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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

East Peoria Junior Ashley Emert homered and senior Sarah Finck pitcher led the Red Raiders to a 6-1 victory at Morton High School Thursday. East Peoria wrapped up an unbeaten Mid-Illini Conference season. Ciera Montgomery doubled to start a two-run second inning for the Raiders (26-4, 14-0). Emert belted a solo home run in the fifth and Kali George capped the scoring with  a run-scoring single in the top of the seventh. Finck allowed three hits and struck out nine Potters for the win. Jessica Cave drove in the only run for Morton.

-Bob

After losing to top rated East Peoria (32-3) twice during their Mid-Illini conference season Limestone (20-16) stunned the lady Red Raiders, 2-0 in the IHSA Class 3A Morton regional Tuesday afternoon. The Rockets junior pitcher Alissa Otto tossed a one-hitter — a single to lead-off the game — with four strikeouts and three walks. Limestone got on the board in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a two-out, RBI triple from Ryelee Foiles. The junior took a 1-2 pitch to right field, scoring Kelly Arnett. The Rockets added a run in the fifth after chasing starter Alex Smith (11 strikeouts, one walk, three hits). East Peoria left six runners on base including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning.

-Bob

The #1 ranked East Peoria Red Raiders (16-1, 6-0) continued there stellar season downing Pekin High School (5-6, 1-5) 9-1 in Mid-Illini prep softball Thursday afternoon. The Raiders were led by senior pitcher Alex Smith who tossed a 14-strikeout, two-hitter against the lady Dragons. East Peoria banged out 12 hits against two Pekin pitchers. Savanna Tapper, Sarah Finck, and Nicole Montgomery banged out two hits each, and the Red Raiders had seven extra base hits.

-Bob

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