TUSCOLA -- Normally, beating Meridian 12-0 would be enough for one day.
But Tuscola's Anna Watson made the win memorable in a big way -- she broke the IHSA career stolen base record.
She wasted no time getting there.
In the first inning, she bunted her way on before stealing second on the next pitch. Moments later, she took third on a delayed steal for the 255th steal of her career, beating St. Joseph-Ogden's Lindsay Barron's mark of 254 that stood for eight years.
Watson stole 36 bases her freshman year, 88 sophomore year, 84 junior year and has 47 steals through 20 games her senior season.
It kicked off a night where Tuscola showed its dominance. Bouncing back from a loss to Clinton, Tuscola and Maddie Meinhold held Meridian to four hits as the offense scored each of the four innings.
Morgan Day, Halle McCrory and Karli Allen all hit home runs as Tuscola battered Meridian with 15 hits. Watson went 2-for-3, one of six girls for the Warriors to collect a pair of hits.
Tuscola has 16 regular season games left for Watson to extend her record.
Shelbyville 5, Central A&M 1
ASSUMPTION -- Peyton Howell kept the Raiders bats quiet and Quinn Martz finished the job he started as the Rams bounced back for a win.
Howell allowed just three hits while striking out six in a scoreless five innings.
"It was a good team win," Shelbyville coach Sam Mehl said. "Honestly, Peyton and Quinn pitched well for us. Everybody else had good at-bats and didn't leave a lot of players on base."
Turner Pullen delivered a home run for the Rams, which scored five runs on six hits.
Warrensburg-Latham 6, St. Teresa 2
DECATUR -- Jarryd Hawkins held the Bulldogs close for as long as he could before Warrensburg's offense broke through.
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Warrensburg held a 3-2 lead but kicking in three more insurance runs in the seventh. A.J. Duff finished off the complete game, striking out 11 for the Cardinals.
"The way A.J. pitching the ball stood out today," Warrensburg coach Chris Elston said. "He really did a good job of containing the middle of their lineup."
Jordan Scrimpsher led the offense with a 3-for-4 day as two sophomores, Reis Kendrick and Andrew Lung added two RBIs each.
"Reis gave us a huge boost with a big hit," Elston said. "Hawkins is a very good pitcher ad induced a lot of ground balls. We were lucky to score as many as we did."
Sullivan 6, Clinton 5
CLINTON -- Sullivan sophomore Zach Sowers picked up his second win of the season after scattering six hits across his six innings.
Blake Stewart scored after a leadoff single in the seventh inning, giving Sullivan the cushion they needed to pull out the win.
"We got some good pitching out of Zach Sowers," Sullivan coach Troy Rogers said. "(Zach) Hrvol did a good job coming in and finishing it out."
Clinton scored its final run on a Christian Hunt single, but couldn't tack on another to force extra innings.
Teutopolis 8, Charleston 0
CHARLESTON -- The Shoes scored minutes into their game with Charleston as the first six batters reached base for Teutopolis.
Teutopolis ended up with four runs in the inning with five hits off Charleston's Mason McGahey.
Austin Johnson ended up with the win for Teutopolis, going four innings, striking out three batters and allowing just one hit.
“We played defense, we threw guys out stealing,” Charleston coach Derrick Landrus said. “They just found holes, they hit the ball harder than us and that’s really all I can say about that.”
T-Town's Devin Smith, who also homered, came in for the fifth inning in relief. He struck out the side in nine pitches before throwing two more scoreless innings.