N-G Softball Top 10: SJ-O keeps grip on top spot

N-G Top 10

This week: Softball

TEAM (PREVIOUS) W-L 1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1) 37-0 — 25th straight 20-win season

2. Tuscola (2) 23-6 — First 20-win season since 2008

3. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (6) 27-8 — First 20-win season since 2010

4. Blue Ridge (5) 20-11 — Sixth straight 20-win season

5. Heritage (7) 28-3 — Fourth straight 20-win season

Vikings' softball season ends

NORMAL — The Danville softball team's bats were held in check by Normal Community's Nicole Nonnemacher in the Ironmen's 10-0 Class 4A regional semifinal win Tuesday.

Nonnemacher limited the Big 12 rival Vikings to one hit in the five-inning contest, improving her record to 22-3.

Jordan Ogle recorded the lone hit for Danville, which concluded its season with an 8-23 record.

Tigers showing signs of promising future

URBANA — It was one game out of the 35 Urbana's Tigers have played during this softball season.

Yet Monday's Class 3A regional opener easily mirrored the season: Down, but not out.

Before Urbana batted against visiting rival Champaign Central — before even recording an out — the Tigers were in need of a comeback.

3A Softball Regional: Urbana vs. Champaign Central 5/21/12

Champaign Central vs. Urbana  during their Class 3A softball regional game at Urbana on Monday, May 21, 2012.

Saturday's highlights: Everingham, Spartans continue assault on record book

In softball

Class 1A regionals

Heritage 3, Schlarman 1. HILARY SMITH threw a four-hitter, striking out 10 to lift the host Hawks to their first regional title in school history.

Panthers exact revenge on Blue Devils

HOOPESTON — A year ago, a junior-laden Paxton-Buckley-Loda softball team fell by a single run to Bismarck-Henning in a regional championship game.

The Panthers never forgot the feeling, with coach Lindsey Alred saying prior to the teams' rematch in the Class 2A Hoopeston Regional championship, "I don't have to bring it up, they were all here."

Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial returns favor

In baseball

Nontournament action

Summer seasoning pays off for Heritage

BROADLANDS — Four seniors have played softball four years at Heritage High School, establishing a legacy that will last forever.

Another group may come along and duplicate the Class of 2012's record of four consecutive 20-win seasons, but no future graduating class can surpass it.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Ridgeview softball advances

In softball

In Class 1A regionals

Ridgeview 19, Fisher 8. Marissa Freidmansky went 3 for 5 (double) with five RBI to power the third-seeded Mustangs, who got two hits, two runs and two RBI from Danielle Powell. Taylor Hastings added three hits (two doubles) and an RBI in the semifinal victory at Gibson City.

Romshek's one-hitter leads the way for GCMS

GIBSON CITY — Reagan Romshek and Kaiti Bowen form one of the best pitcher-catcher duos in area softball.

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley backstop showed that in Tuesday's 15-0 five-inning win against Armstrong-Potomac in a Class 1A regional semifinal.