The Oakwood Comets kept their hopes of a Vermilion Valley Conference baseball title alive with a 6-4 win over the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman Buffaloes on Wednesday afternoon.
Conor Jarling went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for the Comets, who improved to 16-6 overall and 12-3 in the Vermilion Valley Conference.
Oakwood would share the league title with Salt Fork, who went 13-3 in the VVC, with a win over Bismarck-Henning on Friday.
The Comets did all of their damage in the third and fourth innings with a pair of three-run innings.
That was more than enough offense for Kaleb Thompson, who improved to 4-0 with the victory. Thompson didn’t walk a batter and struck out six while allowing six hits.
Ryan Bott went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Jake England was 2-for-2 with a double for Oakwood.
No information from Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman was available.
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Chase Thurston had two of the Vikings’ five hits in their second straight loss to the Maroons.
Chuckie Robinson and Austin West drove home the only runs that Danville managed on Wednesday in the first and second innings.
The Vikings, who are now 8-12 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12, will complete their three-game series against the Maroons with a 4:30 p.m. contest tonight in Champaign.
Schlarman Academy 6
DANVILLE — Dalton Dieu went the distance to earn his fourth victory of the season in the Hilltoppers triumph over the Trojans.
Austin Calhoun sparked the Schlarman Academy offense with a pair of triples, while Emmet Black had a single, a double and two RBIs.
Dentler Loschen, who took the loss for Armstrong-Potomac, had a single and a double at the plate, while Dustin Nixon had two RBIs for the Trojans.
Salt Fork 10
TUSCOLA — Junior Max Stutsman belted a home run and drove in three runs as the Storm defeated the Warriors in a non-conference contest.
Salt Fork (18-7 overall) rallied from a 4-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Ross Learnard, Lane Weston and Cole Sanford each contributed two RBIs in the winning cause for Salt Fork.
St. Joseph-Ogden 13
DANVILLE — The Spartans scored 10 times in their first three at-bats en route to the win over the Vikings.
Ashlynn McConaha, Kenzie James and Mickaela Fleming each shared game-high honors with three hits.
Jordan Ogle and Lindsey Loewenstein had doubles for Danville, which falls to 7-14, while Loewenstein and Megan Cox had the only RBIs for the Vikings.
Danville will host Champaign Central tonight in a Big 12 Conference doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. Tonight is also senior night for the Vikings.
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DANVILLE — The Hilltoppers secured an outright Vermilion Valley Conference championship with their win over the Trojans at Winter Park.
Senior Sydne Bryant led the Schlarman Academy offensive attack with three hits, including a double, while Lexi Rangel had a game-high three RBIs.
Armstrong-Potomac took a 3-0 lead in the first inning with Kirsten Newnum driving home two with a home run.
BISMARCK — The Tigers rallied with four in the seventh, but the Blue Devils countered with two in their half of the inning to get the victory.
Emmie Hawkins had a double and two RBIs for Bismarck-Henning in the victory, while Kylie Lesko drove home two runs for Westville.
Bismarck-Henning improved to 9-10 overall and 8-7 in the VVC with the victory.
GEORGETOWN — The Buffaloes celebrated senior night with a 11-run first inning en route to the win over the Comets.
Tristyn Mingee powered the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman offense with three hits and three RBIs, while Brittany Hay and Callan Hall each contributed two RBIs.
Salt Fork 4
CATLIN — Four single-run innings was just enough offense for the Storm and winning pitcher Peyton Meade against the Warriors.
Kayln Learnard and Kylie Summers shared team-high honors with two hits each, while Lea Hall drove home two runs for Salt Fork.
PREP GIRLS TENNIS
North Montgomery 5
Fountain Central 0
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — The Chargers didn’t drop a set in the victory over the Mustangs.
Fountain Central’s No. 2 doubles team of Alli Fay and Jordan Lindquist lost a hard-fought battle, 6-1, 7-6 (3) to the North Montgomery duo of Erinn Suiter and Haley Hampton.
Schwartz hired at
MILFORD — For the second time in the past four years, Clint Schwartz has been named the head coach of the Milford/Cissna Park football program.
Schwartz, who replaced Nate Albaugh in 2010, will do so again this time around as Albaugh took the Champaign Central position earlier this spring.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity,’’ said Schwartz, who served as defensive coordinator the past two seasons with Albaugh. “Being here for the last three seasons, I know the kids really well as well as the school and the programs in the Vermilion Valley Conference.’’
Schwartz is a 2009 graduate of Eastern Illinois University and his Bearcats return 15 letterwinners from a team that went 6-4 qualifying for the IHSA Class 1A playoffs.
“The players know the high expectations that I have for them,’’ Schwartz said. “And, I expect them to respond and take our program to the next level.’’