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SAUGET — In a sport measured by wins and losses, Danville's baseball Vikings found something almost as good.
It's a winning attitude.
Triad's Knights are going to state.
Danville's Vikings are going home. Proud.
SAUGET — Chase's Thurston enjoyed a 1-2-3 first inning in Monday's Class 3A super-sectional baseball game.
One of the outs, and two of the strikes on the second batter, came before a brief — but heavy — rain soaked GCS Ballpark. Thurston got the second out on his next pitch after a 6-minute delay and completed the inning with a strikeout.
We asked prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner to rate this season's Danville baseball team:
PEORIA — With fireworks exploding and Queen's "We Are The Champions" playing over the O'Brien Field speakers, the Tuscola baseball team stood on the top step of the first-base dugout Saturday and looked on as Effingham St. Anthony's players celebrated their 6-1 Class 1A baseball state championship game win with a dog pile on the mound.
PEORIA — After throwing a complete-game two-hitter in Friday's Class 1A semifinal baseball win against Lena-Winslow, Tuscola's Jacob Barr said he was available to pitch seven more innings in Saturday's title game if necessary.
With St. Anthony leading the Warriors 5-0 after three innings, coach Duff Hoel put the right-hander in the game for the last three innings.
MAHOMET — With his team down three runs — and down to its last at-bat — Danville coach Gary Gritton snuck a peek inside his dugout.
"It was surprisingly more upbeat than you might think," Gritton said.
Of course it was.
PEORIA — Most of the players comprising the Tuscola baseball roster double as football players. Many of them played in three straight football state championship games.
Jacob Barr is a bit of an outcast, however, in that he doesn't play football.
PEORIA — Tuscola and Lena-Winslow aren't strangers in the athletic arena. In November 2010, the Warriors and Panthers hooked up in the Class 1A football title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Lena-Winslow won 47-14.
After Tuscola beat the Panthers 10-2 in the Class 1A baseball semifinals on Friday at O'Brien Field, Tuscola coach Duff Hoel recalled the football setback.
MAHOMET — For all of the reasons Danville High School could have lost its sectional baseball opener on Wednesday, there were an equal number why the team was victorious.
The obvious one was Chuckie Robinson.
Athletes of the Week
Recently: Staff ace passed the 200-strikeout mark for the season, helping the Eagles win a regional championship with complete-game efforts against Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour. During the team's stretch run, her ERA is about 1.00.