MACON -- In a battle of two of the Central Illinois Conference top softball pitchers, Meridian's Peyton Latham outdueled Central A&M's Allie Dunn as the Hawks won 8-2 on Tuesday.
Latham picked up a complete-game victory allowing five hits and one earned run in seven innings. She also struck out six Raiders batters.
"I thought Peyton threw very well. She was around the strike zone all night. She did a good job limiting what they got on offense," Meridian coach Greg Streeval said. “It was good to come out and get some things going on offense. I thought that we got good production against a quality pitcher. It’s a big conference win for us and it’s always good to start conference play with a W."
The Hawks (7-1) took control of the game in the second inning by knocking in six runs and adding two runs in the fourth. The Raiders scored their runs in the second and sixth innings.
Meridian's Zoie Bowman led the offense going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Latham also helped her own cause going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jesse Damery went 2-for-4 with a double.
For Central A&M, Dunn went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. McKenna Denton was 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.
Tri-City Sangamon Valley 24, Springfield Calvary 0
SPRINGFIELD -- Tri-City/Sangamon Valley remained perfect on the season as pitcher Kaitlynn Spain pitched three no-hit innings in the victory.
"I thought our pitchers threw well. They did a really nice job. They had good velocity. They hit their spots. We were happy with that," Tri-City coach Brad Sturdy said. "(Calvary) struggled to throw strikes. They had 21 walks. It’s hard to get in a rhythm with that. Our girls battled and did a good job of not losing focus."
The Tornadoes (7-0) notched 13 runs in the third inning as their bats went wild. Ashlyn Morlock knocked in four RBIs and Emma Farley hit a triple and drove in four RBIs.
Charleston 11, Urbana 2
URBANA -- Charleston and Urbana were tied 2-2 after five innings when the Trojans scored four in the sixth and five in the seventh to win 11-2 in a non-conference game.
Charleston improved to 5-0 ahead of Saturday's Apollo Conference opener at 11 a.m. at Mattoon in a doubleheader.
Brandon Doyle was 1-for-1 with a double and a run batted in. Zach Finley, Dayton Simpson, Rylee Porter, Jonah Becker, Kim King, Cory Spour and Jake Wilson all drove in runs.
Charleston had four hits as they took advantage of 12 Tiger walks and six errors.
Ben Hess was the winning pitcher allowing one hit with one walk and four strikeouts in two innings.
Mattoon 2, Urbana 1
MATTOON -- Flannery Sanders' unassisted goal just before halftime proved to be the game-winner as Mattoon edged Urbana 2-1 Tuesday. It was the Green Wave's fourth consecutive win as they improved to 7-1.
Neither team scored in the second half.
Faith Niebrugge, a freshman, earned the first goal of the game off an assist from Caroline Davis. Urbana tied the game in the 38th minute and Sanders answered a minute later.
Hallie Niemerg had eight saves for Mattoon.
"We played well defensively," said Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere. "We have five defenders in there and we kept them out of the nest in the second half. We didn’t give them too many shots on goal and Hallie Niemerg had some big saves to preserve the win. Offensively, we had chances but just didn’t put them away. Finishing is something we need to work on. It wasn’t' pretty, but we move on to 7-1."