Category: State Tournament

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

Top ranked Manteno High School beat the East Peoria Red Raiders 4-2 in the IHSA Class 3A Supersectional at Illinois State University Monday evening. The Red Raiders (32-5) led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, that’s when the Panthers (38-1) struck for three runs off three hits and two East Peoria errors. Manteno senior pitcher Brooke Stulga and Western Illinois University recruit retired the final 14 EP batters. She tossed a three hitter, walked none and struck out three. Junior third baseman Taylor Kellum provided all of the Raiders offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Manteno faces Sterling High School at Eastside Centre in the State semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

-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

Glenwood Titans senior Kassidy Sheedy scored the game-winning goal just over two minutes into the first of two overtimes against Peoria Notre Dame. She fired a shot over PND goalkeeper Jenna Ashley‘s head and lifted the Titans to a 2-1 win at the IHSA Class 2A Morton Supersectional at Rotary Field Tuesday. The Chatham Glenwood High School girls soccer team will have a shot at defending its Class 2A state title. Glenwood (16-4-2) is two wins from claiming a second consecutive state title. The Titans will play a state semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. against Lake Forest (17-6-1) at North Central College in Naperville.

-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

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