MAROA — A non-conference game between Macon County rivals turned into a sloppy but entertaining come-from-behind win for Maroa-Forsyth.
The Trojans committed six errors, which allowed St. Teresa to grab a 4-0 lead. But Maroa scored five runs in the sixth, highlighted by a Tre Corley two-run double, to lead an 11-7 win on Wednesday.
"It was a wild game," Maroa coach Sean Martin said. "We made some mistakes early, we were throwing some different pitchers with it being a non-conference game, and the wind was blowing, which added to the craziness."
Corley went 3-for-3 to lead the Maroa offense. Ian Benner went 2-for-3 with a double and Brock Evans went 2-for-4 with a double for the Trojans (5-2).
For St. Teresa, Seth Gillespey went 2-for-5. Kolby Osborne drew three walks and scored three runs.
Argenta-Oreana 7, LSA 2
DECATUR — Kyle Rigsby held LSA's offense in check and provided some power, too, in an LOVC win.
Rigsby struck out eight and allowed three hits in six innings. Skyler Peterson pitched a scoreless seventh.
"Rigsby had a great start and Peterson followed right behind him," Argenta coach Eric Gebben said. "They both started off really strong."
Rigsby also went 2-for-4 with a home run. Also for the Bombers (5-6), Gunnar Moore had two hits and a double, and Michael Redpath hit a home run.
"We played really well and ran the bases really well tonight," Gebben said. "The middle of the lineup hit really well and the top of the lineup was running bases really well. From now until May, I hope that we try to get better and be our best come regionals."
St. Teresa 3, Warrensburg-Latham 0
DECATUR — Grace Buxton returned from injury to provide an assist on a Cam Wagner goal, and Jeanna-Marie Wilson and Lauryn Pugh also scored for the Bulldogs.
"This was one of our better performances," St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said. "It was a team effort and team win. Everybody played outstanding tonight.”
Also for St. Teresa (12-1-1), MaKenzee Velchek had six saves.
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 6, Charleston 2
CHARLESTON — An unsettling thought entered Craig Moffett’s mind during the winter, well before his team’s winter open gyms and practices began.
He wondered if Windsor-Stew-Stras, the top-ranked Class 1A softball team in the preseason and defending state champions, might lack the edge it had a year ago.
“I’ll be honest with you, I was worried about us being a little complacent, not being as motivated,” Moffett said.
Four blowout wins followed by a doubleheader sweep of Mattoon, though, calmed those questions.
Now, that idea and the mere existence of it are entirely preposterous.
Not that Moffett needed any more evidence of that. But the clearest proof that his estimation was erroneous smacked him in the face. In a meeting of unbeaten teams, WSS defeated Charleston at Eastern Illinois’ Williams Field behind Megan Schlechte’s complete game.
“We started open gyms real early, we had a ton of participation there, and the girls have been locked in since Day 1,” Moffett said.
Two teams that boast lineups ripe with batting averages that read more like basketball field goal percentages engaged in a low-scoring affair for five innings on an evening with the wind gusting straight out to center.
In the end, though, WSS showed it’s got the horses in the bats too. A three-run sixth inning bumped the Hatchets’ lead from 3-0 to a more comfortable 6-0. WSS moved to 18-0-1, while Charleston dropped to 14-1.
Schlechte and Charleston starter Emily Price combined for just seven strikeouts and pitched to soft contact. Schlechte, though, induced more of it and with a bit less stress. After Charleston put two runners on base with one out in the first inning, Schlechte allowed one baserunner in the next four frames.
“That’s a lineup that you’re not going to strike out 10 times,” Moffett said. “She did a great job with all of her off-speed stuff keeping them off-balance. And we saw there at the end she was pumping it up, that she can bring some good velocity as well.”