Thursday's prep highlights: Brillhart brilliant for Centennial softball
■ Urbana 7, Danville 6. The host Tigers held off a seventh-inning rally by the Vikings to claim a Big 12 win. Jon Tauber threw the first six innings for Urbana, had two hits and drove in a run before Kiel King recorded his second save of the season. Austin Wolfe and Nolan First each had two hits and two RBI for Danville.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 8, Normal U-High 5. Cully Day hit two home runs and recorded the win to help the host Bulldogs improve to 7-0 in Corn Belt play. Joe Kenney added two hits, including a home run, while Tom Kenney, Andy Livingston, Nick McHale and Kevin Mumm also rapped out two hits for M-S.
■ Rantoul 10, Prairie Central 4. Kolton Vermillion struck out 11 on the mound and went 2 for 4, including a triple, with two RBI to lead the host Eagles in Corn Belt action. Tanner McLain (2 for 3, RBI) and Kyle Flessner (2 for 4, RBI) produced steady offensive outputs in helping Rantoul post seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after trailing 4-3.
■ St. Thomas More 9, Cissna Park 1. Mike Plecki and Storm Joop combined on a one-hitter to lead the visiting Sabers. Plecki did not allow a hit in five innings of work, striking out seven. Joop went 3 for 3 and Braxton Parisi drove in two runs on two hits to pace the STM offense. Josh Marquez had the lone hit for the Timberwolves.
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 7, Watseka 6. A two-run home run by Drew Schrodt in the bottom of the fifth inning staked the host Panthers to a 7-3 lead it would not relinquish. Martin Mennega (2 for 4, RBI) and Axl Denault (2 for 3) complemented Schrodt’s solid hitting day for PBL. Cody Scott compiled three hits, Cole Davenport had two hits and Kyle Giroux drove in two runs for the Warriors.
■ Oakwood 9, Hoopeston Area 5. The Comets rallied from a 4-3 deficit by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to prevail at home.
■ Villa Grove/Heritage 12, Arthur Okaw Christian 2. The host Hawks capitalized on an 11-run fourth inning to cruise to the win. Tyler Price (2 for 3, three RBI), Cole Lemmon (2 for 2, two RBI) and Kaleb Robertson (1 for 3, two RBI) led the offense, while Alec Bean struck out five in three innings. Drew Beachy (1 for 2) drove in a run for AOC.
■ Centennial 9, Urbana 4. The host Chargers darted out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to a Big 12 victory. Makena Brillhart led the way for the Chargers, going 2 for 3 with five RBI. Danielle Staske tossed a complete game for Centennial and struck out 12. Krista Broom had two hits and Makayla Perkins drove in two runs for the Tigers.
■ Shiloh 14, Champaign Central 4. The host Raiders used a nine-run third inning to break the nonconference game against the Maroons open, with Jessica Hunt going 3 for 3 with a home run and five RBI. She also struck out six. Alex Gill (2 for 3, three RBI) also chipped in for Shiloh. Rebecca Chrisman, Madison Omer, Brittany McCormick and Jennifer Sola each had an RBI for the Maroons.
■ Mattoon 7, Danville 4. Kennedy Richards had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI to pace the host Vikings, while Lindsey Loewenstein (1 for 3, two RBI) and Alissa Peelman (2 for 3) contributed for Danville, which allowed three runs in the top of the seventh inning to snap a 4-4 tie.
■ Rantoul 12, Prairie Central 2. Jordan Smith went 4 for 4 with three RBI, and two of her hits were home runs during Rantoul’s Corn Belt win at home. Harley Denny (1 for 3) added a home run for the Eagles, while Logan Wascher (3 for 4, RBI) and Rheanna Jones (2 for 3, RBI) were key components as well during Rantoul’s 15-hit attack. Cassie Somers led Prairie Central with three hits.
■ Blue Ridge 10, Clinton 7. The Knights rode a three-run home run from Megan Tsevelekos in the first inning to a home win. Cheye Beres added two RBI and Mackenzie Beck contributed two hits for Blue Ridge. Megan Tool hit a two-run home run and Haley Ginger went 3 for 4 for Clinton.
■ Hoopeston Area 7, Oakwood 5. The visiting Cornjerkers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally for the win as Hailee Swinford hit the go-ahead single in the inning. Hannah Grubb went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored to spark the Comets.
■ Watseka 6, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 5. The visiting Warriors relied on timely hitting from Taylor Bauer (3 for 4, two RBI), Samantha Hodolitz (2 for 3) and Emily McCann (1 for 2, RBI) to knock off PBL. Skylar Harris went 2 for 3, including a triple, and drove in a run for the Panthers, while teammate Asti Hastings had three RBI.
■ Monticello 4, Tri-Valley 0. Chrissy Gadbury threw a four-hit shutout and struck out six to propel the Sages in a road win. Two-run home runs by Allie Hislope (1 for 3) and Sophie Catlin (2 for 3) accounted for all the offense Monticello needed.
■ Tuscola 9, Paris 0. Madeline Meinhold scattered seven hits while striking out nine in throwing a shutout for the Warriors. Anna Watson (3 for 4, three stolen bases), Amber Tabeling (2 for 3, RBI) and Morgan Little (triple, two runs scored) sparked Tuscola’s offense.
In girls’ soccer
■ Central 3, Bloomington 0. Maddy Chalifoux scored all three goals to lift the host Maroons to a Big 12 victory. Emica Quigley and Claire Redden each had an assist.
■ Monticello 7, Judah Christian 0. Eilish McLean scored three goals to spark the host Sages, while Maddie Leischner supplied two goals. Katie Rummery made 25 saves for Judah Christian.
■ Urbana University High 1, Decatur Lutheran 0. Madeleine Nelson scored a first-half goal off an assist from Mary Campbell, and goalie Jia Curry-Bild helped preserve the shutout in a road win for the Illineks.
■ Mattoon 1, Centennial 0. Devin Kyler corralled four saves for the Chargers in a home loss.
■ Normal Community 6, Urbana 0. The visiting Tigers trailed 5-0 by halftime in a Big 12 defeat.
■ Normal West 2, Mahomet-Seymour 0. Tori Rolson made four saves for the Bulldogs in a road loss.
In boys’ tennis
■ At Danville. St. Thomas More’s Travis Tressler edged Danville’s Logan Nelson 7-5, 7-5 at No. 1 singles and the Sabers beat the Vikings 8-1 in a dual meet. STM won the doubles point, while Kevin Lichtenberger notced the only victory for Danville.
■ At Urbana. Urbana University High’s Kevin Beauchamp won his No. 2 singles match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, but the Illineks dropped a 6-3 match against Mt. Zion.