Category: Maroons

The Moline Maroons (30-11) were one strike away from a Class 4A state semifinal win and a berth in the title game when the Bartlett Hawks (32-8) mounted a rally and upset the defending state champs 7-3 Friday at Eastside Centre. Moline entered the top of the seventh clinging to a 3-2 advantage. Sophomore pitcher Alaina Hofmann got the first batter of the inning to fly to center, but hit No. 9 hitter Steph Tomazin. Hofmann struck out the next hitter, but a walk brought Temple-bound junior catcher Kaylyn Zierke to the plate. After working the count full, Zierke singled in the tying run. Two batters later, Kayla Haberstich hit a three-run homer that put Bartlett up for good. The Hawks rally erased a record-tying two-homer effort by Moline senior shortstop Brittny Drish. The Illinois State Redbird commit drove in all three Maroons runs, using a bat that wasn’t even hers. “I got mine confiscated in the very beginning of the game,” Drish said. “I ended up using the same bat that (Jordan de los Reyes) does, but its Lecy Walsbusser’s bat.” Bartlett plays Chicago Marist (26-15) in the IHSA Class 4A Championship game at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.  Click here for complete game stats.

-Bob

Moline sophomore Jordan de los Reyes’ lined a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning sending Moline (27-8-1) to its 10th softball state championship game since 1987. Moline has five IHSA state softball titles. The Maroons defeated Benet Academy (30-10) from Lisle 5-3 in the Class 4A semifinal game at Eastside Centre. Moline had 10 hits in the game and pitcher Jordan Kasbohm struck out seven Redwings batters.

-Bob

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