MOUNT ZION -- Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey was happy with the message his team sent, overpowering MacArthur 15-1 in the regional opener.
Alli Davis started the night with a leadoff home run and added another in the second inning. Through three innings, the Braves led 15-0.
"It was a nice message to send to folks in the first game of regionals," Blakey said. "We started the night off with a home run and everyone else followed."
The Braves scored 15 runs on 10 hits, while starting pitcher Maddie Morgan held the Generals to one run (a Kiyah Harper homer) on four hits.
Morgan Davis also homered for the Braves, driving in three. Delaney Sarff added two RBIs and Camryn Skundberg drove in another.
"It was nice to come away with this kind of win," Blakey said.
Lincolnwood 2, Effingham St. Anthony 0
ALTAMONT -- Bulldogs starting pitcher Jenna Woltman didn't break any more than her counterpart, but Lincolnwood's Rachel Gorman was a timely finisher.
Gorman drove in two RBIs, both earned runs against Woltman, and St. Anthony's season came to an end one game after a regional title.
"We didn't bring our bats tonight," St. Anthony coach Crystal Tipton said. "We did have runners in scoring position but were not able to get the timely hits."
Gorman bottled her timeliness into the first inning with one swing of the bat.
Liz Day, Katie Kabbes and Laura Gurtner had St. Anthony's three hits.
Casey-Westfield 11, Okaw Valley 0
ALTAMONT -- Lexi Black could've won the game by herself. She pitched five shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits.
On top of it, she drove in five RBIs.
"I thought Lexi threw a really good game and her ball had a lot of movement on the night," Casey coach Mike Cutright said.
Black had a lot of help. Kyleigh Decker drove in three RBIs and crushed another home run on top of her school record. Lindsay Beasley added a three-run triple.
The Warriors piled on six runs in the first two innings and pushed it over the top against the Timberwolves with five in the fourth.
"We were able to string some hits together which was nice to see," Cutright said. "We also played really solid defense on the night."
Casey will play Raymond Lincolnwood for the sectional title on Saturday.
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Dupo 5, Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 4
GILLESPIE -- Tri-City couldn't have started better, countering a quick 1-0 Dupo lead with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
But Dupo's offense was stubborn.
"We got off to a fast start," Tri-City coach Brad Sturdy said. "But they kept putting pressure on our defense and we finally folded a bit."
The defense committed three errors, but Payton Sturdy gave it a herculean effort in throwing 170 pitches in seven innings.
Payton Sturdy gave up 11 hits and struck out four.
"They had some great at-bats," coach Sturdy said of Dupo. "(We) battled to the last out and had a chance to win it in the seventh if a ball falls in. That's all you can ask."
Dupo took the lead during a two-run sixth inning.
Mattoon 6, Lincoln 1
CHARLESTON -- Lesley Swick struck out 10 for Mattoon and only had one hiccup to lead the Green Wave to a 3A regional win against Lincoln.
Lincoln scored its only run in the fourth inning. The Railsplitters loaded the bases with no one out when Swick got a popout to first base. A single through into right field did bring one run in, but Swick struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
She closed the game striking out four of the last six batters.
“I feel like she is she is one of those pitchers who gets down in the count but is always able to come back,” Mattoon coach Amy Hines said. “She may walk a couple of batters, but she’s always able to come back and get the next batter. She just doesn’t let things get in her head and good pitchers are able to do that.”
Swick got plenty of help as the Mattoon offense pounded out six runs on 13 hits.
Avery Jackson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Shelby Youngblood was 2-for-3 with with a solo home run and a two-run double.
Charleston 8, Paris 3
CHARLESTON — Charleston helped make its Class 3A regional semifinal game a bit more of a nail biter than it needed to be.
The Trojans jumped out to a comfortable lead by scoring four runs against Paris in the first inning, but three errors led to three Paris runs in the second inning to keep the Tigers in the game.
Those were the only three runs Paris managed to score against Charleston freshman pitcher Macey McElravey, though, and the Trojans advanced to the regional final.
"Played okay with the exception of the second inning. I am not very happy with that," Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said. "All three runs were unearned. I told them you can't do that on Saturday against a very good Mattoon team. They will take advantage of that all day long. We have to clean up the defense."