Category: State Finals

Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal clash between Southwest Suburban Blue Conference rivals Orland Park Sandburg (24-15) and Lincoln-Way East (27-11) at EastSide Centre was dominated by Eagles senior pitcher Sarah Herold. She limited the Griffins to four hits in the 5-1 victory as Sandburg advances to the IHSA state title game Saturday against Gurnee Warren (28-9). Herold gave up four hits, struck out six and walked one, and also added three hits of her own. The only run was unearned in the fifth and came on an RBI single by Alana Selvaggio bringing home Nicole O’Donnell. Junior first baseman Katie Krzus led the Eagles with three hits including a two-run homer and 4 RBI’s.

-Bob

The Rock Island Alleman softball team late rally stuns Monticello 7-5 in the Illinois High School Class 2A state semifinal game Friday afternoon at EastSide Centre. The Pioneers advance to state title game against Teutopolis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Rock Island Alleman (31-6) scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the strength of senior Mackenzie Sanchez‘s grand slam off of Monticello Sages (30-5) senior Chrissy Gadbury.

-Bob

St. Charles East senior Olivia Lorenzini’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh gave the Fighting Saints a 3-2 victory over the Barrington Fillies in the IHSA Class 4A state softball semifinals on Friday at EastSide Centre. Lorenzini, who stepped to the plate 0-for-3, worked the count to 3-2. She then fouled off five successive pitches, before roping Keenan Dolezal’s offering to center field and past Tess Bolger’s outstretched glove Haley Beno (22-4) earned the win by scattering five hits, walking one and striking out three. The Saints (33-5) will face Minooka (22-8) for the Class 4A state tile at Mizuno Field in East Peoria at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

-Bob

The Glenbard South Raiders (30-5) advanced to IHSA Class 3A state finals with a 5-1 over Tinley Park Friday morning at Eastside Centre. Senior Stephanie Chitkowski pitched the final five innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while senior third baseman Hannah Taylor launched a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth off Sarah Gillespie that broke open a one-run game. The defending state champion lady Raiders will play Alton Marquette at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mizuno Field.

-Bob


The Kankakee Bishop McNamara Irish (35-0) took advantage of two second-inning errors to beat the Tremont Turks (29-1), 8-2 in the IHSA Class 2A state title game on Sunday afternoon at EastSide Centre before over 1,200 fans. The lady Irish made the most of its two-out at-bats, getting half of its eight hits in a row with two outs. Successive singles by Caitlyn Delong (2-for-3, two RBIs), Alee Rashenskas (2-for-4, two RBIs), Bailee Porter (2-for-4) and Meghan Gill scored runs. Senior Jaelen Hull (28-0) scattered three hits including singles to Kennedy Runyon and Jill Runyon, had three strikeouts, and walked none. The Turks Kali Sanders hit a long home run to left centerfield with Tanner Garey on first for her seventh home of the year. Despite down 5-2, Tremont pitcher Jaycee Craver retired 12 in a row from the last out in the second to the sixth’s first two outs. The sophomore (22-1) struck out six, walked one, and gave up eight hits.

-Bob

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