Sterling answered a four-run fourth inning with a four-run fifth, and held off Freeport for a 6-5 win on Saturday in Freeport.
Brayden Wolf had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Camden Bailey also had a pair of hits. Alex Escalante and Jeremy Hall added RBIs.
On the mound, Wolf earned the win with four innings of four-hit ball, striking out two. Hall came on in relief and struck out five in three innings, allowing just one unearned run.
Panthers, Rockets split: Jacob Ryan, Josh Hammer and Travis Coleman combined on a five-hitter as Erie-Prophetstown topped Rockridge 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader in Prophetstown.
Evan Camper knocked in a pair of runs for the Panthers.
Rockridge scored six runs in the top of the first inning of Game 2 on its way to an 8-0 win. E-P managed just three hits in the loss.
Eastland 9, Morrison 6: Drew Burkholder and Wyatt Hammer each drove in two runs as the Cougars held off the Mustangs in Lanark.
Bryson Sturtevant, the first of four pitchers for the Cougars, got the win with three shutout innings.
Morrison (1-8) rallied with six runs in its half of the sixth inning to get to within 7-6. Dylan Still hit a home run for the Mustangs, and T.C. Ottens had a pair of RBIs.
Oregon 3, Lena-Winslow 1: The Hawks broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run fifth inning to top the Panthers at home.
Dalton Hermes had two hits and two RBIs for Oregon, and Nico Giuffre added an RBI. Noah Campos gave up one unearned run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two.
Raiders earn first win in split: AFC fell to Indian Creek 8-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in Ashton, but won the second game 12-6 to improve to 1-8 on the season.
The Raiders struck early in the second game with four runs in the first inning, one in the second, and three more in the third. They also tacked on five runs in the fifth.
Preston Kopp had four hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in five runs in the game. Henry Rod and Trey Winkler each had two RBIs. Jeremy Etes had a pair of hits, including a double.
Luke Warner had a pair of hits and Rod had a double in Game 1, but the Raiders could not push through for a run.
West Carroll 4, Forreston 1: The Thunder scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to a 4-1 win at home.
Kody Sipe had three RBIs, and Derek Tracy had a pair of hits for West Carroll. Aiden Sullivan struck out six in 3 2/3 innings, and Michael Popkin had five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
Track & field
BV 3rd at Hall: The Storm notched 10 top-four finishes and scored 72 points to take third at the Rollie Morris Invite in Spring Valley.
Host Hall won with 120 points, and Streator was second with 116.
Joe Green won the shot put (44 feet, 1 inch) and took second in the discus (125-3) for Bureau Valley, while Kale Barnett won the pole vault (12-0), took third in the 400 (54.74 seconds), and finished fourth in the 200 (23.71).
Tucker Hartz added a runner-up finish in the triple jump (37-5 1/2), and was fourth in the long jump (18-11 1/2), and Eric Schoff was third in the shot put (43-4).
Barnett and Hartz joined Drew Spencer and Mac Nugent to take third in the 4x100 (46.18), and the quartet of Layton Britt, Davey Dietz, Brady Higgins and Jeffrey Linley placed third in the 4x800 (9:43.05). Schoff, Spencer, Nugent and Green raced to fourth in the 4x200 (1:41.06)
Comets 2nd at Freeport: Newman won two of three matches to place second at the Freeport Invitational.
In a 4-0 decision against Belvidere North, Jonathan Rhodes and Brady Moran won in singles, while Jake Terveer and Isaac Blaney, along with Marvel Zhang and Anton Frank, won in doubles.
In a 3-1 win against the host Pretzels, Blaney and Terveer won in doubles, as did Zhang and Frank. Moran won in singles.
The Comets fell to Rockford Jefferson 4-0.
Sauk Valley 7, Oakton 2: The Skyhawks improved to 2-3 on the season, winning two contested matches and receiving five forfeits in a dual at Westwood Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.
Henry Steinhagen won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and he also teamed with Jason Rugh to win 8-3 at No. 1 doubles.
Brayden Wolf, Sterling baseball, 3 hits, 3 RBIs, 4 IP
Preston Kopp, AFC baseball, 5 RBIs
Drew Burkholder, Wyatt Hammer, Eastland baseball, 2 RBIs each
Evan Camper, Erie-Prophetstown baseball, 2 RBIs
Dillon Still, Morrison baseball, HR