Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

Kresin's hit delivers late walk-off win

BLOOMINGTON — The pitcher's duel lived up to the hype.

And then some.

Villa Grove delivers on potential

CHAMPAIGN — Big crowds and meaningful postseason games don't seem to faze the Villa Grove softball team.

At least on the surface.

Huddle up: Road to state continues for these area teams

Postseason hardware is on the line for nine area baseball and softball teams on Saturday. Sports editor MATT DANIELS breaks down their respective title games:

Salt Fork (23-4) vs. Mt. Pulaski (23-5), 9:30 a.m.

Villa Grove's Eversole comes up clutch in close victory

CHAMPAIGN — Jeana Block gathered her Villa Grove softball team outside the Blue Devils' first-base dugout.

The top of the fifth inning had just ended during Wednesday's Class 1A St. Thomas More Sectional semifinal game between Villa Grove and Fisher, with the visiting Bunnies holding a precarious one-run lead.

Prep postseason roundup: Wrzosek pitches in for Salt Fork baseball

In baseball

Class 3A

Paris Regional

Mattoon 6, Centennial 2. The sixth-seeded Chargers trailed 5-0 after three innings and couldn't make up the deficit in a regional semifinal setback. Trey Ryan and Nolan DeVriese each had an RBI for Centennial (18-15).

Class 1A

Houpt paces area contingent in 2019 IBCA all-star games

PONTIAC — Sean Houpt’s basketball career at Danville ended at the hands of E.J. Liddell and his Belleville West teammates in a Class 4A sectional title game loss in March.

Now, Houpt and Liddell will be teammates at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 8 in Pontiac.

Workmanlike approach works wonders for Spartans

ST. JOSEPH — Adam Frerichs doesn't have a double, a triple or a home run this season.

The St. Joseph-Ogden senior catcher only has a .216 average and 12 RBI going into today's Class 2A sectional semifinal game against host Bloomington Central Catholic.

Unity's freshmen are Wise beyond their years

TOLONO — Four freshmen started on Saturday for Unity's softball team.

Playing in a regional title game — and the subsequent pressure that arises in a win-or-go-home postseason format — might usually lead to a few nerves. A few mistakes. Especially in a close game.

Burnett delivers gem in keeping regional title streak alive for SJ-O

TOLONO — Crayton Burnett grew up watching Louis Acklin, Hunter Hart, Dalton Parker, Colton Carr, Colton Hale, Mason Coon and a host of others win postseason baseball games for St. Joseph-Ogden in the last decade.

On Saturday, Burnett lived it.

Powell helps power Rockets in regional title win

TOLONO — Aimee Davis didn't think any home runs would happen on Saturday.

Especially with the wind blowing in at Unity softball's home diamond.