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Unity 6, Monticello 4. AUSTIN FENDER outdueled Monticello's JACOB WILLIAMS, picking up the win in a three-hit, 10-strikeout effort while pitching around four errors. The Sages made three errors behind Williams, who allowed four hits and struck out 11. CONNOR GRACE had an RBI double for the Rockets.
TEAM (previous) W-L
1. Mahomet-Seymour (1) 13-2-1 — Team has posted 12 shutouts
2. Centennial (2) 9-8-3 — Three losses by one-goal margins
3. St. Thomas More (5) 13-5-1 — Sabers 3-2 in one-goal outcomes
4. Champaign Central (3) 11-8 — Shut out in six losses
CHAMPAIGN — When first-year St. Thomas More girls' soccer coach James Johnson addressed his team in the preseason, he wrote a list of goals on a chalkboard. One of them was to win a regional championship, something that's never been done in school history.
"They didn't quite believe it at first," Johnson said.
We asked Fred Kroner for his thoughts on the area Class 2A soccer tournament, which begins next week. His thoughts:
Heritage 10, St. Thomas More 0. Winning pitcher HILARY SMITH (eight strikeouts) and BRITTANY LATHAM (four RBI) each had three hits to power the visiting Hawks, who got two hits, including a solo home run, from MICAELA CHILDRESS.
Bismarck-Henning 12, Hoopeston Area 2. LEXI BALLARD had three hits and an RBI and ASHLEE RONTO added two hits and three RBI to lead the visiting Blue Devils. The Cornjerkers got two hits and an RBI from SYDNEY CLARK.
Argenta-Oreana 2, Monticello 1. The host Bombers got an RBI single from LOGAN SPARK in the fifth inning that proved to be the game-winner. Monticello's NICK STOKOWSKI struck out 13 in the loss, and ROSS REEDER hit a solo home run.
Fisher 4, St. Thomas More 3. TATE ESTES drove in the winning run with a line drive off the fence in the bottom of the seventh for the Bunnies. Ester, PARKER PERRERO, TAW FREDRICKSON and BRAD PETTENGER each had two hits for Fisher. SEAN SULLIVAN had three hits for the Sabers.
CHAMPAIGN — It's been such a rough season from a health standpoint for the Centennial girls' soccer team, the Chargers' mascot is even nursing wounds.
"I'm not kidding you, we've got this stuffed-animal duck and it's got tape, bandages, stitches all over it," Chargers coach Hsiung Marler said. "The mascot is injured, that's how banged up we are."