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Herbst leads Black Hawk over Monticello
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MONTICELLO - Sophomore Hannah Herbst went 4-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Black Hawk softball team to an 8-1 win over Monticello on Monday.

Black Hawk led 3-1 going into the fourth inning. The Warriors scored five runs in the fourth fueled by two of Monticello's four errors in the game.

"It just kind of snowballed after those two errors," Monticello coach Duane Garrison said. "We had one bad inning."

Black Hawk senior pitcher Rachel Ritschard pitched a complete-game four-hitter and gave up just one run. She struck out six and didn't issue a walk.

Monticello junior Jessie Garrison had an RBI single in the third to cut the Warriors' lead to 3-1.

"Coming in we knew we had to get eight to 10 hits to have a chance, and we didn't do it." Garrison said. "She (Ritschard) was around the plate and didn't walk anyone. We hit the ball hard a few times, but it was right at them. They (Black Hawk) are an improved team and it shows."

Jessie Garrison pitched a complete game and gave up two earned runs on 10 hits. She struck out three and walked four.

Juda-Albany 8, Argyle 1

ARGYLE - Senior Jessica Crull went 3-for-4 with two RBI to power Juda-Albany over Argyle.

Juda-Albany (18-5, 13-0 Six Rivers East), ranked second in the Division 4 coaches' poll, scored three runs in the first inning to take an early lead.

Juda-Albany sophomore ace pitcher Nicki Becker's scoreless streak came to an end at 21 innings. Argyle's Sam Mick had an RBI double in the fourth inning to cut the Panthers' lead to 3-1.

"She has been on," Juda-Albany coach Bill Davis said of Becker. "Argyle had some good swings against her, and she kept it intact."

Becker pitched a complete game to get the win. She gave up one earned run on three hits. She struck out eight and walked two.

Juda-Albany junior Sara Jordan went 2-for-3, and senior teammate Danielle Dieckhoff had two RBI.

The Panthers put the game away with a four-run sixth.

Barneveld 12, Pecatonica 1 (5)

BLANCHARDVILLE - Errors came back to haunt Pecatonica in a 12-1 five-inning loss to Barneveld.

Pecatonica committed 10 errors in the game that led to 10 unearned runs. Barneveld's Taylor Owens went 2-for-4 with four runs scored.

Pecatonica senior Clara Moen pitched a complete game and gave up 12 runs but just two earned runs on nine hits. Moen struck out two and walked three.

Barneveld's Mattie Schave tossed a four-hitter and gave up just one run. Pecatonica senior Kailee Schraepfer went 1-for-2 with one RBI.