PANA -- Another tough game was in store for Pana against one of the teams it will share a regional with next week.
The Panthers have already played the other three teams in its regional, with a blowout win against Piasa Southwestern and an overtime win against Litchfield. Their only loss from the group came in extra time against Carlinville, who is their first-round opponent.
On Monday, the Panthers were in a 1-0 hole against Virden North Mac before scoring the next two in a 2-1 win.
Pana coach Lisa Magilari said her team was missing a key middle defender. Without her, the coach said, "Our middle was struggling."
"We weren't expecting (North Mac's early goal)," Magilari said. "They definitely took us by surprise there. They marked us tight."
Taylor Rochkes tied it for the Panthers before the team's leading goal scorer, Kaylie Weideman made the game-winning goal.
Tolono Unity 7, Mount Zion 5
MOUNT ZION -- The Braves did a lot of work just to come up short in extras.
Trailing 5-1 in the fifth inning, the Braves scored two to cut into the lead. They added one more in each of the next two innings to tie it.
But in the eight inning, Tolono Unity capitalized after a leadoff error and then a walk to score two runs and close it out.
"This is a tough loss to swallow," Mount Zion coach Matt Smith said. "We showed fight and being down, we forced extra innings."
Mason Bruce was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Braves, but Smith said his team was slow out of the gates after getting a few days off.
"I take responsibility for this one," Smith said. "I tried to be the nice guy and give the boys a couple days off this weekend after a tough stretch of games the last couple weeks. It showed."
Teutopolis 6, Effingham 4
EFFINGHAM -- Devin Smith got some help from the bullpen for T-Town to hold on after Effingham scored three in the sixth.
Devin Smith got the win, throwing 5 1/3 innings and striking out nine, and Kyle Smith got the save in 1 1/3 innings.
The Shoes jumped on Effingham quickly, scoring two runs in the top of the first and chasing starting pitcher Brent Beals after recording one out.
"We had really good approaches at the plate," T-Town coach Justin Fleener said. "We came out and barreled up some balls early."
T-Town's Jordan Thoele and Louis Niemerg led the Shoes' offense. Thoele finished 3-for-4 with three doubles and as many RBIs. Niemerg ended up 3-for-5 with a double and two runs driven in.
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Champaign Central 12, Charleston 11
CHARLESTON -- Going into the bottom of the seventh, just enough daylight remained for Champaign Central to close out its seven-run lead.
Eleven Charleston batters later, a Sam Gubbins fly ball was caught at the wall, ending a furious comeback just short in a 12-11 loss.
Champaign Central (22-3) benefited from drawing 11 walks between five different pitchers.
“I hope that's the best team we'll play all year,” Charleston coach Derrick Landrus said. “We came about two feet from beating them. I told our guys they won't see me smile after many losses, but this is one of them.”
Flora 6, Olney East Richland 4
FLORA -- A two-out, third-inning rally boosted Flora back into the game.
Down 4-0, the Wolves scored three in the third with two outs. They added one in the fourth and two in the fifth, and shutout Olney for the remainder.
Sydney Cammon had the game-winning two-run home run and made a comeback on the mound after giving up four runs in the second inning.
She finished the game, pitching all seven innings. She struck out five.
"Sydney once again showed maturity beyond a freshman," Flora coach Greg Schafer said. "After a rocky second inning, she settled down and shut down Olney the rest of the way."
Track and Field
DECATUR -- Eisenhower freshman Tina Martin is blazing a trail to state.
She smashed her best times in the 100- and 200-meter dash at the City Meet. Her 200 time of 24.48 is almost five-tenths better than her previous area best. It's also the No. 1 time in the state.
Martin ran a 11.9 in the 100, marking the first sub-12 time in the area this year -- about eight-tenths better than her personal record. The area's previous best was 12.21, held by Eisenhower teammate Stacia Lee. The new high mark is second-best in the state.
On the boys side, it was MacArthur's Kawain Hunt setting the pace. His 10.86 in the 100 is the new area best and is ninth in the state.
Eisenhower's Eric Thomas (in 200) and MacArthur's 4x100 team also set times among the top four in the area.