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VIRDEN — Not even lingering effects of the flu could slow down Kate Beckemeyer.

The Maroa-Forsyth senior threw her third no-hitter of the season in Maroa's 4-0 Sangamo Conference win against Virden North Mac on Thursday.

She combined with Braylee Finck earlier this season for another no-hitter.

Beckemeyer struck out 11 batters and didn't issue a walk, and was two Maroa (8-3) errors away from a perfect game.

"She's finally getting healthy and she threw a great game," Maroa-Forsyth coach Jon Kidd said. "She really dominated the game for us. This was the first game where we didn't really hit the ball well. She kind of picked us up and saved us."

Casey-Westfield 9, Robinson 0

CASEY — Claire Maulding didn't give her defense much to do on Wednesday in a win against Robinson.

The Casey-Westfield (11-1) sophomore allowed just three hits and struck out 14 batters with no walks.

"Claire Maulding pitched a really good game," Casey-Westfield coach Dalton McFarland said. "She did a really good job of getting ahead in the count. She was spotting her pitches well and working inside and outside well."

For good measure, Maulding also went 1-4 with a solo home run.

Casey connected for 12 hits in the game.

"Hitting-wise, I would like to see some more consistent at-bats, but we had some really good ones," McFarland said.

BASEBALL

Monticello 10, Champaign St. Thomas More 3

MONTICELLO — Mitch Carr ran into a bit of trouble in the first inning.

The Monticello pitcher got dinged for two runs in the top of the first, but his offense got it back on track, scoring in four of the first five innings in Monticello's Illini Prairie Conference win.

Carr finished with six innings pitched and struck out seven for the Sages (15-1).

"Mitch Carr did a good job on the mound," Monticello coach Chris Jones said. "He settled down after the first inning and pitched the ball well."

At the plate, Asher Bradd went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, Carr was 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBIs and Luke Stokowski had a double and an RBI.

"Offensively, I thought we had a good approach at the plate," Jones said. "We were aggressive on the fastball and laid off the off-speed stuff. We put the balls in the gaps and ran the bases well."

Virden North Mac 8, Maroa-Forsyth 7

VIRDEN — Maroa-Forsyth just couldn't cool the Virden North Mac bats.

The Trojans took their first lead in the top of the fifth inning in a Sangamo Conference game, but North Mac tied the game in the bottom of the inning and took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.

"It was a tough loss," Maroa-Forsyth coach Sean Martin said. "They hit the ball off of us pretty good. They had some timely hits and beat us. We have to play better."

Kam Boline took the loss, pitching 5.1 innings. Tre Corley was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Maroa.

GIRLS SOCCER

Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth 1, St. Teresa 0

MAROA — Megan Leighton lined up for a free kick and nailed it for the Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth co-op team.

The goal led to a non-conference victory over St. Teresa (10-2).

"It can be easy to get frustrated when sometimes you don't get the ball where you want it to go, but that goal felt food for her and it felt good to watch," Warrensburg coach Kevin Emery said.

That goal, combined with what Emery calls the best defense he has seen from his team all year gave the Cardinals a banner mid-season win.

Warrensburg (7-3) goalie Wilma Tengfors had six saves.

"It's been a while since we've been able to get really competitive with St. Teresa, and a shutout against a team like that is something to hang your hat on," Emery said.


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