DANVILLE — Kotah Broeker probably never felt better after getting hit by a pitch.
The senior on the Salt Fork baseball team was plunked with the bases loaded during the bottom of the eighth inning during Saturday's Class 1A sectional title game against Mt. Pulaski, letting Jacob McGee score the winning run at Danville Stadium and sending the Storm into the Elite Eight with a walk-off 6-5 victory.
It was the second rally of the day needed by Salt Fork (24-4) to keep its season intact. The Storm trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh before plating two runs — one on an RBI groundout by Broeker and the game-tying run on an RBI single by Kieler Bennett — to set up even more late-game heroics.
Broeker finished 2 for 4 with three RBI to pace Salt Fork's offense, while Bennett was 2 for 3 with his aforementioned RBI, while Zach Gritten and Gage Romack also drove in runs.
Josh Weller recorded the win in relief, throwing three innings of one-hit ball.
Salt Fork advances to face Ottawa Marquette (30-1) at 11 a.m. Monday in a super-sectional game at Jack Horenberger Field on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
Panthers lose close one. Logan Petersen threw a complete game for LeRoy baseball, but Ottawa Marquette won 1-0 on Saturday during a Class 1A sectional title game in Bloomington.
Max Buckles and Nate Sammer each had two hits for the Panthers (23-6), who gave up the only run in the fourth.
Rockets stumble. Unity softball's quest for the program's first sectional title will have to wait.
The Rockets fell 6-0 to host Olympia on Saturday in a Class 2A sectional title game in Stanford.
Elyce Knudsen, Jalyn Powell, Grace Frye and Gracie Renford each had a hit for Unity (27-6), which trailed 2-0 after three innings and 4-0 after five innings.
Bulldogs falter. Host Mahomet-Seymour fell behind 6-0 after two innings and couldn't make up the deficit in a Class 3A regional championship game defeat that ended the Bulldogs' season.
Ashley Wheeler drove in two runs for M-S (19-11), while teammates Samantha Tamburo and Aubrie Shore each collected two hits.