Ellie Thurow fired a perfect game for Woodstock North in a 2-0 nonconference softball victory over Genoa-Kingston on Monday in Woodstock.
Thurow, a junior, struck out 13 in the perfect game, the first of her three-year varsity career, striking out six different batters two times each. The only G-K batters not to strike out against Thurow were Cassandra Bade and Ashley Peterson.
Thurow (11-5) threw 68 of 101 pitches for strikes, going to a 3-ball count four times, and now owns a 1.16 ERA with 201 strikeouts in 115 innings. Chloe Vermett went 2 for 3 with a run for North (15-9), Savannah Adcock walked twice and scored once, and Hayley Matteson added an RBI.
Thurow had a pair of one-hit shutouts this season. She opened her sophomore year with a 15-strikeout, no-hit performance against Round Lake and added a no-hitter against crosstown rival Woodstock in the Class 3A regional postseason. She also no-hit Woodstock once as a freshman.
Dundee-Crown 2, Grayslake Central 0: At Grayslake, Sydney Ruggles was one out away from a perfect game for the Chargers in a nonconference win against the Rams.
The Chargers senior and Loyola commit gave up a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to Grayslake Central's Brooke Heraty before finishing off the shutout victory with her 13th strikeout. Ruggles did not issue any walks and threw 61 of 74 pitches for strikes for D-C (17-10).
Ruggles has allowed one unearned run over her past six starts, tossing five shutouts with 63 strikeouts and six walks in 40 innings, lowering her ERA to 1.66. She has 256 strikeouts in 173 1/3 innings.
Ruggles also was 1 for 3 with an RBI, while Deanna Origer had a double and drove in one. Both of D-C's runs came in the first inning.
Johnsburg 3, Woodstock North 1: At Woodstock, Matt Harris tossed five strong innings, allowing an unearned run for the Skyhawks in a Kishwaukee River Conference victory.
Adam Jayko finished 3 for 4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI for Johnsburg (13-12, 8-8 KRC), and Aidan Stark pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save.