Advanced Prep (Week of April 24)

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.

Saturday's highlights: Danville baseball sweeps Big 12 matchup

In baseball

Eureka Round-Robin

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.

Friday's highlights: Tuscola softball 21st straight win

In baseball

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.

Thursday's highlights: Blue Ridge's Jayne hurls no-hitter

In baseball

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.

Area prep statistics: Baseball (April 21)


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

Wednesday's prep highlights: PBL endures first loss

In baseball

■ 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.

Ace in the hole: A look at area's top shortstops

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.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Beesley, Bagger spark Maroons

In baseball

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).

April 20 prep sports chat

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:30pm

Believe it or not we're a month away (or less) from the start of postseason action in all area prep sports. Which teams are positioning themselves the best to make a run whether it be baseball, softball, girls' soccer or track and field? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to take any and all questions regarding the local high school sports scene during his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday.

April 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The regular signing period is well underway. What moves might Brad Underwood make to round out his first Illinois roster? Can Illinois softball keep rolling in the Big Ten? Will Illinois baseball build off its Big Ten series victory against Northwestern? Which high school spring sport teams have shown the most so far?