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).
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.
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?