FORSYTH — After watching a four-run lead disappear Tuesday in the second inning against Williamsville, Hallie Mitchell stepped up in the third and connected on a go-ahead two-run shot to deep center field to give the Trojans a lead they never relinquished.
Two innings later, Mitchell hit a solo shot over the left field fence on the way to a 10-7 Sangamo Conference win over the Bullets.
“Right now, I can't imagine anyone (in the conference) is better than she is right now — catching and hitting for us,” Maroa-Forsyth coach Jon Kidd said. “She carried us. She's really stepped up this year for us. She's a stud and we need her to be a stud to be good.”
Mitchell was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Maroa-Forsyth (12-4) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning behind a grand slam from Jaden Corley before Williamsville stormed back in the second to take a 6-5 lead. After that, the bats had timely hits and Maroa starter Braylee Finck allowed just four hits and one run the rest of the game.
“I thought we did really well,” Mitchell said. “We performed really great, even when we were down by one we stepped it up.”
Maroa had a few walks and errors behind Finck that allowed five Williamsville runs in the top of the second, but when it mattered the most, Finck shut the door. She pitched seven innings and struck out two.
“Braylee has had a couple games like that where it takes her a little bit to find her curveball and her change up, but when she found those she shut them down there for the most part after the second inning,” Kidd said. “We needed that.”
Teutopolis 8, Effingham St. Anthony 4
TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis pitcher Mitch Hemmen controlled Effingham St. Anthony from the mound and was 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate to give the Wooden Shoes the victory.
Hemmen pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and striking out six to pick up the victory.
“We had a solid performance on the mound tonight. Mitch did a great job," Teutopolis coach Justin Fleener said. "St. Anthony is a good ball club. We had a good approach at the plate tonight and we kept swinging even when St. Anthony brought in some pitchers that were tough.”
Teutopolis' offense got off to a strong start with a two-run first inning, three-run second and a two-run third inning. The Wooden Shoes' Luke Ungrund was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Clint Weber his 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI. Dawson Smith was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.
St. Anthony scored a run in the fourth and three in the fifth but a scoreless sixth and seventh gave Teutopolis (12-5) the win.
St. Teresa 3, Urbana University 0
DECATUR — St. Teresa used three second-half goals to defeat Urbana University.
Camryn Wagner, Grace Buxton and Kaylee Kleist each scored unassisted goals for the Bulldogs (15-1-1).
"This was not the prettiest game this year. It was 0-0 at half and we couldn't connect with the back of the net. It took awhile for us to get going but we finally did after half," St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said.
Bulldogs goalie Makenzee Velchek had six saves in the shutout.
Urbana goalie Gloria Sunderland had six saves.