DECATUR -- Mount Zion used the friendly confines of Millikin's Workman Family Softball Field to jump out to a big lead against Maroa-Forsyth and went on to win 10-4 on Thursday.
The Braves went up 6-0 after two innings and extended the advantage to 9-2 after three innings and never let the Trojans threaten.
“Tonight was our first game so we were not for sure how it was going to go. Offensively we played really well and had 13 hits tonight which I was very happy with," Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. "Defensively we were also very strong. I am happy that most of out starters made it on base with hits. Tonight was a great first game."
Braves pitcher Audrey Eades picked up the victory with a complete game performance in which she struck out eight batters. At the plate, Eades was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Kynzie Wrigley hit a home run for Mount Zion and was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 11, Warrensburg-Latham 2
NIANTIC -- Thanks to a dominating pitching performance from Tri-City/Sangamon Valley's freshman thrower Daleny Chumbley, the Tornadoes controlled the Cardinals.
Chumbley threw a complete game, allowing one earned run and striking out 14 batters. She also helped her own cause from the plate by going 3-for-3, hitting her first career home run and driving in four RBIs.
"(Daleny) has a lot of talent and she’s learning as we go," Tri-City/Sangamon Valley coach Brad Sturdy said. "We had a good game tonight. We got some good hard hits right at them and made some nice defensive plays. The top of Warrensburg’s lineup is tough; we really had to battle through their top five or so, but we ended up with enough hits to win."
Originally scheduled to be played at Warrensburg, the game was moved to Tri-City's (3-0) home field as the Cardinal's home field was too wet.
Mount Pulaski 2, Pawnee 1
MOUNT PULASKI -- Pawnee took a quick 1-0 lead over Mount Pulaski, but thanks to an inside-the-park home run the Hilltoppers (2-0) came back to claim the victory.
“We played well defensively and were able to turn some double plays. Pitching wise we were really strong," Mount Pulaski coach Joel Washko said. "Drew Martin had a great two-run inside-the-park home run in the fifth innings which gave us to have a lead Pawnee.”
Hilltoppers' pitcher Logan DeRight threw a complete game and allowed six hits, one earned run, and struck out 11 batters.
St. Teresa 2, Mount Zion 1
DECATUR -- Goals by Grace Buxton and Kaylee Kleist gave the Bulldogs a one-goal victory over Mount Zion.
Both teams were able to take advantage of defensive breakdowns.
“Overall the score line speaks for itself. We were lucky and they made a defensive error and we were able to score on that. Likewise, we made a defensive error and they scored on it also," St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said. "We dominated the game but started to lack defensively during the second half. This was something that we are not used to and I think this was a learning point for our girls.”
Mount Zion's Brenna Frommelt scored the Braves goal.
St. Teresa goalie Makenzee Velchek had seven saves.