May, 2013 Archives

Tremont High School advanced to IHSA Class 2A State Finals with a 6-3 victory over the Peru (St. Bede) Lady Bruins. Tremont gave up its first run of the postseason when Lainie Schweickert’s RBI infield hit ended Jaycee Craver’s streak of 35 consecutive scoreless innings. The sophomore pitcher  (22-0) struck out five, walked six, scattered five hits, and gave up two earned runs. Senior Kali Sanders put the Turks ahead for good with a two-out RBI double in the second. Briley Spencer then followed Sanders with a two-out, RBI double of her own for a 3-1 lead. Tremont added three more insurance runs over the next two innings. Brooke Bolliger gave Tremont a pair of RBI extra-base hits in the third and fifth innings. The junior outfielder’s double scored Haley McCloud, who reached on a hit-by-a-pitch and stole second. The Turks (29-0) will meet Kankakee Bishop McNamara (34-0) at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

-Bob

Milledgeville beat the Illini Bluffs Lady Tigers (18-6) 10-3 at Eastside Centre in the IHSA Class 1A girls state softball semifinals Friday afternoon The game was delayed by lightning in the bottom of the first inning, and eventually continued in steady rain on an alternate field as the Lady Missiles (27-3) advanced to a 12:30 p.m. state title game Saturday against Toledo Cumberland. Illini Bluffs will play Goreville in the third-place game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

-Bob


The Tremont Turks managed just two hits, but none was bigger than Rachel Patterson’s home run in the bottom of the fourth inning for 1-0 victory over Sherrard at Eastside Centre. With one out and facing a 1-2 count, the senior second baseman took Rachel Winston’s offering over the right-field fence. All it took was one run for the Turks to repeat as sectional champions behind the pitching dominance of Jaycee Craver. In five postseason games, Craver (21-0) has yet to allow a run. The Turks (28-0) play St. Bede (23-5) at 3 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals. It’s Tremont’s first state finals appearance since a second-place finish at the inaugural finals in 1976.

-Bob

It only took 74 hours for the East Peoria (23-3) to win the Morton Regional Class 3A championship against the host Potters (24-9). The Red Raiders hit three home runs to post a 6-4 victory. Junior outfielder Lauren Kent (2-for-3) belted a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth with two-outs and EP trailing 2-0. A Morton error scored Brooke Jacobs, who hit a double that knocked off Morton pitcher Nicole Koch’s forehead, and tied the game at 2-2. Sarah Finck then blooped a single over into right field for a 3-2 last lead. Nicole Montgomery (2-for-3, home run, double, two RBIs) added a pair of insurance with a two-run homer to the bleachers in left field. Her blast scored Taylor Kellum (2-for-3), who led off the fifth with a walk. Sarah Finck (2-for-4, home run, two RBIs) then set the final score when she led off the sixth a homer to left. She picked up the win with 11 strikeouts and allowing three walks. East Peoria plays Metamora (24-11) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Limestone Sectional semifinal.

-Bob

The Morton Lady Potters lead East Peoria, 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Play was suspended with lightning and heavy rains making the field unplayable. Morton struck in the top of the first inning on a two-run RBI single by Casey Brunton off junior Sarah Finck. Senior Nicole Koch has shut down the Red Raiders. They will resume the game at 11 a.m. Monday in Morton.

-Bob


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