Category: Hawks

The Moline Maroons (30-11) were one strike away from a Class 4A state semifinal win and a berth in the title game when the Bartlett Hawks (32-8) mounted a rally and upset the defending state champs 7-3 Friday at Eastside Centre. Moline entered the top of the seventh clinging to a 3-2 advantage. Sophomore pitcher Alaina Hofmann got the first batter of the inning to fly to center, but hit No. 9 hitter Steph Tomazin. Hofmann struck out the next hitter, but a walk brought Temple-bound junior catcher Kaylyn Zierke to the plate. After working the count full, Zierke singled in the tying run. Two batters later, Kayla Haberstich hit a three-run homer that put Bartlett up for good. The Hawks rally erased a record-tying two-homer effort by Moline senior shortstop Brittny Drish. The Illinois State Redbird commit drove in all three Maroons runs, using a bat that wasn’t even hers. “I got mine confiscated in the very beginning of the game,” Drish said. “I ended up using the same bat that (Jordan de los Reyes) does, but its Lecy Walsbusser’s bat.” Bartlett plays Chicago Marist (26-15) in the IHSA Class 4A Championship game at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.  Click here for complete game stats.

-Bob

The Illinois Central College Lady Cougars (28-23) swept a doubleheader with Heartland Community College (43-10), behind a two-run homer by first baseman Samantha Caldwell capping off a four run first inning for a 4-2 Game 1 victory. ICC received strong pitching from two freshman, Cori Maloney (starter) and McKensie Vissering shut down the Hawks. The Cougars took the nightcap 4-3 in eight innings. Amber Bottens had an RBI and picked up the win in relief of Dani Williams in Game 2.

-Bob

Quincy University senior guard Josh Edmonds made the most of his homecoming as the former Peoria Notre Dame star hit all four of his 3-point attempts and shared team-high scoring honors with 19 points, leading the NCAA Division II Hawks to an 86-80 men’s basketball exhibition victory versus the Bradley Braves at Renaissance Coliseum.

-Bob

The Illinois Central College Men’s Soccer team traveled to Bloomington, IL Sunday afternoon. The Cougars led by head coach Oz Bakirdan scored early in the first half and added another goal in 2nd period and shut down Heartland Community College 2-0 in a hard fought contest at Corn Crib Stadium.

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