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URBANA — Memorial Day was Flashback Monday for Tuscola softball coach Lenny Sementi.
The early arrivers to Eichelberger Field for a Class 1A super-sectional game didn't see the Warriors playing pitch and catch, fielding grounders or studying the extensive scouting report at their disposal.
They saw a group of teen-agers, clad in their uniforms, singing and dancing.
SENECA — St. Joseph-Ogden didn't require Elizabeth Everingham's record-setting power hitting in Monday's Class 2A super-sectional softball game. The Spartans did all the little things against Chicago Christian, scoring four runs on bunts en route to an 11-1 five-inning victory.
ST. JOSEPH — Abby Immke's name is prominent on the list of top contributors to St. Joseph-Ogden's top-ranked and unbeaten Class 2A softball team.
She drove in seven runs against Centennial, had three RBI against a 20-win Paxton-Buckley-Loda team, hit a grand slam against a 20-win Monticello team and also slugged a home run against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's 20-win team.
WATSEKA — Two weeks turned into three. Soon it was four. Then, five.
St. Joseph-Ogden's Stephanie Canfield sat out 12 midseason games during her senior year with a torn hamstring.
When she returned, Canfield still wasn't at full strength.
"She couldn't run at 100 percent the first couple weeks (back)," SJ-O coach Randy Wolken said.
RANTOUL — Rich Thomas' words were prophetic.
"If we can get to the top of our order," the Rantoul softball assistant coach said before he settled into his spot in the first-base coach's box before the top of the seventh inning started with the Eagles trailing Mahomet-Seymour 5-2, "we're going to win this game."
He was right, and Rantoul won the game.
DANVILLE — Saturday was "a pretty nice day to be a Warrior," Tuscola baseball coach Duff Hoel said.
NORMAL — Mahomet-Seymour knocked off Big 12 champion Bloomington on Thursday.
Its reward is the top seed — and regional host — in Normal West in Saturday's championship game.
WATSEKA — Before Thursday's Class 2A sectional semifinal against Kankakee Bishop McNamara, St. Joseph-Ogden coach Randy Wolken said his team was in for a "terribly tough" game.
His premonition was correct, and it took a bold decision to help the Spartans squeak through to the Watseka Sectional final.
BUFFALO — Seven innings, three hits allowed, six strikeouts and no walks was Hilary Smith's stat line in Heritage's sectional semifinal Wednesday.
In any other matchup, she could have easily won the game. Against Cumberland, ranked 11th in the final Class 1A coaches poll, it was only enough to force extra innings.
RANTOUL — Left-handed batters in softball are often pigeonholed into a stereotype.
Most of the time, they're slap hitters who use their speed to push a hit toward third base or get on with a bunt.