Villa Grove Blue Devils

Villa Grove Blue Devils

Burwell's hot hand delivers Blue Devils' first-ever sectional title

CHAMPAIGN — The scoreboard at St. Thomas More's softball field sits just past the fence in left field. A sign reading "Home of the Sabers" hangs under it.

Villa Grove delivers on potential

CHAMPAIGN — Big crowds and meaningful postseason games don't seem to faze the Villa Grove softball team.

At least on the surface.

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.

Area prep softball statistical leaders: May 24, 2019

Batting Averages

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Dowling, SJ-O 95 65 64 47 .674

Cosgrove, PBL 84 37 48 58 .571

Standish, Lex/Ridg 51 21 29 30 .569

Stal, GRF 106 44 59 43 .557

Dulin, Sulvn 72 28 40 15 .556

Neuman, Oakwd 85 37 47 35 .553

Bauer, Watsk 67 32 37 36 .552

Knudsen, Unity 113 47 62 25 .549

Villa Grove's Eversole comes up clutch in close victory

CHAMPAIGN — Jeana Block gathered her Villa Grove softball team outside the Blue Devils' first-base dugout.

The top of the fifth inning had just ended during Wednesday's Class 1A St. Thomas More Sectional semifinal game between Villa Grove and Fisher, with the visiting Bunnies holding a precarious one-run lead.

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

2019 baseball, softball and girls' soccer schedules/results

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DATE        OPPONENT            TIME/RESULT    RECORD
March 13    at Monticello            PPD

Ray's no-hitter leads Villa Grove to long-awaited title

VILLA GROVE — Jeana Block knew better than to dwell when her Villa Grove softball team dropped seven of its first eight games this season.

That same awareness kept the coach from being too surprised Friday evening when the same group of Blue Devils huddled together for pictures, posing with the program's first regional-title plaque since 2005.

Area prep softball statistical leaders: May 17, 2019

Batting Averages

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Dowling, SJ-O 91 60 60 41 .659

Cosgrove, PBL 84 37 48 58 .571

Standish, Lex/Ridg 49 21 28 30 .571

Bauer, Watsk 65 32 37 35 .569

Dukeman, SJ-O 102 49 58 48 .569

Knudsen, Unity 106 45 60 24 .566

Stal, GRF 103 44 58 43 .563

Lowenstein, Danvl 47 23 26 10 .553

Spartan's Rose steals the show

TOLONO — Adam Rose faced a basic reality Wednesday afternoon.

The St. Joseph-Ogden baseball pitcher saw Villa Grove/Heritage's first seven hitters produce four stolen bases across the opening two innings. It led to one run and chances for more.

So the Spartans senior simply didn't allow the Hawks to reach base anymore.

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