High school softball roundup: Marengo's Dionne hits homer No. 12 as Indians clinch KRC title

Mariah Dionne hit her team-leading 12th home run for Marengo Wednesday in a 13-2 Kishwaukee River Conference victory in six innings against Johnsburg in Johnsburg.

The Indians (26-6 overall, 11-1 KRC) clinched the outright KRC championship with the win, the team's fourth straight outright conference title and seventh title overall in the past eight seasons.

Dionne went 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs, and Lauren Aubry and Susie Nawrot also homered in the win. Dionne (12-5) earned the victory and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in six innings. She struck out eight and walked two.

Aubry finished 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs, Nawrot was 4 for 4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Riley Connell went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and drove in two. Hannah Ritter went 2 for 3, Anna Walsweer was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Leah Secor and Rachael Jasinski each drove in a run.

Emily Owen took the loss for Johnsburg (10-17, 4-7) and gave up seven runs in three innings. Paige King had a double and an RBI, and Adriana Montewska had a hit and a run scored.

Woodstock North 6, Crystal Lake Central 1: At Crystal Lake, Ellie Thurow went 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs for the Thunder (11-13) in a nonconference win. Thurow also picked up the win, striking out nine in seven innings. She allowed only one unearned run on three hits and walked none.

Lulu Nicks was 3 for 4 two runs scored and an RBI, Chloe Vermett was 2 for 4, and Savannah Adcock and Amaya Saldana (1 for 3) each drove in a run.

Clare Urbanski drove in the only run for Central (4-24), Hailey Geske had a double, and Jess Cruz scored the team's only run. Morgann Paaske took the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Marian Central 11, Benet 3: At Woodstock, Emily Miller and Laura Black each had a double and drove in three runs for the Hurricanes (11-11, 5-7) in an East Suburban Catholic Conference win.

Megan Bokowy went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, Maddie Peters went 1 for 2 a double and an RBI, and Jackie Chmiel was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Maggie Finnegan (1 for 4), Kaeti Miller and Jamie Gatz each drove in a run.

Peters earned the win, allowing three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. She struck out three and walked one.

Cary-Grove 8, Lakes 2: At Lake Villa, Jill Deering hit a grand slam for the Trojans (10-18) in a nonconference win. Deering finished 2 for 5 and drove in five, Alyssa Gurgone went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Alina Krembuszewski went 2 for 5 with three runs scored, and Katy Wierczorek went 2 for 5 with two runs.

Taylor Langguth went all seven innings for the win, allowing two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk. Langguth also went 2 for 3 at the plate.

Prairie Ridge 3, Antioch 0: At Antioch, sophomore Mackenzie Scully smacked a three-run homer in the fourth inning to lead the Wolves (21-6) to the nonconference victory. Scully's home run was the only hit for Prairie Ridge. Hailey Baker went all seven innings, allowing three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in the complete-game shutout.

McHenry 6, Grayslake Central 5: At Grayslake, Mannon Amelio drove in two runs to lead the Warriors (13-18) to a nonconference win. Tori Boysen was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Jocelyn Currie had a hit and drove in one, and Sam Hanley and Alyssa Pearson both had an RBI. Madison Drake scored two runs for McHenry.

Alyssa Pearson earned the win in relief, tossing 1 2/3 shutout innings. She allowed one hit with two strikeouts and no walks.

Dundee-Crown 10, Sycamore 5: At Carpentersville, Andrea Conway went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs for the Chargers (19-12) in a nonconference win.

Claire Weeks added a solo home run, Cassidy Randl was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Megan Thompson drove in two runs and Deanna Origer was 3 for 4 and drove in one.

Sydney Ruggles picked up the victory, going all seven innings for D-C. She allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits with nine strikeouts and a walk.

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