Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial returns favor
Centennial 5, Central 1. Centennial ace Josh Manolakes limited host Champaign Central to three hits as the Chargers won 5-1 in a Big 12 Conference game Thursday.
“He’s been our go-to guy. He has drawn the biggest assignments,” Centennial coach Rich Hyde said of Manolakes.
After Champaign Central defeated the Chargers 14-6 on Tuesday night, Hyde said having Manolakes on the mound Thursday gave his team a confidence boost.
“He’s been a three-year starting pitcher for us,” Hyde said.
Centennial, which is scheduled to play the Maroons in a Class 3A regional game next Thursday, tried to put Tuesday’s loss behind it quickly.
“That’s one game, and you have to play two more times (including Thursday’s victory),” Hyde said. “How you react to a lopsided victory is the most important thing.”
Drake Peratt recorded two hits and two RBI for Centennial (24-11, 7-6). Kurtis Brown had an RBI single for Central (13-22, 4-9).
Hyde said he hasn’t decided who will start the regional opener against the Maroons.
“It’s a win-or-go-home type of game. We have a week off to prepare for it,” Hyde said.
Danville 5, Crete-Monee 4. Chuckie Robinson homered, and Chase Thurston hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that plated Jon Cotton. Winning pitcher Cash Kiser (6-4) scattered five hits in his complete game for the host Vikings (18-13), who celebrated Senior Night in style.
Mattoon 9, Urbana 6. Nick Amaya had three hits for the visiting Tigers, who got two hits from Tanner Russell (triple) and a double and three RBI from Brian Summers.
In Class 1A regionals
Schlarman 3, A-P 1. Winning pitcher Tyler Brennan (5-3) struck out 10 and scattered four hits in seven innings for the second-seeded Hilltoppers at Sidell. Dalton Dieu went 2 for 3 with an RBI for Schlarman, which also got RBI from Nick Catlin and Lucas Spezia. DJ Davis struck out 10 in six innings for Armstrong-Potomac. The Hilltoppers are scheduled to play top-seeded Salt Fork for the title at 1 p.m. Saturday. The teams have split two contests this season.
Iroquois West 5, Streator Woodland 3. Kyle Pool homered and scored two runs for the second-seeded Raiders at Dwight. Iroquois West received a double and two RBI from Trenton Miller. Winning pitcher Henry Gerritson (5-3) stranded 11 runners.
South Piatt 8, Cerro Gordo 3. Connor Gross struck out 14 and went 2 for 3 with four RBI for the second-seeded Wildcats, who will play top-seeded Tuscola at 11 a.m. Saturday. Andy Webb homered for South Piatt, which lost 3-1 to the Warriors earlier this season. Joe Peter went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Broncos.
LeRoy 10, Blue Ridge 0. Conner Builta and Clint O'Neal each doubled for the fifth-seeded Knights against the top-seeded Panthers in LeRoy.
In Class 2A regionals
El Paso/Gridley 3, Prairie Central 2. Parker Busch and Mitch Wessels each doubled and drove in a run for the second-seeded Hawks in Fairbury.
Olympia 14, Clinton 4. Steven Evans went 3 for 3, including a double, with an RBI for the third-seeded Maroons, who got a double and an RBI from Marshall Sprague. Zach Pate also doubled for Clinton (17-13).
Centennial 12, Central 2. Katie Janson allowed two hits in her complete-game victory for host Centennial in Big 12 play
Urbana 14, Danville 12. Taylor Lovett had three hits and two RBI for the visiting Tigers in a Big 12 game. Molly Harmon and Kelsea Bishop added two hits apiece, and Jessa Johnson drove in two runs for Urbana.
In boys' track & field
At Mahomet. Centennial junior Luke Vaughn uncorked the fourth-best discus throw in area history, a 184-foot, 7-inch effort that won Mahomet-Seymour's Class 2A sectional and qualified him for state.
Meet champ Mahomet-Seymour had sectional champs in Marshall Graham (100 meters), Cale McCormick (800), Andrew Roney (pole vault) and Derek Bunch (shot put).
Centennial was fourth, St. Thomas More fifth and Champaign Central sixth in the 14-school event.
Other area champions were St. Thomas More's Pierre Tuell (400), Centennial's David Briscoe (110 high hurdles) and Central's Bradley Wright (long jump).
M-S captured the 1,600 and 3,200 relays, both of which included Matthew Chupp and Elijah Johnson.
At Homewood. Danville's CIRRON CLARK won the pole vault (15-4) to advance to state.