DECATUR — Maroa-Forsyth softball coach Jon Kidd knows he likely hasn't seen the last of Argenta-Oreana. Kidd figures the Trojans and Bombers will land in the same sectionals when the postseason rolls around.
That's why Monday's 7-1 win over Argenta-Oreana, which was played at Millikin, was so important, and pitcher Braylee Fink had a major hand in that.
Fink threw a complete game with four strikeouts, allowing two hits and four walks. At the plate, she drove in two runs.
"She did a really good job," Kidd said. "I thought she got ahead in the count early. She was mixing up pitches. I think Braylee is going to keep getting better throughout the year and a win like this will help."
Cassie Newbanks pitched six innings for the Bombers.
"I thought defensively we played pretty well and Hallie Mitchell got on base a couple times for us early to cause some problems," Kidd said.
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 7, Mount Zion 7
WINDSOR — Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg had an answer every time Mount Zion attempted to put away the game.
The Hatchets scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game 6-all and again in the bottom of the 10th inning before the game was called due to darkness.
Windsor is the reigning Class 1A state champion and Mount Zion took fourth place in Class 3A last season. Both teams brought back a bulk of their state-qualifying teams.
Ally Bruner was 4-of-6 at the plate with a triple and two RBIs, Audrey Eades had a triple and 3 RBIs and Kynzie Wrigley was 4-of-6 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored for the Braves.
“We had 16 hits tonight and we played softball," Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. "We continued to fight and play and we were happy about that. We were hitting the ball well and pitching well, the only thing that lacked was our defense. We had some troubles out there but continued to fight. Going into the third inning we were 0-0 and I felt as if we were in control. We scored four that inning and made our mark and got into control. We scored runs, pitched and hit well and that's all I can ask for.”
Calla Roney homered and drove in a run for Windsor and Megan Schlechte pitched eight innings in relief for the Hatchets after Roney threw the first two innings.
"Mount Zion is very good," Windsor coach Craig Moffett said. "I'm proud of our girls for battling back from down four in the bottom of the 7th. Both pitchers executed versus a difficult lineup, and Schlechte threw eight in relief, which was outstanding. We need to clean up some defensive plays and continue to execute on offense better."
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 3, Meridian 0
MACON — Everything Makenzie Brown was throwing was working for Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond.
Brown struck out 15 batters and allowed just one hit in a complete game for the Knights in a win over Meridian. It was exactly what ALAH coach Jerry Lane was looking for from his team.
“Just like I told the girls at the end of the game, this was a signature win at this stage," Lane said. "We have been very productive in our hitting, pitching and fielding, but cannot seem to carry it through a game. We want to get wins and that is important and we did just that today. We are moving the ball and hitting it hard which is help us a lot."
Marissa Hershberger scored two runs and Reagan Miller scored a run for ALAH (3-2).
Meridian's Peyton Latham allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out five over seven innings.
Champaign Central 12, Tuscola 0
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central is a perennial Class 3A baseball powerhouse. Tuscola, a Class 1A power, knew it had its hands full against the Maroons and didn't start the game off on the right foot in the loss.
Central scored seven runs in the first inning on the way to a non-conference win.
“We knew coming into the game that Central was a good baseball school," Tuscola coach Adam Carver said. "They have had a pretty good start to this season and we knew that. We did not want to throw our best pitcher at them tonight, due to having conference games coming up. In the first inning we were not making the plays we should have been and let balls get passed us.
"The first inning really set the tone for the rest of the game. We know that we did not play to the best of our abilities and we shouldn't have lost 12-0. The biggest thing I told the guys was that I didn't think that we came ready to play as soon as we got off the bus. I think that is very important and can really help.”
Cade Kresin got the start and pitched two innings for the Warriors (7-2).