Category: Indians

The Farmington Farmers (15-5, 6-0) defeated the host Brimfield/Elmwood Indians 4-1 Tuesday afternoon in Prairieland Conference action. B/E (16-3, 7-1) went up 1-0 thanks to Morgan Ledbetter’s RBI double. From there, though, the Indians got five hits, while leaving seven runners on base. Farmington pitcher Morgan Florey struck out 11, walked two, retired 10 in a row, and was aided by a flawless defense behind her. Brittany Danley (2-for-4) provided some runner support with a fourth-inning RBI.

-Bob

Monroe College (31-6) captured its second straight national championship on Saturday in the NJCAA Division II women’s basketball finals at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium, with a 78-73 victory over Lake Michigan (30-5). Breauna Rivoli-Johnson finished with a game-high 27 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field with five three point shots for the Lady Indians. Jasmine McRoy iced the game for the Mustangs, knocking down a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Monroe. Aivah Parham scored 22 and McRoy added 21 points for the Mustangs, who shot 43.1 percent from the field. “I think this year was tougher than last year,” said Monroe coach James Robinson. “I couldn’t have come to the national tournament with a better group of girls. I am so proud of them.”

-Bob

The top-ranked Brimfield Indians missed seven free throws in the fourth, but escaped with a hard fought 43-42 decision over Peoria Heights. The Indians fell behind, 9-2, early in the first before going on a 23-2 spurt. Brimfield, which led 22-11 at the half, took a 25-11 lead on a three-point play by Danny Dwyer with 6:15 left in the third. Peoria Heights started its comeback with a trey by Zach Wilson (17 points) and two more by Hank Thomas (eight points). They advance to play Elmwood on Friday for the IHSA Class IA  Regional Championship at 7:30pm.

-Bob

The Annawan Lady Bravettes defeated Brimfield High School 61-51 in a opening round game of the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournament at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Center Celina Vanhyfte led Annawan in scoring with 21 points as they advance to the winners bracket against El Paso Gridley on Wednesday. Brimfield guard, Dura Kerrigan scored 20 points in a losing effort, and play Camp Pt. Central/Southeastern in second round action at NCHS.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs used a tenth inning, RBI single from Elliot Soto to pull through in a back-and-forth game and defeat the Lake County Captains, 6-5 on Friday night. With the victory, the Chiefs took two of the three games of the series and improve to 42-49 on the season. For the second night in a row, the Captains led after the first half inning as Lake County grabbed a 1-0 lead against Chiefs’ right-hander Starling Peralta. After two quick strikeouts, Jordan Casas reached on a throwing error by Peralta and moved to second when the ball bounced into foul territory. Jesus Aguilar put the Captains on top, and continued to frustrate Peoria, with a RBI double that bounced off the left field wall. The Chiefs won the game in the 10th against reliever Joey Mahalic. Peoria designated hitter Ryan Cuneo lifted a single into left and Greg Rohan laid down a sacrifice bunt then Richard Jones was intentionally walked before Soto bounced a base hit up the middle for the game-winning run. Yohan Gonzalez (4-3) earned the win with one run allowed on two hits in two innings of work. He walked one and struck out two batters. Attendance for the game at O’Brien Field was 2,442.

-Bob

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