Previously unbeaten SJ-O softball falls
STANFORD – Olympia scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand previously unbeaten St. Joseph-Ogden a 2-1 softball loss Monday in a matchup of Class 2A state powers.
Spartans senior Jenna Slifer held Olympia to four hits and struck out six in a pitching duel with Dani Williams.
Second-ranked SJ-O, which had six hits, fell to 12-1. No. 3 Olympia improved to 8-2.
"We need to regroup," Spartans coach Randy Wolken said. "We didn't hit the ball that well.
"It was disappointing, but Olympia is a really good team. We're not hitting like we should."
Stephanie Canfield had two hits and threw out a runner at the plate for SJ-O.
Urbana 9, PBL 7. Tess Allen went 3 for 4 for Urbana in a road win against Paxton-Buckley-Loda. Taylor Rubarts was 3 for 3 for the Panthers.
M-S 10, Centennial 1. Jessica Roberts went 2 for 3 with a triple and drove in two for visiting Mahomet-Seymour (3-8).
STM 16, Central 0. Rebecca Millage drove in five runs to lead St. Thomas More to victory against visiting Champaign Central in a 4 1/2-inning game. Millage, Alyssa Vodacek and Brooke Schmidt had three hits apiece for the Sabers, with Vodacek scoring four times. Sierra Myerscough drove in three runs for STM (11-5).
Millage and Myerscough combined to limit the Maroons (0-8) to two hits.
VG 5, Heritage 2. Lizzy Smith limited Heritage to six hits and went 2 for 3 with two runs to lead Villa Grove to a home victory. Rachael Bishop and Sarah Showalter also had two hits for the Blue Devils (7-3). Katie Rutledge went 2 for 3 with a home run for Heritage (2-2).
Blue Ridge 5, GCMS 3. Blue Ridge scored twice in the top of the eighth inning to edge host Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley. Winning pitcher Jordan Wheeler struck out eight and allowed an earned run. Staci Gardner drove in two runs for the Knights (11-5). Falcons pitcher Regan Romshek struck out 16 and allowed two earned runs.
B-H 15, A-P 0. Kimi Setser had three hits to lead Bismarck-Henning to a 4 1/2-inning win against visiting Armstrong-Potomac. Winning pitcher Frankie Shoaf, who shut out A-P on four hits, and Danielle Brown contributed two hits apiece for the Blue Devils (5-4).
Westville 6, Salt Fork 3. Taylor Poggendorf and Emily Taylor each went 3 for 4 for Westville in a road victory. Losing pitcher Hannah Darr (5-1) struck out nine.
Tuscola 18, A-O 10. Samantha Ledbetter went 3 for 4 with a homer and five RBI to lead Tuscola to a victory against visiting Argenta-Oreana. Taylor Turner and Taylor Kauffman drove in four runs apiece. Turner's three hits included a two-run homer, while Kauffman had three doubles. Natalie Stoeger and Alex Stupek each had three hits for the Bombers. Stoeger belted two homers and drove in three runs.
G-RF 10, Milford 8. Despite being outhit 13-8, Georgetown-Ridge Farm won on the road. Taylor Pearson went 2 for 4 with three RBI for the Buffaloes, who also received two hits from Logan Beckley. Emma Boyd was 4 for 4 for Milford. Anna Lucht drove in three runs for the Bearcats.
Okaw Valley 11, CG 0. Cerro Gordo was held to one hit in a five-inning home defeat.
Centennial 7, Clinton 3. D.C. Crowley went 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead Centennial to a road victory. Jammion Laws also drove in two runs for the Chargers (7-5), while teammate Dylan Hast belted his fourth homer, a solo shot.
Rochester 10, Urbana 7. Urbana rallied for a 7-5 lead with three runs in the fourth inning but was unable to hold on in a loss at Rochester (11-1). Bryan Fink had two hits and three RBI for the Tigers (7-4). Ben Thompson and Larry Green also had two hits apiece for Urbana.
STM 13, Monticello 1. Julian Boswell pitched a five-inning no-hitter as St. Thomas More extended its winning streak to 11 with a victory against visiting Monticello. Boswell struck out 10 for the Sabers (12-2). Zach Johnson doubled, tripled and scored three times for STM. Tyler Sullivan contributed a three-run triple to the win.
East Central 4, VG 1. Hunter Tweedy held host Villa Grove to four hits in a complete-game victory. Tyler Sanderson and Devon Biggs each went 2 for 3 for East Central, with Sanderson belting two doubles.
PBL 5, Unity 4. Jacob Bender's double in the seventh inning drove in Andy Fairchild with the go-ahead run and Paxton-Buckley-Loda held on to hand host Unity its first loss of the season. Kyle Negangard and Cole Craft each had two hits for the Rockets (8-1).
GCMS 10, Blue Ridge 0. Alex Kemmer held visiting Blue Ridge to five hits and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley capitalized on seven Knights errors to win a six-inning game. Tyler Buhs drove in three runs for GCMS (5-4) and teammate Jesse Brucker tripled.
Salt Fork 23, Westville 0. Joe Pratt pitched a three-hit shutout and had three of Salt Fork's 16 hits in a five-inning home victory. Ryan McCord, David Sacre and Nathan George drove in two runs apiece for the Storm.
LeRoy 4, Ridgeview 0. Scott Van Winkle pitched a five-hit shutout to lead LeRoy (5-3) to a home victory.
Sullivan 9, Windsor 2. Zach Righter went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs to lead Sullivan to a home victory. Chad Frerichs, Austin Raboin and Kent Hanson contributed two hits apiece to the win.
Schlarman 7, HA 4. Schlarman scored six runs in the first inning of victory at Hoopeston Area. Zane Dillon went 3 for 3 with a double for the Hilltoppers (7-6).
Oakwood 7, SJ-O 6. Oakwood scored in the bottom of the seventh after a leadoff double by Cameron Lee to edge visiting St. Joseph-Ogden. Trace McClintock had a three-run homer for the Comets. Blake Hoveln went 4 for 4 with a double for the Spartans.
In boys' track & field:
At Monticello. Mahomet-Seymour won three of four relay events and had two individual double-winners in a dual-meet victory against Monticello. Marshall Graham swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes for the Bulldogs. Teammate Jacob Patterson won the triple jump and high jump. Brett Winterbottom of the Sages captured the 300 intermediate hurdles and pole vault.
At Gibson City. Cody Gaesser won three events for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, which finished second to Pontiac in a three-team meet. Gaesser captured the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles and 800. The Falcons also won the 1,600 relay.
At Watseka. The host Warriors won seven events en route to the team title at the Watseka Invitational. Brock Ramos won two events for third-place Hoopeston Area: the 800 and 1,600. Tyler Allison of Watseka won the triple jump and ran on two first-place relays.
In girls' track & field:
At Gibson City. Jordyn Nettleton swept the 100 and 300 hurdles to lead Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley past Lexington. The Falcons won all four relays events. Sydni Meunier of GCMS edged fellow sophomore Kaley Ummel of Lexington by less than a second to win the mile. In the 2009 Class 1A state meet, Ummel finished fourth and Meunier eighth in the 800.
At Watseka. The host Warriors won six events and produced runners-up in 11 events in rolling to the title of the six-team Watseka Invitational. The Warriors scored 214 points, 131 more than second-place Hoopeston Area. Nancy Button (discus), Jessica Allhands (triple jump), Marianne Florido (100 hurdles) and Naomi Rodriguez (200) won individual events for Watseka. Rodriguez and Shana Conley each ran on Watseka's two first-place relays.
At Champaign. Samone Thompson won the 400 and ran a first-place 800 relay team for Champaign Central in a dual loss to Mattoon. Kristen Hammel of the Maroons won the pole vault and contributed to the relay triumph.
In girls' soccer:
Normal U-High 5, Urbana 0. The Tigers fell to 3-2-1 with a road loss.