Saturday's highlights: Everingham, Spartans continue assault on record book
Class 1A regionals
Heritage 3, Schlarman 1. HILARY SMITH threw a four-hitter, striking out 10 to lift the host Hawks to their first regional title in school history.
"It's very exciting. I graduated from ABL, which is now Heritage, and it's really special," Heritage coach LISA BOYER said. "A lot of hard work went into this. It's the third year in a row playing Schlarman in the championship, and the seniors have played in all three of those. It meant a lot to them, and they have been focused."
STEPH SANDERSON (two runs) and DANI STIGERS each had three hits for Heritage (28-3). KYLEE WEST drove in the Hilltoppers' run.
Tuscola 3, Arcola 0. CARMEN COMMERFORD went 2 for 3 and drove in all three runs, leading the host Warriors to their sixth straight regional title.
"One of these years we're going to lose one and it's not going to be fun," Tuscola coach LENNY SEMENTI said. "It's still enjoyable, still the same excitement with this group. Six of the seniors have been starters since their sophomore year."
ERIN WALKER (19-3) fired a two-hit shutout for Tuscola, striking out eight. AUDREY MOONEY and SAM LEDBETTER each scored for the Warriors (23-6). TAYLOR EDWARDS had both hits for Arcola.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 12, Ridgeview 0. Winning pitcher REGAN ROMSHEK pitched a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts to lead the host Falcons to their third regional title in the last four years.
"They've had a great run; this is a great group of seniors," GCMS coach JIM LEWIS said. "It's exciting; they are very happy about their accomplishments. They've all worked really hard."
Romshek, BRIANNA WALL (RBI), JESSICA HUNTER (two RBI) and JACKIE FREEHILL (two RBI) all had two hits apiece.
Blue Ridge 1, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 0. JORDAN WHEELER tossed a perfect game, striking out 12 to lift the Knights (20-10) to their second straight regional title, at Heyworth.
"It's a good one to get when you come out on top in a championship game," Blue Ridge coach WAYNE BROWN said. "She started strong; all pitches were working. It's a big one, especially for a senior graduating (today), it was emotional for her."
TAYLOR BUILTA tripled to lead off the sixth and LIZ CORDES singled to score Builta for Blue Ridge.
Class 2A regionals
St. Joseph-Ogden 6, Unity 1. ELIZABETH EVERINGHAM improved to 28-0, firing a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts for the host Spartans (37-0). Her solo home run in the sixth inning was the 46th of her career, breaking the all-time IHSA record.
"She's just a great player. She's probably the best player to ever come through SJ-O, and that's really saying something because we've had a lot of great players through the years," Spartans coach RANDY WOLKEN said. "On the mound, hitting, defensively, she's the best fielder we've got. She's just been unreal. It's really neat to get that home run record because that means you've been consistent over four years."
Everingham's 28 wins are a program record.
"It's an odd combination having a home run record and pitching record, but it just shows how good of a ballplayer she is," Wolken said. "She's going to be successful at St. Louis University."
KENZIE JAMES had three hits, a stolen base and an RBI for the Spartans, who have won four straight regional titles and set a program record with 37 wins. SAMANTHA FLEMING added two hits.
"It's the best record; we're very proud of what they've done," Wolken said. "We've never gone unbeaten in the regular season before, so that's something."
Maroa-Forsyth 2, Monticello 1. ALLIE HISLOPE's solo home run in the top of the fourth gave the Sages a 1-0 lead, but the visiting Trojans scored once in the fifth and again in the seventh.
Centennial 5-10, Lanphier 2-6. COURTNEY STAMM had five hits and scored three times to lead the host Chargers to a sweep. KATIE JANSON, who was the winning pitcher in both games, had three hits, three RBI and scored three runs. BEKAH BAMERT had three hits and drove in four runs in Game 2.
Class 1A regionals
Tuscola 10, South Piatt 0. JOSH BROOKINS went 3 for 3 with three RBI, and his two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth ended the game and sent the host Warriors to their second straight regional title.
"It must be the haircut. The guys gave him a haircut this week because he wanted to look like BRYCE HARPER," Tuscola coach DUFF HOEL said. "But he's been hitting the ball very well lately. He's been working hard and spending a lot of time in the cage."
JACOB BARR pitched a one-hit shutout with five strikeouts. JIMMY KNIGHT and NOLAN WALSH each had two hits for Tuscola (20-13), which got a homer from DILLON HOEL.
"Jacob Barr was the story of the game. He threw a one-hitter, kept the hitters off balance and he really just threw a whale of a game. It was a hot day, battled through it all."
Schlarman 8, Salt Fork 1. The Hilltoppers won their second straight regional title behind LUCAS SPEZIA, who had two hits, and MASON GARD, who drove in two runs in Sidell. ALEC NEAL picked up the win, scattering six hits and striking out 10.
"He pitched a great game today," Schlarman coach JASON WOODWORTH said. "He gave up the one run and probably shouldn't have given that up."
The Hilltoppers will host the sectional.
"With the group we had back and getting TYLER BRENNAN back was big and winning the regional is always a goal," Woodworth said. "It was one of the tougher regionals we've played in, having to beat Armstrong-(Potomac) and Salt Fork. We're excited to come back home and play. It's rough hosting these things and not being able to play. We get to host it and there's obviously going to be four very good teams there. Hopefully we can continue doing what we've been doing and play well."
MAX STUTSMAN and GARRETT McFADDEN each had two hits for host Salt Fork.
LeRoy 6, Fisher 5. NOLAN SAMMER's double in the seventh plated NICK AUPPERLE to tie the game at five and later in the inning DREW RUCKMAN singled home Sammer to give the host Panthers their first regional title in nine years.
"We've been right here for a few years and last year was a heartbreaker," said LeRoy coach WAYNE MEYER, whose team lost in the regional final in 2011. "But we had some great at-bats, and our guys that have come through all year found a way. This is a great group of kids that find ways to win."
BRAD KIRBY hit a three-run homer in the second inning for the Panthers, the first of his career. Sammer doubled twice and Ruckman added two hits and two RBI for LeRoy (18-15).
Fisher's TAW FREDRICKSON had two hits.
Dwight 4, Iroquois West 3. Visiting Iroquois West took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, but Dwight tied the game in the bottom half and scored again in the eighth to walk off with the regional title.
TRENTON MILLER drove in a pair of runs for the Raiders (14-17). KEATON ZIRKLE had two hits, a run and a stolen base.
Class 2A regional
Bloomington Central Catholic 2, Rantoul 0. The host Eagles were held hitless until KELLY FOSTER lined a base hit to left with one out in the fifth.
TERRY DEAVILLE took the loss, allowing three hits and striking out six for the Eagles, who had beaten the Saints in two previous meetings.
"We had some situations offensively where we could have capitalized on it, but we didn't," Rantoul coach JOE DONOVAN said. "That was a factor in the game."