DECATUR — The Eisenhower baseball team was hoping for a much-needed first win of the season, and was an inning away from it against city rival MacArthur on Wednesday.
But when Panthers starter Connor Durham reached his pitch count, MacArthur took advantage. The Generals scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the 7-6 win and sweep the two-day season series.
"I'm heartbroken," Eisenhower coach Kevin Hale said. "MacArthur earned it. Give them all the credit. They fought their guts out."
Kelby Golladay had three hits, including two doubles, to lead the Generals.
Mount Pulaski 7, Havana 6
MOUNT PULASKI — A magical few days continued for the Hilltoppers' Todd Kelly.
On Friday, Kelly threw a perfect game. In his next start, on Wednesday, his outing didn't go as well and Mount Pulaski fell behind 5-0, and was down 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh.
But a two-run triple by Kelly capped a five-run inning and a come-from-behind win for Mount Pulaski.
"This really has been an incredible run for him," Mount Pulaski coach Joel Washko said. "He had to come off the mound in the fourth inning, but he really came through when we needed it. That was a big hit. If that wind hadn't been blowing across, it would have went out."
Mount Pulaski improved to 19-4 with the win.
"This season has been a lot of fun so far," Washko said. "Hopefully we can keep it going and make a nice run."
St. Teresa 3, Monticello 0
CHAMPAIGN — St. Teresa got two goals from Cam Wagner and one from Ryenne Wagner in a shutout win to advance to the finals of the Class 1A Champaign (Judah Christian) Regional.
Makenzee Velchek, despite a bloody nose that took her out for awhile early in the game, had seven saves for the Bulldogs (19-2-2).
"We kind of had some nerves the first half, but after a while in the first half we found the back of the net a couple of times, and kept firing shots," St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said. "Give credit to Monticello — their goalie (Jenna Harman) had some good saves. I feel like we could have had a lot more than three goals, but she kept on top of it."
St. Teresa will play for the regional title at 6 p.m. Friday.
Clinton with 10 qualifiers
LINCOLN — The Clinton girls track team had 10 individuals or relays qualify for the Class 2A State Track Meet to lead the Maroons to a second-place finish as a team at the Lincoln Sectional.
Payne Turney was the sectional champion in the 800 (2.22.28), and also qualified with a second-place finish in the 1,600. Clinton's 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams were also sectional champions.
Two Clinton pole vaulters qualified for state — Olivia Earl finished second (10-1) and Jackie Green was third (9-7). Also qualifying for state for Clinton were two freshmen — Jessie Wertz (second in the 3200) and Mallory Cyrulik (second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles). Tori Burke took sixth in the 100, but her time of 12.71 was good enough to beat the qualifying time of 12.72.