PORT BYRON, Ill. — Faith Kennedy hit a pair of home runs and Chelsea Lesniewski added another as Fulton blitzed Riverdale for the second day in a row, winning 15-4 on Thursday in Three Rivers Conference softball.

The game ended after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

Kennedy broke open the game with a three-run home run in the top of the third inning. She added a solo shot in the fifth and completed a 3-for-4 day with a double in the sixth. Lesniewski hit her home run to start the five-run sixth.

Each team scored an unearned run in the first inning, then Fulton went ahead to stay in the second.

Jenna James led off with a walk and scored on Tayler Birkett’s two-out double. Birkett then scored on a single by Jamie Huennekens.


Thunder win

THOMSON, Ill. — West Carroll scored single runs in three consecutive innings Thursday to defeat East Dubuque 3-1 in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference softball.

Thunder pitcher Abby Maike (4-6) allowed just five hits and one run in the complete-game win.

“Abby pitched very well,” West Carroll Coach Don Mathey said. “Defense was good. We hit the ball well. A good combination, and it equaled a victory.”

The Thunder (8-10, 3-4 NUIC) threatened in the third inning, leaving the bases loaded, then broke through with the game’s first run in the bottom of the fourth. Monica Smith led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Haley Appel’s groundout to second base.

West Carroll made it 2-0 in the fifth when Brianna Kampmeier (3-for-3, plus a walk) singled. Emma Aljets and Anna Badtke followed with singles, the second one scoring Kampmeier.

East Dubuque (4-4, 3-2) broke through in the top of the fifth when Skylar Culbertson led off with a single and scored on Payton Duster’s double. But Maike retired the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 batters in the lineup to avoid further damage.

West Carroll then added an insurance run in the sixth when Appel led off with a single and scored on Christy Ralston’s two-out single. 



Fulton 123 13515 13 3

Riverdale 100 3004 4 4

Fulton battery: Whitney Wynkoop (3 ip, 4 r, 3 er, 4 bb, 3 so), Chelsea Lesniewski (3 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 3 so) and Maddy Andresen. Multiple hits — Fulton (Jamie Huennekens 2, Andresen 2, Kennedy 3, Tayler Birkett 2). 2B — Fulton (Huennekens, Kennedy, Hannah Pannell, Birkett); Riverdale (Goodwin). HR — Fulton (Kennedy 2, Lesniewski). RBIs — Fulton (Kennedy 4, Pannell 2, Huennekens, Lesniewski); Riverdale (Keppy).



East Dubuque 000 001 01 5 0

West Carroll 000 111 x3 10 2

Natalie Timmerman (L 0-1, 5 1/3 ip, 9 h, 3 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 0 so), Abby Berryman (2/3 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 0 so) and Madison Hoppman; Abby Maike (W 4-6, 7 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 1 er, 3 bb, 4 so) and Emma Aljets. Multiple hits — East Dubuque (Skylar Culbertson); West Carroll (Brianna Kampmeier 3, Haley Appel 2, Christy Ralston 2). 2B — East Dubuque (Payton Duster); West Carroll (Kampmier, Ralston). 3B — West Carroll (Monica Smith). RBIs — East Dubuque (Duster); West Carroll (Anna Badkte, Appel, Ralston).

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