Monday's prep highlights: Dowling sets career home run mark

Monday's prep highlights: Dowling sets career home run mark

In baseball

Class 2A

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Regional

Prairie Central 11, Iroquois West 1. The seventh-seeded Hawks cruised to a five-inning regional quarterfinal win behind big games from Rafael Macias (2 for 3, two RBI), Carter Nowak (3 for 4, RBI) and Cooper Palmore (1 for 4, two RBI). Prairie Central (11-13) moves on to face No. 1 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game. Jack McMillan posted the lone hit for No. 9 IW (8-12).

Georgetown-Ridge Farm Regional

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 11, Westville 5. The eighth-seeded Buffaloes overcame a 4-1 deficit to earn a regional quarterfinal win. Justice Arthur (2 for 3, two RBI), Kaden Mingee (2 for 3, two RBI) and Garrett Latoz (2 for 4, two RBI) each delivered key hits for G-RF/C (11-11), which plays No. 1 Tuscola at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game. Bryce Burnett went 1 for 4 with three RBI and a home run for Westville (2-29).

Watseka Regional

Hoopeston Area 2, Watseka 1. The eighth-seeded Cornjerkers plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, just enough offense for Cameron Flint and Graham Eighner in a regional quarterfinal win. Flint tossed six innings of one-run ball before Eighner closed out the win for Hoopeston Area (13-22). Corey Moore tied the game at 1 in the sixth with an RBI double and Ben Brown brought home Moore with a sacrifice fly to put Hoopeston Area — which plays No. 2 Olympia at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game — up for good. Conner Curry went 2 for 2 for No. 10 Watseka (11-16).

Class 1A

Mt. Pulaski Regional

Judah Christian 4, Cerro Gordo/Bement 3. The ninth-seeded Tribe (6-11) won a regional quarterfinal game thanks to Cole Hettmansberger (2 for 4, RBI), Joe Linsner (1 for 3, RBI), Grant Albaugh (1 for 2, RBI) and Joe Myhre (1 for 4, RBI) as Judah Christian advanced to play No. 1 Mt. Pulaski at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game. Dawson Swaim went 2 for 4 with an RBI to lead the seventh-seeded Broncos (6-17).

Schlarman Regional

Armstrong-Potomac 3, St. Thomas More 2. Dalton Loschen carried seventh-seeded A-P to a walk-off win in a regional quarterfinal game by doubling home Trey Wilken with no outs in the bottom of the 10th. Gaven Lund (1 for 5, two RBI) and Hunter Powell (2 for 3) also contributed for the Trojans, who play top seed Salt Fork at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game. Noah Eyman drove in both runs for ninth-seeded STM (3-21) and Dawson Magrini added two hits.

Schlarman 5, Fisher 0. Cole Carnahan and Rance Bryant combined on a three-hit shutout, striking out 16 in a regional quarterfinal win for the fifth-seeded Hilltoppers. Michael Welch went 2 for 3 with two RBI out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup for Schlarman (8-15), which advanced to play No. 4 Milford at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game. Tyler Martin, Dylan Baker and Jed Chow each had a hit for No. 10 Fisher (2-23).

Nontounrmanet

Champaign Central 4, Charleston 2. Cole Jones went 2 for 4 and hit a fifth-inning grand slam, supplying the visiting Maroons (23-9) all the runs they would need in a nonconference win.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 6, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 2. Layne Harden went 2 for 4 with five RBI to lead the visiting Falcons (18-4) to a win in their regular-season finale as GCMS went up 4-0 after three innings and held on for a Heart of Illinois Conference road win.

LeRoy 12, Okaw Valley 2. Logan Petersen hit a solo home run for one of his three hits and drove in three runs while Ty Egan also had three hits and three RBI for the visiting Panthers (20-5) in a six-inning nonconference victory.

St. Joseph-Ogden 11, Tri-Valley 4. Adam Rose went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and seven stolen bases for the Spartans (24-8-2), while Adam Frerichs and Crayton Burnett each had two hits and an RBI as SJ-O extended its win streak to seven games.

Tuscola 9, Monticello 7. The visiting Warriors rallied from a 7-2 deficit after three innings to earn a nonconference win and increase their win streak to 19 games. Cade Kresin (3 for 5, two RBI), Cameron Ochs (2 for 3, two RBI) and Brayden VonLanken (2 for 4, RBI) led Tuscola (26-2). Hunter Williams (2 for 2, three RBI) and Asher Bradd (2 for 4, two RBI) led Monticello (15-10-1).

In softball

Class 2A

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Regional

Hoopeston Area 15, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 5. The sixth-seeded Cornjerkers finished off a six-inning regional quarterfinal win by scoring 14 of their 15 runs in the final three innings. Jaylyn Linder and Madalyn Goble each went 2 for 4 with three RBI to lead Hoopeston Area (20-14), while Logan Robinson (2 for 4, two RBI) and Raven Rutherford (2 for 4, two RBI) both had strong games. Ali Watson and Emily Ray each added three hits and scored three runs. Baylee Cosgrove drove in two runs, Lorena Arnett scored three runs and Maddy Foellner doubled for No. 7 PBL (9-17). Hoopeston Area is slated to play No. 2 Bloomington Central Catholic at 4:30 p.m. today in a regional semifinal game.

Maroa-Forsyth Regional

Monticello 17, Warrensburg-Latham 6. The sixth-seeded Sages won a five-inning regional quarterfinal game behind four RBI from Lizzy Stiverson, while Kaleena Davis and Hannah Uebinger each scored three runs. Addison Wichus, Skylar Frye, Miranda Fogal, Mackenzie Daniels and Davis each had an RBI for Monticello (9-14), which plays No. 2 St. Joseph-Ogden at 4:30 p.m. today in a regional semifinal game.

Unity Regional

Oakwood 7, Westville 4. The ninth-seeded Comets scored two runs apiece in three straight innings to take control of an eventual regional quarterfinal win against the 10th-seeded Tigers. Kerrigan Shafer (2 for 3, two RBI) and Kylie Neuman (2 for 4, two RBI) both hit home runs to carry Oakwood (13-14) into a regional semifinal game against top seed Unity at 4:30 p.m. today. Desi Darnell hit two home runs to pace Westville (8-19).

Watseka Regional

Milford/Cissna Park 2, Iroquois West 0. Kaylee Warren threw a three-hit shutout to help the eighth-seeded Bearcats advance with a regional quarterfinal win. Samantha Conley (1 for 3, RBI) and Lyndsey Leitz (1 for 3, RBI) supplied all the timely hits Milford/CP needed. Jacey Stiers went 2 for 3 to lead the 10th-seeded Raiders (0-27). Milford/CP (16-10) is set to face No. 2 Herscher at 4:30 p.m. today in a regional semifinal game.

Class 1A

Villa Grove Regional

St. Thomas More 18, Mt. Pulaski 14. Emily Ritter went 3 for 4 with three RBI to spark ninth-seeded STM (2-18) to a regional quarterfinal win. The Sabers move on to face top seed Villa Grove at 4:30 p.m. today in a regional semifinal game.

Nontournament

Charleston 15, St. Joseph-Ogden 4. The host Spartans suffered a nonconference loss in their final regular-season game, but Bailey Dowling made state history in the process. The Alabama commit connected for her 61st career home run — and 18th this season — with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. The home run by the junior broke the previous mark of 60 career home runs hit by former Benet Academy product and current Illini Stephanie Abello. Dowling finished 2 for 3 and added another solo home run later in the game to increase her career mark to 62, while Hannah Dukeman also drove in two runs for SJ-O (20-9).

Dwight 12, Watseka 4. The visiting Warriors saw their nine-game win streak end with a Sangamon Valley Conference defeat. Magan Harris (2 for 3, RBI) and Teagan Cawthon (2 for 4, two RBI) both doubled to spark Watseka (15-9).

LeRoy 7, Champaign Central 0. The visiting Panthers (22-9) received two hits and two RBI from Lynsee Clow in a nonconference win. Taylor Cribbett went 2 for 3 to spark Central (8-17).

Rantoul 8, Centennial 6. Rantoul scored seven runs in the first inning and held on for a nonconference win. Kristen Fauser hit a home run for the Eagles (9-16) and Madisyn Walton had two RBI. Hannah Luchinski (2 for 4, two RBI) and Ashlyn Perry (2 for 4) each hit home runs for the Chargers (11-14).

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