Bunnies softball hauls in regional hardware

Bunnies softball hauls in regional hardware

DWIGHT — Missing out on a regional championship last year didn't affect the Fisher softball team on Saturday.

The Bunnies recorded an 11-4 win against Gardner-South Wilmington to win the Class 1A Dwight Regional title, giving the program its sixth regional title in the past seven seasons.

Shelbee Owens sparked Fisher (20-10) at the plate by going 4 for 4 with two RBI, one of five Bunnies to collect at least two hits.

Taylor May (2 for 4, two RBI), Kylee Bishop (1 for 3, three RBI), Sydney Eichelberger (3 for 5) and Sidney Hood (2 for 5) also played a key role in helping Fisher keep its season intact. The Bunnies moved on to face Villa Grove (22-12) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a 1A sectional semifinal game at St. Thomas More.

Eichelberger threw a complete game for Fisher, striking out 10 and scattering six hits. Back-to-back four-run innings in the third and fourth innings increased Fisher's lead to 9-4 and Eichelberger struck out four in the final three innings while not allowing a hit to seal the win.

Witruk leads SJ-O. St. Joseph-Ogden staked Zoey Witruk to a 3-0 lead after three innings of Saturday's Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth Regional title game against the host Trojans, and that was all the run support the right-hander needed.

Witruk struck out 15 in throwing a two-hit complete game as SJ-O (22-9) recorded its 11th straight regional title and 36th in program history. The Spartans advance to face host Olympia at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a sectional semifinal game.

Kaylee Ward went 2 for 3 with a two-run double in the third inning proving to be the decisive hit in a rematch of a 2018 sectional championship game between the two schools that SJ-O won.

Savannah Smith also chipped in with an RBI double for SJ-O.

Eberle shines. Madi Eberle hit a home run and tossed a complete game, leading host Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to a 3-2 win against Bloomington Central Catholic on Saturday in a regional title game.

Eberle, a Southern Illinois commit, struck out 13 and only yielded four hits as GCMS (17-7) won its first regional championship since 2014. The Falcons move on to face Unity (26-5) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in an Olympia Sectional semifinal game.

Eberle, Maci Bielfeldt and Lauren Leonard helped GCMS overcome a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning when Eberle walked and Leonard doubled before Bielfeldt brought both runners home on a bunt. Eberle struck out four of the final five hitters she faced to lock up the victory.