Thursday's prep highlights: Urbana softball rallies past Central
■ Central 14, Tri-County 0. Phillip Swartz tossed a two-hit shutout and the visiting Maroons (23-1) cruised to a five-inning win. Swartz struck out seven and improved to 7-0 on the season, while Nick Brunson (two doubles, four RBI) and Luke Beesley (three hits) led the 13-hit attack by Central.
■ Centennial 6, Danville 5. The visiting Chargers held off a late rally by Danville as the Vikings scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to pull within a run before Centennial emerged with a Big 12 win. Austin Johnson had two RBI and struck out seven, while Anthony Martin (3 for 4, three RBI) contributed as well for Centennial.
■ Monticello 11, Urbana 1. The visiting Sages scored at least one run in every inning during its five-inning triumph. Matt Crook led the way offensively, supplying three hits and four RBI, and Daniel Caldwell hurled a two-hit complete game, striking out 11. Tanner Russell had one of two hits for Urbana and stole two bases.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 10, Pontiac 1. Bradley Gleason hit a home run and drove in three runs, Joe Kenney had two hits and two RBI, Tom Kenney went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Kevin Mumm drove in two runs for the host Bulldogs, who improved to 8-0 in Corn Belt play. The offensive output was more than enough for Cully Day, who struck out eight and allowed three hits in a
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 15, Clifton Central 4. The visiting Spartans (22-1) scored five runs in the fourth inning and seven runs in the fifth inning to close out a win in five innings. Cole Berry struck out seven and ran his record to 6-0, while helping himself at the plate by going 3 for 3 with four RBI. Jake Stewart, Dalton Walsh and Brock Immke each had three hits to help out the Spartans’ 20-hit attack.
■ Arcola 8, Arthur Okaw Christian 1. Richard Jaeger drove in three runs and doubled to lift the Purple Riders to a home victory. Seth Still (2 for 3, RBI) and Devin Warren (2 for 4, RBI) added multiple-hit games for Arcola. Clayton Strader struck out four and limited AOC’s offense, allowing two hits in throwing a complete game.
■ Cissna Park 8, Watseka 7. Ben Jennings scored on a wild pitch to cap a wild comeback by the host Timberwolves, who plated five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post the comeback win. Devon Laubscher went 3 for 4 for Cissna Park and Dylan Reetz drove in a run. Cody Scott went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Kyle Giroux went 2 for 4 with two RBI to spark Watseka.
■ Hoopeston Area 6, Armstrong-Potomac 4. Kendall Walder struck out 12 and did not give up an earned run to pace the Cornjerkers before Bryce Smeigh struck out three and picked up the save. Andrew Samet (2 for 3, two RBI) and Kade Ramos (home run) produced offensively for Hoopeston Area. Isaiah Robles went 2 for 3 with an RBI for A-P, which received nine strikeouts from Dentler Loschen.
■ LeRoy 8, Ridgeview 2. Brett Egan racked up 13 strikeouts and yielded only three hits to pace LeRoy. Bryce Dooley and Teddy Harms each had two hits for the Panthers.
■ Iroquois West 13, Tri-Point 5. The Raiders compiled seven runs in the first inning en route to a home win. Eli Fink had five hits and three RBI, Gabe Rushbrook had two hits, two RBI and four stolen bases and Austin Conrad had four hits, including two doubles, for IW.
■ Paris 16, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 8. Tyler Lunger had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for the visiting Buffaloes. Dylan Bina-James (3 for 5, RBI) and Ethan Sliva (2 for 3, RBI) also contributed for G-RF/C.
■ Tuscola 13, Fisher 3. The host Warriors used a six-run first inning and a five-run fourth inning to ease past the Bunnies. Tucker Robinson hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead Tuscola, while Nick Bates, Tristan Williams and Clayton Turner each hit a home run for the Warriors. Brett Kersey (1 for 2, two RBI) and Grant Pointer (2 for 3) contributed for Fisher.
■ Westville 9, Milford 3. Kyle Brazas struck out 11 and Tyler Dicken drove in two runs to lead the visiting Tigers. Clayton Rieches, Tanner Davenport and Jordan Gullquist each had an RBI for the Bearcats.
■ Normal West 11, Rantoul 8. The Eagles managed to score six runs in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough in a road loss. Tanner McLain, Thomas Wolken and Alex Vermillion each had three hits for Rantoul.
■ Urbana 8, Central 6. The host Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a 6-2 deficit before holding on for the Big 12 win. Urbana’s Kiara Moses had a superb game offensively, going 4 for 4 with two RBI, while Taylor Lovett hit a two-run home run and Krista Broom went 3 for 4 with two RBI. Becca Crisman, Reni Nugent and Imani Maatuka all went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Maroons.
■ Mattoon 12, Centennial 0. The host Chargers only managed four hits, with Katie Brown going 1 for 2 while Lexi Hall doubled.
■ Clinton 12, Shelbyville 4. Megan Tool went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Shalyn Houston struck out four as the host Maroons built a 12-0 lead after four innings.
■ Fisher 9, Cerro Gordo/Bement 2. Molly Fairfield hit a three-run home run and Megan McCoy struck out 12 en route to a complete game to carry the host Bunnies. Kristi Krigbaum had a two-run single for the Broncos.
■ Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 7, Hoopeston Area 1. Amber Wittemann (3 for 4), Breanna Walker (2 for 4, RBI) and Emmily Elder (2 for 4, RBI) carried the visiting Falcons, who scored all seven of their runs with two outs. Karsin Miethe went 3 for 3 and drove in the lone Cornjerkers’ run.
■ Milford 7, Westville 3. Mindy Garrelts hit a two-run home run and Sierra Fanning went 3 for 3 with two RBI to carry the Bearcats. Kylie Lesko (2 for 3) had an RBI double for the Tigers.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 19, Clifton Central 1. Allison Rose, Ashlynn McConaha, Mady Poulter and Logan Frerichs each had four hits for the visiting Spartans, who scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and seven more in the third.
■ St. Thomas More 9, Schlarman 8. Josie Powell, Taylor During and Leah Allison all hit doubles to lead STM at home.
■ Unity 10, Warrensburg-Latham 5. Madison Routh and McKenzie Krutsinger each went 4 for 5 with three RBI to propel the Rockets’ offense in a road win, with Krustinger hitting a home run. Madi Clark (2 for 4) helped out Unity with two RBI and a triple.
■ Watseka 15, Donovan 0. Hayley Gray went 3 for 3 with two home runs and six RBI, to complement the superb pitching of Taylor Bauer, who struck out 12 and only gave up one hit for the host Warriors. Bauer added a home run, while teammates Devin Curry (3 for 3, RBI) and Emily McCann (2 for 2, two RBI) chipped in for Watseka.
In girls’ soccer
■ Urbana 1, Centennial 0. Ellie England tallied the only goal of the match in the second half off an assist by Anna Billman as the host Tigers held off the Chargers to earn a Big 12 win. Kayla Lard made four saves in goal for the Tigers, and Devin Kyler corralled four saves for Centennial.
■ Central 8, St. Teresa 0. Maddy Chalifoux scored four goals and had two assists to lift the Maroons on the road. Claire Redden and Maria Jiminez each had a goal and an assist for Central to complement Chalifoux’s scoring spree.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 6, Bloomington 0. Sarah VanWingerden tallied three goals and Mia Epley posted two goals to lead the host Bulldogs.
■ St. Thomas More 7, Danville 1. Louisette Lukusa recorded a hat trick and dished out two assists as the Sabers won on the road, while teammate Michaela Ward supplied two goals and an assist.
■ Urbana University High 1, Matton 0. Madeleine Nelson had a first-half goal for the visiting Illineks and Jia Curry-Bild recorded the shutout in goal.
In boys’ tennis
■ At Urbana. Jesse Dankle did not lose a game, coming through with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles, and St. Thomas More blanked Paris 9-0.
■ At Bloomington. Hwanjae Yoo and Nikhil Thope each posted 6-0, 6-0 victories for Central to lead the Maroons in a 9-0 win against Bloomington.