Saturday's prep highlights: Central baseball adds two more wins
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, Schlarman 0. Johnny Walder, Andrew Zenner and Axl Denault combined on a three-hit shutout for PBL.
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2. Dustin Mercer earned the pitching win for PBL (23-6) and Payton McClure was 3 for 3.
■ Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 4, Schlarman 1. Axel Doran went 3 for 4 with a double and drove in two runs to spark the Falcons, who scored all four of their runs in the top of the seventh inning. Teammate Austin Hornstein hit a home run and drove in the other two runs.
At St. Joseph
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 11, Argenta-Oreana 5. Cole Berry homered and SJ-O teammates Dalton Walsh and Brock Immke each drove in two runs. Dalton Parker (4-0) struck out six batters.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Pleasant Plains 3. Immke (5-0 with four no-decisions) struck out 10 in a seven-hitter. The Spartans (28-1) won in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler McCormick and Clayton Slifer led off with back-to-back singles to open the seventh. Berry singled home pinch runner Alex Hager to end the game. SJ-O catcher Chase Gadau had two doubles.
■ LeRoy 9, Delavan 5. Ethan Bryant (3-2) allowed two earned runs and was supported by a 12-hit attack. Bryce Dooley had three hits, two of which were doubles.
■ Midland 6, LeRoy 3. Ricky Vermaat led the Panthers (13-11) with two hits and an RBI in the title-game loss of the LeRoy Invitational.
■ Champaign Central 4-4, Normal Community 3-0. The Big 12-leading Maroons (28-1) moved to within two wins of tying the school record for a season, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to win the opener “against one of the best pitchers in the conference,” Central coach John Staab said. Zach Dorner picked up the win with 22/3 innings of relief. Pinch runner Alec Altmyer scored the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 1 on a walkoff single by Jon Foster. Pitchers Zach Williams and Tanner Gordon teamed up on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap. Teammates Joe Aeilts and Jake Cribbett each drove in two runs.
■ Bloomington 6-0, Centennial 5-1. Luke Smith pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game, striking out eight. Austin Johnson, who was 2 for 3 in each game, had a triple and drove in the lone run for the Chargers (17-9). Zach Parks had two hits in the opener, which Bloomington won with a sixth-inning run to break a 5-5 tie.
■ St. Thomas More 13-18, Clifton Central 3-6. Closer Storm Joop made his first start in the opener, fanning seven in five innings as the Sabers improved to 22-5 overall and 11-1 in Sangamon Valley games. Braxton Parisi and Mike Plecki were each 3 for 3 in the opener. Plecki (7-1) added three more hits in the second game and earned his second win of the week. Parisi and Sean Sullivan each contributed two hits.
■ Normal West 24-23, Urbana 11-1. The Tigers overcame a 9-0 first-game deficit to lead 11-9 before losing by the 10-run rule. Jon Tauber had four hits and Chris Revell had three for Urbana (8-12). Britton Roberts had the Tigers’ lone hit in Game 2.
■ Danville 5-14, MacArthur 0-4. Dylan Marble struck out 16 in a two-hit shutout in the first game. Marble and Tristan Wolfe each had two hits. In the second game, Wolfe was 3 for 5 and Austin West was 3 for 3.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 7, Olympia 2. All three of Joe Kenney’s hits were home runs — accounting for five RBI — as the Bulldogs won at home. Jack Rettig struck out four in 62/3 innings and got last-out help from Cully Day.
■ Normal U-High 11, Prairie Central 1. Tyler Wenger had two hits for the Hawks, who scored their lone run on Darren Raby’s sacrifice fly.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 1, North Vermillion (Ind.) 0. Rylee Goodwin pitched a four-hitter, striking out seven, and received the only run he’d need when Martin Garrett scored a fourth-inning run for the Buffaloes (14-7).
■ Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 10, Arcola 0. Shandon Herschberger and Noah Yantis each drove in two runs for the Knights in a home win. Ross Ryan threw a four-hitter. Arcola’s Dalton Pantier had two hits.
■ Neoga 7-6, Unity 6-11. Mitchell Snodgrass went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Rockets in the first game before C.J. Short went 3 for 3, with two doubles, and two RBI in the second game. Zeke Eisenmenger added two RBI for Unity in the second game.
■ Okaw Valley 5-3, Villa Grove/Heritage 3-2. Tyler Price and Chance Lemmon had hits in each game for the Hawks. Spenser Eversole slugged a second-game home run.
■ At Decatur. St. Joseph-Ogden won two of three games to reach the 20-win mark for the season. For the day, Ashlynn McConaha had seven hits and scored three runs. Molly McElwee had five hits and five stolen bases. Spartans Andrea Coursey and Allison Rose each totaled five hits. SJ-O topped Sacred Heart-Griffin 6-4 and Coal City 11-4. Lexie Boaz picked up both wins. The Spartans (20-6) lost to Meridian 9-8.
■ Normal Community 19-12, Central 0-2. Reni Nugent was 3 for 3 in the second game for the Maroons, who were no-hit in the first game. Imani Maatuka and Shireen Hassan drove in runs for Central.
■ Danville 10-9, MacArthur 0-8. Alissa Peelman (11-4) and Tera Baxter teamed up on a three-hit shutout in the opener for the Vikings. Kennedy Richards hit a first-game homer and Mackenzie King had a second-game triple.
■ Bloomington 7-20, Centennial 1-7. Aolani Sprout was 2 for 2 with a first-game home run for the Chargers. In the second game, Amy Janson was 2 for 3 with a home run.
■ Bismarck-Henning 10-3, Schlarman 3-6. B-H’s Phoenix Lacombe fired a one-hitter in the opener and was backed by an errorless defense. Teammate Lanie Andrews had three hits. Alexis Rangel homered for Schlarman in Game 2 and Maria Rangel picked up the pitching win.
■ Villa Grove/Heritage 8-6, Okaw Valley 6-15. Miranda Pruitt and Myranda Mayhall each had two hits for VG/H in the first game. Pruitt finished the day 5 for 8. Alix Ezell hit a home run in Game 2.
■ Normal West 14-22, Urbana 1-4. Krista Broom was 3 for 5 for the doubleheader and Urbana teammate Taylor Lovett drove in runs in each game of the home Big 12 losses. Lovett was 2 for 4 for in the twin bill. Urbana (8-20) had 11 hits for the two games. In the opener, 12 of the Wildcats runs were unearned.
■ Unity 11, LeRoy 0. Tiffany Christman homered and McKenzie Krutsinger and Madison Routh combined on a four-hitter. Routh, Madi Clark and Avery Tolliver each had two hits.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 13-0, North Vermillion 10-25. Brittany Hay had four hits in the doubleheader split. First-game winning pitcher Lexi Sliva had three hits. Teammate Tristan Mingee had two hits in the opener.
In girls’ soccer
■ Herscher 4, Centennial 0. Lindsey Wisniewski had 10 saves for the Chargers, who were held scoreless and allowed two goals in each half.
In boys’ track and field
■ At Kankakee. Watseka’s 1,600-meter relay team won the event to help the Warriors place second at the Irish Relays.
In girls’ track and field
■ At Kankakee. Watseka’s Allee Bunting won the discus with a toss of 102 feet, 1 inch as the Warriors placed fifth at the Irish Relays.
In boys’ tennis
■ At Lockport. Centennial won all four of its duals to capture team honors in a 16-team invitational. Max Zheng was 4-0 in his singles matches, winning five sets by 6-0 scores. In doubles, Andrew Scaggs and Patrick Kearney won all four of their matches in two-set sweeps. Will Small and Matthew Scaggs were also unbeaten for the day in doubles.
In bass fishing
■ At Carlyle Lake. Monticello moved up 14 positions to finish 24th in the state finals. The Sages squad, consisting of Lake Clifton, Kyle Smith and Mason Cary, weighed in three fish Saturday totaling 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Monticello was the area’s top finisher. Atwood-Hammond had its two entries finish in a tie for 26th and 33rd. Unity placed 46th. Of the 66 teams that qualified for state, 59 caught fish during the two-day event.