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MOUNT ZION – Only one of the current Centennial baseball players (Eric VonQualen) was in the starting lineup last spring when Mount Zion ended the Chargers' season in the sectional finals. Former Charger Tyler Stefan was on the field that day and that loss still haunts him.
MAHOMET – Nic DiFilippo's wife asked him for weeks what he wanted for his birthday. And every time she asked, the Mahomet-Seymour baseball coach had the same answer: "a W."
The Bulldogs came through for their coach Saturday, winning a Class 3A regional title 11-9 against Champaign Central on their coach's 28th birthday.
DANVILLE – Gary Hansgen doesn't mind being wrong about his baseball team.
Asked in the preseason to assess Salt Fork, he commented that the pitching would be strong but the offense might be questionable.
BRAIDWOOD – After his team nearly lost its first postseason game to Clifton Central last week, Watseka coach Darin Hartman didn't have to yell at his guys to get them refocused. The Warriors did that themselves and have ridden that wave all the way to Monday's Class 2A super-sectional at Lisle after a 5-4 win against Kankakee Bishop McNamara on Saturday.
We asked staff writer Marcus Jackson for his thoughts on today's baseball regional and sectional title games:
FARMER CITY – Think the folks here aren't excited about Blue Ridge athletics? Think again.
If you happened to be around town Saturday afternoon, you might have noticed the softball team getting a police escort into the city limits after winning the regional championship at Argenta-Oreana.
MONTICELLO – When the St. Thomas More baseball program was getting off the ground six years ago, the Sabers had 10 players.
Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top 10 teams in a spring sport. This week's topic: baseball