NEWTON — Mackenzie Brown is on some sort of tear right now.
The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond pitcher struck out 17 Newton batters to lead the Knights to a 7-3 win in the Class 2A Newton Regional championship on Friday. Those strikeouts, combined with 17 in a regional semifinal win over Robinson, and she's dominating.
On Friday, Brown allowed just two hits, a bunt single and a double down the left field line that, combined with walks, allowed three Newton runners to score in the sixth inning. Other than that, the Eagles couldn't solve her.
“She dominated all the way through except for that sixth inning," ALAH (24-6) coach Jerry Lane said.
The Knights have won 13 games in a row dating back to April 16. Lane is seeing his team play the same way as they did before his seniors went on a senior trip. When they returned, the fire was missing, even though the wins kept coming.
“After they got back from their senior trip, the intensity and the drive kind of slowed down a little bit," Lane said. "We were still winning ball games, but not like we were prior.
"Right now the last couple games, I’m seeing the excitement come back and I’m seeing us get back to how we were prior to that senior trip."
Reagan Miller was 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored and Molly Day drove in a run for the Knights on Friday.
The Knights play Breese Mater Dei at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Newton Sectional semifinal.
“We’re going to be OK," Lane said. "I can see us go quite a way if we continue with this."
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 10, Morrisonville 0
PAWNEE — Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg took its first major step to Peoria.
The Hatchets used a big third inning and a dominating pitching performance by University of Illinoi-bound senior Calla Roney to win the Class 1A Pawnee Regional Championship. Roney threw a one-hitter, which head coach Craig Moffett maintains was actually a foul ball, and struck out 11 Morrisonville batters.
"She dominated," Moffett said of Roney.
But Morrisonville wasn't going to roll over for the defending Class 1A state champions. They came out ready to roll before the Hatchets scored XX runs in the third ining.
"Morrisonville came out pumped up," Moffett said. "They played well early. Their pitcher was working ahead in the count and throwing strikes. You could tell they were ready to go."
For the Hatchets (34-1-1), it's the first step on the road back to East Peoria for the state finals. They play Effingham St. Anthony at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 1A Macon (Meridian) Sectional semifinals.
“This group of seniors especially, they've won in volleyball and won in softball," Moffett said. "Before I got here they won. They Are used to it. I still really enjoy it when we win a regional.”
Maroa sending several to state
The Maroa-Forsyth boys track team finished second in the Class 1A St. Joseph-Ogden Sectional and advanced three relay teams four individuals to next weekend's state meet.
The Trojans advanced the 4x100-, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams as well as Kile Campbell and Ben Gilbert in the long jump, Rob Gentle in the pole vault, Noah Holthaus in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Warrensburg-Latham advanced its 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams as well as Jorden Tedford in the high jump and triple jump.
Argenta-Oreana's Makail Stanley advanced in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.