Late woes for Salt Fork are costly in setback

BLOOMINGTON — Gage Romack cleanly fielded the hard groundball hit to him on one hop.

The Salt Fork senior third baseman gathered himself, stepped toward first base and unleashed a throw he's done hundreds, if not thousands, of times before.

Salt Fork Storm rolls into Bloomington

Salt Fork baseball could play in Peoria this weekend. All the Storm (24-4) have to do is knock off Ottawa Marquette (30-1) in a Class 1A super-sectional game at 11 a.m. today at Jack Horenberger Field on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Warriors not done with winning ways

TUSCOLA — Postseason runs are nothing new to Tuscola.

And we're not just talking baseball.

This school year has produced indelible memories for the Warriors on the football field and basketball court. Many of those same contributors, too, are leaving their mark on the baseball program.

Elite feeling: Salt Fork one win from state

DANVILLE — Kotah Broeker probably never felt better after getting hit by a pitch.

Illini pitching target shuts down Maroons in regional title game

MAHOMET — Champaign Central baseball coach John Staab acknowledged his team's first inning against Charleston for what it was.

A missed opportunity.

Central loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning against Trojans' starter Ben Hess.

And didn't score a run.

Kresin's hit delivers late walk-off win

BLOOMINGTON — The pitcher's duel lived up to the hype.

And then some.

HS Baseball: Champaign Central vs. Charleston

Charleston defeated Champaign Central 12-1 in five innings in the Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional title game at Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet on Saturday, May 25, 2019.



Huddle up: Road to state continues for these area teams

Postseason hardware is on the line for nine area baseball and softball teams on Saturday. Sports editor MATT DANIELS breaks down their respective title games:

Salt Fork (23-4) vs. Mt. Pulaski (23-5), 9:30 a.m.

Spartans, Warriors reach Sweet 16

BLOOMINGTON — Bringing a boisterous dugout to a high school baseball game can sometimes affect the product on the field.

There's no saying if that's how Bloomington Central Catholic jumped out to a 2-0 lead through one inning Wednesday afternoon versus St. Joseph-Ogden, but there was no doubt the Saints were looking to set a tone.

Area prep baseball statistical leaders: May 23, 2019

Batting averages

Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.

C. Kresin, Tuscl 103 41 54 47 .524

M. Miller, AOC 69 34 35 28 .507

Jayne, BlRdg 77 21 38 18 .494

Atwood, Milfrd 74 24 35 34 .473

Marshino, Milfrd 85 26 40 29 .471

Schrodt, PBL 73 34 34 19 .466

Barney, Milfrd 74 36 34 20 .459

Veldman, M-S 95 34 43 17 .453