BELVIDERE – Season-ending losses do not come much harder than the one Marengo suffered at the hands of Boylan Wednesday.
Top-seeded Boylan scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, off a bases-loaded walk and a passed ball, to beat the No. 4 Indians, 2-1, in their Class 3A Belvidere North Regional semifinal baseball game.
Ethan Walsweer pitched a complete game for Marengo and allowed two hits.
Boylan got a walk, a double and an intentional walk to load the bases in the seventh with no outs. From there, the Titans (26-5) drew an RBI walk and the winning run scored on a passed ball.
“I’m not going to lie, it was really tough,” Marengo coach Josh Maas said. “This is one of the tougher games I’ve ever had to deal with. They came ready to play tonight. Ethan threw really well. They didn’t hit a ball hard until the double in the seventh inning. It was frustrating.”
Marengo (11-15) scored its run in the third off Erik Kurczewski’s RBI single.
“Ethan just cruised through six innings,” Maas said. “It just came down to a couple close pitches we didn’t get in the seventh. We played really well.”
Huntley 9, Rockford East 0: At Huntley, Kateri Conklin struck out 12 in a one-hit shutout win for the Red Raiders in the semifinals of the Class 4A Huntley Regional. Megan Larson hit two home runs and drove in four runs for No. 2 seeded Huntley (20-16) which will face No. 1 seed DeKalb in the regional final at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Wauconda 9, Johnsburg 1: At Elmwood Park, the Skyhawks managed just four hits in a Class 3A Elmwood Park Regional semifinal loss. Kayla Wedl struck out 15 for the Bulldogs (26-8).