Knights finishing strong in Big Eight softball

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JANESVILLE - The Beloit Memorial softball team continued its strong finish to the regular season with a doubleheader sweep over Janesville Parker Friday afternoon, winning 3-1 and 9-6.

In the opener, Brynn Swanson had two of Beloit's six hits, while Jacey Walker pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts.

Beloit scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit, then added an insurance run in the seventh.

In game two, Beloit broke open a 3-2 game with six runs in the sixth inning. Natalie Bittner went 4-for-4 to lead a 12-hit attack. Ariana Brown drove in three runs, while Angelique Spencer added a pair of RBI's.

Swanson went the distance on the mound, finishing with seven strikeouts. The Knights will host Madison Memorial Tuesday.

• JEFFERSON 10, BELOIT TURNER 0: The Trojans managed just three hits on offense, committed five errors and fell in five innings to the Eagles Saturday morning.

Jefferson banged out 13 hits to clinch the Rock Valley Conference title.

Turner will play its final regular season game Monday at Big Foot.

• SOUTH BELOIT 23, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 8: The SoBos went on the road and packed a punch Saturday, scoring 13 times in the first inning en route to a four-inning romp over Westminster Christian Saturday.

Jenna Lynde smacked four hits, while Kaya Lervik added three and Madison Carlson had four RBi's to lead the SoBos.

Lynde pitched and struck out four to record the victory for South Beloit.

• HONONEGAH 5, BELVIDERE NORTH 1: The Indians continued to mash the softball, getting a home run from Cayla Cavanaugh on the way to a victory.

Ashton Melaas got the win in the circle, and went 2-for-3 at the plate as well. Cavanaugh broke open a 2-0 game with a three-run blast in the fifth.

• BASEBALL: BELOIT MEMORIAL 8, MADISON WEST 2: The Purple Knights put together an outstanding showing Friday, defeating Madison West easily.

The Knights scored six runs in the fifth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and cruised to the win.

Corbin Ovist went six innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out five. Kobe Hollenbeck had two of Beloit's five hits at the plate.

The Knights will host Madison Memorial at Pohlman Field Monday at 5 p.m.

• HONONEGAH 12, ROCKFORD EAST 0: The Indians came back strong from their lone NIC-10 loss of the season to pound Rockford East Friday.

The Indians scored three runs in each of the first three innings, and closed the game out in five frames.

Will Hissong picked up the win, allowing just three hits. Braden Sayles had three hits, as did Ryan Blunt, while Noah Goddard added a pair of hits.

• SOCCER: The Beloit Knitro split a pair of games at the Swiss Kick Quad Saturday in New Glarus, falling 2-0 to a solid Sugar River team before defeating Columbus 4-1 in the third-place game.

Goalie Meghan Drucker shined in game one, making a number of key saves, including a penalty kick when the score was still 1-0.

The third-place game was one of the team's better offensive efforts of the season, according to coach Brian Denu.

Jillian Valk scored two goals and added an assist, while Monica Fernandez scored a goal, as did Alyssa Jimenez.

The Knitro hosts Verona Tuesday evening.

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