an Interstate Eight Conference win. Mickey McDowell had two hits for Coal City (12-2).
Kaneland 7, Morris 2: Kaneland scored five runs in the first inning, and Morris (9-4) was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way.
Lisle 6, Peotone 1: The Blue Devils (6-5) mustered just five hits in an Interstate Eight Conference loss.
Clifton Central 9, Dwight 8: The Trojans (3-9) fell short in an eight-inning game as Cade Enerson and Cal Schultz each had three hits.
Joliet West 21, Romeoville 3: The Tigers (8-5) erupted for 16 hits in an easy Southwest Prairie win. Lanie Chizmark led the offensive with three hits.
Minooka 3, Plainfield North 1: Samantha Norman struck out eight and limited the Tigers (7-6) to just four hits in the Southwest Prairie win for the Indians (4-10).
Providence 12, Mother McAuley 2: The Celtics had an eight-run first inning and coasted from there. Brittany Rabe and Teagan Sopczyk each had three hits for Providence (8-3).
Lincoln-Way Central 11, Bradley-Bourbonnais 1: The Knights (10-2) got three- hit performances from Gabriella Gedville and Amanda Weyh, as they cruised to a SouthWest Suburban win. Weyh struck out seven.
Plainfield Central 6, Joliet Central 3: Sarah Parker had three hits for the Wildcats, as they jumped out to an early lead that led to a win.
Richards 1, Lemont 0: Maddy Wallace allowed three hits and a run while striking out six, but the Indians took the tough loss.
Yorkville 3, Morris 1: Four hits were not enough for Morris (3-8) in a narrow loss.
Dwight 4, Clifton Central 3: Katy Edwards struck out nine, while Isabella Schultz keyed the Trojans (7-5) offense with three hits.
Lincoln-Way Central 4, Riverside-Brookfield 1: The Knights (10-3) were led by Nicolette Gossage (two goals, assist) and Jenni Andjelic (two assists).
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Lincoln-Way West 13, Andrew 4: The Warriors were led by Delaney Janosek, who scored seven goals.