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Catcher Kolin Conner hit two homers and had sev­en RBIs as the Dubois County Bombers (11-2) rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and five runs in the eighth to beat the Springfield Sliders (3-11) 8-5 in a Prospect League game Tuesday night at Robin Roberts Stadi­um before 448 fans. Lincoln Land Community College product Mike Fitzgerald slammed a two-out, three-run homer in the first inning to give the Sliders a 3-0 lead, which they held until Conner blasted a three-run homer off starting pitcher Adam Peters in the seventh. Spencer Sapp started for Dubois County and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits but six walks and five earned runs. Joey McClung finished the game and gained the victory, his second without a loss. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three. Click here for complete game stats.

-Bob

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

The Canton High School (18-14) baseball team beat Illini West (18-16) 9-1 in the IHSA Class 2A regional game at Monmouth College. The Little Giants had 13 hits and left handed pitcher Alex Shake shut down the Chargers hitters only surrendering 2 hits and striking out 10. The Canton offense was led by left-fielder Eric Jarvis who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and 3 RBI’s, Jake Randall 3-for-5 with 2 RBI’s, catcher Jake Ketcham 2-for-3 and Cody Smith 2-for-4. Canton will face Rock Island (Alleman) on Saturday May 26th at 11:00 am for the sectional championship at Monmouth College.

-Bob

The Metamora Lady Redbirds (29-3, 12-1) scored a unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning without a hit to defeat the Washington Panthers 2-1 in Mid-Illini softball Tuesday afternoon. Junior Erica Phillips threw a one-hitter with six strikeouts, went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in the first inning.

-Bob

Legendary Chicago Cubs player and broadcaster Ron Santo died Thursday night of bladder cancer in Arizona. He was 70. “He absolutely loved the Cubs,” said Santo’s broadcast partner, Pat Hughes. “The Cubs have lost their biggest fan. Even objective baseball observers acknowledged Santo to be “the best player not in the Hall of Fame,’’ his career statistics and accomplishments on par with some of the eight third basemen who were enshrined at the time he played. A nine-time all-star in his 15-year career, Santo hit .277 with 2,254 hits, 342 home runs and 1,331 runs batted in. He also won the Gold Glove award five times.

-Bob

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