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MOWEAQUA — Neoga scored two runs in the eighth inning on Tuesday to pull off the area's first big postseason upset.

The No. 7-seeded Indians beat second-seeded Meridian 9-7 to advance to Saturday's 11 a.m. Class 1A Moweaqua Regional title game against the winner of Wednesday's Central A&M vs. Okaw Valley game.

"This was a very good win over a good team," Neoga coach Shelli Nolte said. "All nine players in the lineup contributed. It's really a good thing when you can count on each of these players to make things happen."

Neoga scored first in the second inning for a 2-0 lead, but Meridian got four runs in the bottom of the inning go ahead 4-2.

In the fourth inning, Neoga again scored two runs to tie the game at 4-4, but Meridian again took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 7-4.

In the fifth inning, the Indians scored three unanswered runs to tie the game at 7-7, then scored the winning runs in the eighth inning on a Jessica Nichols single on a 2-2 count.

Makenzie Saunders had a double for the Indians and Molly Sheehan went 4-for-5.

For Meridian (20-9), Zoie Bowman went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. The Hawks committed four errors.

"We made a couple of mistakes on defense and they were able to take advantage and win the game," Meridian coach Greg Streeval said. "But we won 20 games and we don't have any seniors, so I feel pretty good going forward. We have areas we need to improve, but we have a bright future ahead of us."

Maroa-Forsyth 7, Warrensburg-Latham 0

MAROA — The Trojans rolled into the Class 2A Monticello Regional title game behind a one-hitter by Kate Beckemeyer.

Beckemeyer also got it done at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

"It was a weird start with the rain and delay, but Kate Beckemeyer settled down and dominated the game after the first inning," Maroa coach Jon Kidd said. "The front of our lineup carried us today. Their pitcher kept us off-balance but Hallie Mitchell, Allie Robinson, Kate Beckemeyer and Kaylee Robinson had big hits."

The Trojans advanced to play the host Monticello Sages in Saturday's 11 a.m. title game. Monticello, which beat Maroa 7-2 in the regular season, beat Fithian Oakwood 6-3 in Tuesday's other semifinal.

Argenta-Oreana 14, St. Teresa 2

LEROY — Cami Newbanks was 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs to lead the Bombers into Saturday's Class 1A LeRoy Regional title game against the host.

Tatiana Garcia and Maggie Millington also had home runs for the Bombers (15-8).

"The girls came out to play — they were on fire and ready to go," Argenta-Oreana coach Angie Ridgeway said. "They came out focused and ready to leave everything that they had on the field and they sure did.

"Overall, it was a team win. We had a lot of great plays, and hitting-wise, we did amazing."


Charleston 9, Centralia 0

CARBONDALE — Charleston shut out Centralia in a semifinal game of the Carbondale Class 2A regional.

Charleston’s Julia Griffin scored four goals in win, giving her 29 for the season — third in school history for a single season.

All nine goals came in the first half. Emily Sweeney and Maya Caltry each scored two. Hope Griffin scored the other Trojan goal and had two assists — including one to her sister.

Mallie Hanner and Alexis Orlik each had one assist.

“We played our game tonight and were able to put the game away early,” Charleston coach Josh Garrett said. “Defensively we were solid and that defensive effort really started with strong midfield play.

Charleston (15-3-1) will play Carbondale for the regional championship at 5 p.m. Friday.


Mattoon 17, Urbana 3

URBANA — Mattoon’s Brock Moncel was 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs to lift the Green Wave to its 20th win of the season.

Also for Mattoon (20-7), Jackson Nichols had four RBIs and was 2-for-4, and Garrette Branson hit two doubles.

Noah Scott was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits and three runs, one earned, with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

"Offensively we squared up a lot of balls today," Mattoon coach Mark Jackley said. "Our first five hitters in the lineup had multiple hits. We really needed a short game with all the games we have this week. Tomorrow will be a good test against a good Highland team."


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