NEWTON -- The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond softball team took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning against Breese Mater Dei in the Class 1A Newton Sectional semifinal but the Knights came back with runs in the fifth, six, and seventh inning to eliminate Arthur 5-2 on Wednesday. 

Arthur's season included an undefeated Little Okaw Valley Conference record and a school record for most wins in a season with 24. 

"I told the team afterwards - they won the conference, they won the regional and they set a school record in wins this year, so it was a great season for them," Arthur coach Jerry Lane said. "It didn’t end the way we wanted it to and we thought we had an opportunity to go a little further than what we did but overall the season was very successful."

Mater Dei pitcher Hayley Palm picked up the complete-game victory allowing four hits and striking out 10. Arthur's Makenzie Brown (11-5) struck out 14 Mater Dei batters in her six innings of work. 

"It was a big thrill for me to coach these girls. They worked hard and they have great work ethic," Lane said. "They did everything that I asked them to do. We had great leadership out of our seniors, so the young people coming back next year got a good understanding of what to expect for the future."

For Arthur, seniors Marissa Herschberger and Shelby Frederick were 1-for-3 at the plate.


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Champaign Central 15, Mount Zion 1

MAHOMET -- Champaign Central knocked in nine runs in the third inning to create too large a gap for Mount Zion to recover from in the Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal. 

Maroons pitcher Joel Sarver allowed just three Braves hits to pick up the victory. 

"There’s a reason Central is the No. 1 seed. They were definitely the better team tonight," Mount Zion coach Matt Smith said. "You’re never prepared for the post-game speech after the game that ends your season. What I told my team is I’m proud of the five seniors who have been with our coaching staff since they’ve been in 6th grade. I’ve enjoyed watching them grow before my eyes on and off the field. 

"Our team is made up of high-character kids and they show class when they win or lose. For that, I am most proud. I also look forward to seeing the adjustments and improvements the returning boys to bring to the team next year."

For Mount Zion (11-20), Daniel Chausse went 1-for-2 with a home run. Nash Mose was 1-for-2 with a double. 

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