WARRENSBURG -- Central A&M's defense was on point -- not only did they not have an error, the Raiders turned two double plays as well.
That dovetailed nicely with the pitching of Dillon Reed, who gave up just two hits to Warrensburg-Latham in 5 1/3 innings. A&M topped the Cardinals 5-1 on the afternoon.
"Dillon was outstanding on the mound for us today," A&M coach Chad Carroll said. "He didn't walk anyone and pounded the strike zone. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but his height facilitates great downhill movement on his pitches."
The Raiders took two runs in the first inning before adding another in the fourth and two in the seventh.
It helped A&M (6-4) rebound after four straight losses.
"It helped that our defense was almost flawless as well," Carroll said. "We made all the routine plays."
Tuscola 6, Clinton 0
TUSCOLA -- With Andrew Erickson on the mound, the Warriors only needed a little bit of offense to secure the win.
Erickson allowed just two hits and struck out six in six innings to pick up the win.
"Andrew had terrific control tonight while only walking one," Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said. "Cole Thomas came in to close things out in the 7th and took them down in order."
Noah Pierce gave Tuscola all the offense it would need after a smacking a two-run home run in the second inning, and Haden Cothron went 2-for-2 to spur along the offense.
"Clinton threw a good pitcher (Mac Hickman) at us tonight and we were glad to put up six against him," Hoel said. "We only have five hits, but we squared up several balls that were hit right at them."
WINSDSOR — Megan Schlechte didn't give Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond much to work with.
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The Knights manufactured just four hits against the Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg pitcher, who also struck out six.
Windsor's offense gradually gave her a cushion starting in the second and third innings for a 4-0 lead and the Hatchets coasted to victory in six innings despite three errors.
Ava Bennett was especially productive with three hits and four RBIs while Calla Roney Madison Everett each had two hits.
“Megan Schlechte had another outstanding game on the mound,” Windsor coach Brittany Holsapple said. “Lineup had a lot of good at-bats and made great contact. We hope to continue getting more base runners to take pressure off our defense where we continue to make many errors.”
Tuscola 7, Clinton 3
TUSCOLA -- After the Warriors slowly built up a lead, Clinton took it all away in the fifth with a three-run innings.
But Tuscola responded in the bottom of the inning to tie it up before putting on the finishing touches in the sixth.
"Clinton battled their way back into it to take the lead, but our girls kept swinging and we were able to get back in front late in the game," Tuscola coach Lenny Sementi said. "Claire Ring came up with two big hits for us and Natalie Bates also had a good night with the bat at critical times."
Morgan Day gave herself an early lead with a home run. She struck out 10 in pitching the full seven innings.
Aspyn Taylor drove in two runs for Clinton on a 2-for-4 day.
Mattoon 1, Charleston 1
CHARLESTON -- Bitter winds and a muddy turf field set the stage for the Coles County Clash.
Charleston’s senior Ali Hosey kicked it off for the Trojans with a goal eight minutes into the match.
Mattoon responded with a goal from Kyah Eastin’s direct kick three minutes into the second half. Green Wave head coach Ryan Ghere was pleased the team came back with more energy and fight in the second half.
“When you’re down a goal at halftime, and you come back and tie that’s a positive,” Ghere said. “We refused to give up when we were down.”