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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

It only took 74 hours for the East Peoria (23-3) to win the Morton Regional Class 3A championship against the host Potters (24-9). The Red Raiders hit three home runs to post a 6-4 victory. Junior outfielder Lauren Kent (2-for-3) belted a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth with two-outs and EP trailing 2-0. A Morton error scored Brooke Jacobs, who hit a double that knocked off Morton pitcher Nicole Koch’s forehead, and tied the game at 2-2. Sarah Finck then blooped a single over into right field for a 3-2 last lead. Nicole Montgomery (2-for-3, home run, double, two RBIs) added a pair of insurance with a two-run homer to the bleachers in left field. Her blast scored Taylor Kellum (2-for-3), who led off the fifth with a walk. Sarah Finck (2-for-4, home run, two RBIs) then set the final score when she led off the sixth a homer to left. She picked up the win with 11 strikeouts and allowing three walks. East Peoria plays Metamora (24-11) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Limestone Sectional semifinal.

-Bob

The Morton Lady Potters lead East Peoria, 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Play was suspended with lightning and heavy rains making the field unplayable. Morton struck in the top of the first inning on a two-run RBI single by Casey Brunton off junior Sarah Finck. Senior Nicole Koch has shut down the Red Raiders. They will resume the game at 11 a.m. Monday in Morton.

-Bob


Mid-Illini Conference co-leader East Peoria (8-1, 3-0) used a two-RBI single from Bridget Bankes as a part of a five-run third in its 7-0 win over the visiting Canton Little Giants (3-6, 0-3). The Red Raiders were led by juniors Sarah Finck (2-for-3, triple; seven strikeouts) and Kali George combined on the three-hitter for East Peoria.

-Bob

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