Wednesday's prep highlights: Central tops M-S
■ Champaign Central 8, Mahomet-Seymour 1. In a battle of unbeatens, Central sophomore PHILLIP SWARTZ continued his masterful work on the mound, going the distance in his second consecutive outing in leading the Maroons to a win against visiting Mahomet-Seymour at McKinley Field.
Swartz, who struck out six and scattered 10 hits while allowing no earned runs against the Bulldogs (7-1), threw a complete-game shutout in his last outing against Lincoln.
“He’s throwing it well,” Central coach JOHN STAAB said of his pitcher, who didn’t walk a batter. “He’s wise beyond his years. He’s a pitcher, not just a thrower. Our catcher, (LUKE) BEESLEY, deserves some credit, too. Those two work well together.”
The Maroons (12-0) received three hits and three RBI from JOE AIELTS, while CONNOR MAPES and ALEC BARGER each had two hits.
“Mahomet is a quality program with a ton of talent. This is a big win for sure,” Staab said.
Mahomet-Seymour got three hits from TOM KENNEY.
■ Tri-County 10, Arcola 1. The host Titans prevailed behind a nine-strikeout performance from CY FURGESON (3 for 3, RBI) on the mound. CLINT FOSTER added two hits, including a homer, and two RBI.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 10, Tuscola 1. CHASE GADAU (four hits, five RBI) and JAKE STEWART (four hits, two RBI) each homered to lift the host Spartans, who moved to 9-0.
■ Westville 10, Armstrong-Potomac 0. The visiting Tigers got three hits and two RBI from AUSTIN MILHOLLAND. TRISTAN FLYNN added a pair of hits, while ADAM HIGH and ZANE GREEN each drove in a pair of runs.
■ Salt Fork 8, Oakwood 1. ROSS LEARNARD collected three hits for the host Storm, which also got two hits apiece from winning pitcher COLE TAYLOR, COLE SANFORD and LANE WESTON. The Comets got three hits and an RBI from BLAKE VINSON.
■ St. Thomas More 7, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 3. The host Sabers got two hits apiece from BRAXTON PARISI (two RBI), HARRISON YORK (RBI), STORM JOOP (three runs) and winning pitcher MIKE PLECKI (nine strikeouts), who also homered. MARTY MENNENGA collected two hits for the Panthers, while AXL DENAULT drove in a pair of runs.
■ Blue Ridge 7, Fisher 5. WILLIAM DUGGINS scored a run and went 2 for 3, while ISSAC TROTTER ripped a two-run single in the first to pace the visiting Knights. Fisher’s GRANT POINTER struck out 12 in the loss. The Bunnies also got two hits from KYLE WILLIAMS and a two-run double from TYLER ROGERS (two hits).
■ Okaw Valley 4, Arthur-Lovington 1. CORY GRIFFIN walked and scored a run for the host Knights, who were no-hit.
■ Tri-Valley 22, LeRoy 12. The visiting Panthers got three hits and three RBI from BRYCE DOOLEY in the loss. JUSTIN MORGAN, JOE CHASTAIN and RICKY VERMAAT each had two hits.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 13, Schlarman 0. Winning pitcher DYLAN COSAT threw a two-hitter, striking out eight, and also drove in a pair of runs to lift the visiting Buffaloes. DYLAN BINA-JAMES (two hits), GARRETT MARTIN and RYLEE GOODWIN all drove in a pair of runs for G-RF/C, which got three hits from LUCAS BARHAM and three RBI from CONOR STEINBAUGH.
■ Salt Fork 13, Oakwood 1. The host Storm moved to 5-0, scoring all 13 of its runs in the opening frame of the five-inning game behind LEA HALL (three hits, four RBI) and KALYN LEARNARD (two hits).
■ Blue Ridge 7, Fisher 5. MACKENZIE BECK (two hits, two RBI), JAMISON BRANDT (two doubles, four RBI) and CHEYE BERES (three hits, two runs) powered the visiting Knights to a win. Fisher got three hits from EMILEE SCHWING and two hits from MOLLY FAIRFIELD (two runs).
■ Bismarck-Henning 7, Milford 6. The visiting Blue Devils rallied from an early deficit, thanks to BRITTANY RIBBE (three hits, two stolen bases) MASYN CLOW (home run, double) and winning pitcher PHOENIX LaCOMBE (2 for 3). Milford got three hits, including a homer, and three RBI from MINDY GARRELTS. ALISSA TOTHEROH, ERIN McNALLY and MADISON OVERBEY all had two hits.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 11, Centennial 1. ALLISON ROSE went 4 for 4 and scored a pair of runs to power the visiting Spartans. LEXIE BOAZ added a pair of hits and drove in two runs.
■ Armstrong-Potomac 5, Westville 0. The Trojans got three hits and an RBI from JOHANNA BRUENS, while ASHLEY GAYHEART scored a pair of runs. The host Tigers were led by KARLEE BURKES, who recorded a double.
■ Cerro Gordo/Bement 24, Martinsville 0. JOSIE ST. PIERRE, HALEY WRIGHT and HALEY HICKS all had three hits to pace the host Broncos. KAILAN MORRIS and ELAINA WITTMER each collected two hits.
■ Tuscola 4, Clinton 3. The host Warriors came from behind with a pair of runs in the sixth inning on an RBI double from HALLE McCRORY (two hits) and a safety squeeze by ALEXIS GUILIANI. PEYTON SHELMADINE added a pair of hits and an RBI. Clinton’s HALEY GINGER and SHALYN HOUSTON (RBI) each had two hits.
■ Bloomington Central Catholic 7, Mahomet-Seymour 6. EMILY ZIEGLER (two RBI) and ASHLEY ANGLIN (two runs) had two hits apiece for the visiting Bulldogs.
■ Arthur-Lovington 8, Okaw Valley 5. The host Lancers got two RBI each from winning pitcher KAITIE WILDMAN and SHERELLE COLLER. BROOKE TABB added a pair of hits, and EMILY HARLIN drove in a run.
In track & field
■ At Arthur. Thanks to AMANDA McCLAIN, who won three individual events, and MOLLIE BOWMAN, who won one, the Sullivan/Okaw Valley girls’ track team finished second to Neoga at the 11-team Arthur Invitational. McClain won the 200 meters, 400 meters and the long jump. Bowman won the triple jump. McClain and Bowman teamed with EMILY NEUHAUSER and ASHLYND RISLEY to win the 800 relay. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s KARLY GOODMAN won the shot put and discus.
■ At Arthur. In the boys’ meet, Tuscola won the title behind two-time winners ERIC PONDER (1,600 and 3,200) and STEPHEN GIBSON (shot put, discus). BROC SMITH (100) and JOHN EVANS (400) also won events for the Warriors.
■ At Bloomington. In a four-team meet, Centennial’s FAITH AYODELE (shot put, discus) won a pair of events, while DOMINIQUE LEWIS (100) and REBECCA KAEFRING (800) each won an individual event as well as a relay. Lewis teamed with LaTOYAH MASON, BERTHA FRAZIER and ADRIANNA WILLIAMS to win the 800 relay. Kaefring was a part of the winning 3,200 relay team with VIRGINIA DISCH, BRITTANI MATTHEWS and EMILY ROGERS. ALLISON KAEFRING (3,200) was also an individual winner for the Chargers.