URBANA – Timely offense and a sparkling defensive play for the final out helped Urbana beat Centennial 6-5 on Tuesday night in a Big 12 baseball game.
The Tigers pushed across two runs in the sixth inning then squelched a seventh-inning rally for the win. Backup shortstop Garrett Johnson's barehanded pickup and quick throw of a Centennial ground ball produced the final out.
"If the game had been on ESPN, it would have been a 'Web Gem,' " Urbana coach Steve Waller said of Johnson's play. "One of the best ways I've seen a high school baseball game end."
LaQuan Grein and Bryan Fink had two hits apiece for the Tigers (14-7, 3-3 Big 12).
"It was a great win for us," Waller said. "Centennial is having a great year, just like us. The atmosphere was great, being a night game, and both teams played well. We couldn't ask for a better game."
Urbana scored the go-ahead run on an error following a single by Ben Thompson. He later came around to score on a wild pitch for a 6-4 lead. The Chargers (13-10, 5-5) scored a run in the seventh before Johnson's play ended it.
Nick Thompson (4-3) picked up the win.
Tim Weaver homered for Centennial, and Mark Roughton added three hits.
Danville 4, Mattoon 3. Blake Janesky had two hits and made a game-saving play in the seventh for the visiting Vikings (11-9, 3-4 Big 12). With Mattoon runners at first and second, Janesky snagged a line drive and stepped on the base to end the game. Chuckie Robinson added two hits for Danville.
Mahomet-Seymour 14, Armstrong-Potomac 1. Josh Raymond and Josh Menacher homer in the host Bulldogs' rout.
St. Thomas More 20, Tri-Point 1. Julian Boswell drove in four to power the host Sabers.
Hoopeston Area 7, Bismarck-Henning 6. Wes Rush's bases-loaded walk produced the winning run for the Cornjerkers. Stephen Krout homered for the Blue Devils.
Oakwood 17, North Vermillion (Ind.) 15. Casey Fletcher (three hits, three RBI) and Austin Buckley homered and Jimmy Rutledge had four hits and three RBI for the visiting Comets (14-8).
Sullivan 3, Argenta-Oreana 1. Chad Frerichs pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 for the host Redskins.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 11, CPCI 0. Dylan Overstreet and Connor Allen powered the visiting Panthers with three hits apiece.
Unity 8, Clinton 4. Mitch Negangard slugged a three-run homer and Tyler Bialeschki struck out 10 as the host Rockets improved to 17-4. Cale Robinson homered for Clinton.
St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Iroquois West 0. Ben Knipfer pitched a two-hitter in a home win.
St. Thomas More 2, St. Teresa 1. Ashley Cox had a goal and an assist to propel the visiting Sabers. Corinne Kennedy also scored. Claire Dabrowski made eight saves.
Urbana Uni 2, Danville 0. Erika Belmont and Michelle Wong scored second-half goals for the host Illineks (10-3-3).
Normal U-High 3, Mahomet-Seymour 0. Goalkeeper Hillary Veitch made 12 saves for the host Bulldogs (9-4).
Monticello 1, Charleston 1. Hannah Smith scored in the first half and keeper Colleen Donohue collected nine saves for the visiting Sages (6-7-2).
Champaign Central 9, Urbana 0. Kendrith Rowland's 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles led the Maroons.
Prairie Central 10, Mahomet-Seymour 9. Stephanie Wessels' go-ahead homer in the top of the eighth powered the Hawks. Kathryn Bahler drove in three. Nicole Smith knocked in three for the Bulldogs.
St. Thomas More 9, Tri-Point 5. Brooke Schmidt, Brittany Einck, Becca Millage and Sierra Myerscough collected two hits apiece for the host Sabers (22-7).
Monticello 15, Unity 5. Sarah Foran (two RBI) and Kaitlyn Barrett had three hits apiece for the host Sages.