A topsy-turvy week saw seven of our Top 10 teams lose at least one game. A look at our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:
RK., SCHOOL REC. PREV. COMMENT
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
1. MONDAY: Mattoon at St. Joseph-Ogden, softball, 5 p.m.
Bulldogs win twice. Mahomet-Seymour (11-9) defeated Tremont 16-2 and Eureka 19-2, both five-inning wins, as Brooks Coetzee and Bradley Hamilton each went 3 for 4 with three RBI in the win against Tremont. Kyle Kinney went 2 for 4 with four RBI against Eureka.
Arcola 12, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 8. Quinten Helmuth (2 for 3, three RBI) and Daniel Mendoza (2 for 3, two RBI) led the Purple Riders to a road win in eight innings. Waylon Schlabach and Cody Miller each drove in two runs for the Knights.
Blue Ridge 12, Armstrong-Potomac 0. Freshman pitcher Aaron Jayne fanned nine batters while firing his first varsity no-hitter as the Knights blanked the Trojans. Alec Lyle smashed a single and a triple, and Drew Wells scored a run for the Knights (12-10). The Trojans are now 1-10.
Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.
Carroll, LeRoy 6 9 4 3 .667
Steinbaugh, G-RF/C 32 19 17 13 .531
A. Bundy, Mont 21 15 11 3 .524
Stokowski, Mont 42 10 22 23 .524
J. Coplea, PBL 36 15 18 17 .500
Holoch, LeRoy 38 13 18 10 .474
Griffin, Danvl 36 8 17 4 .472
Plummer, Danvl 49 14 23 15 .469
■ Monticello 12, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 4. Konnor Bundy, Mitch Carr and Brody Macak had two hits apiece as the Sages (12-4) ended PBL’s season-long winning streak at 14 games with an eight-run triumph on the road. Cam Wittig earned the pitching win.
Eshleman’s improvement key for unbeaten Panthers
PAXTON — Cole Eshleman has always been a quality middle infielder. This year, though, the senior has transformed from a back-of-the-lineup hitter into an efficient offensive player for Paxton-Buckley-Loda, which is 14-1 going into today’s 4:30 p.m. home Sangamon Valley Conference game against Cissna Park.
■ Blue Ridge 9, Judah Christian 1. Caleb Trotter went 3 for 3 with a triple and four RBI to lead the host Knights (10-10). Sam Duggins added two hits and scored three runs for Blue Ridge, while Sam Harris collected two hits for the Tribe (0-5).