MOUNT ZION -- Mount Zion softball relied on strong pitching from Audrey Eades and Chayse Ramey to sweep a doubleheader against Charleston Tuesday and clinched the Apollo Conference championship.
Entering the doubleheader, the Trojans (23-3) had one defeat on the season -- to defending Class 1A state champions Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg.
“We knew looking at Charleston’s record that these would be tough games. The big thing for both games today was pitching," Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. "Both girls pitched really great games. Ramey in game two was fantastic. She didn’t walk anybody. We gave up two runs, but neither hurt us. She got us out of a couple of jams."
The Braves won 4-0 in game one behind a four-hit performance from Eades in which she struck out 11 batters. Mount Zion took game two 9-2 as Ramey allowed seven hits over seven innings.
In game one, Mount Zion's Kynzie Wrigley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Bailey Davis hit 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, Isabel Shafer was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Braves (22-2-1). Wrigley was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Meridian 2, Tuscola 1
MACON -- Meridian softball continued to be the only team that has Tuscola's number this season as the Hawks defeated the Warriors.
Meridian (22-4, 11-0) scored two runs in the first inning and Peyton Latham's stellar pitching was enough to pick up the Central Illinois Conference victory.
“It was a really good game. We got some timely hitting and scored a couple of runs, and that happened early," Meridian coach Greg Streeval said. "Peyton threw a fantastic game and we played errorless defense. It was a big conference game for us, so we were pleased to come away with a win.”
Tuscola (26-2) scored a run in the sixth inning off of a double from Jessie Martin but were not able to tie the game in the seventh.
Latham allowed four hits over seven innings and had four strikeouts.
For the Hawks, Jesse Damery was 2-for-3 with a double. Abbi Hackert was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Meridian handed Tuscola its first loss of the season on April 12 in a 7-4 win in Tuscola.
MacArthur 9, Eisenhower 1
DECATUR -- MacArthur starting pitcher Kelby Golladay had a career day Tuesday as he struck out 19 of the 21 Eisenhower batters he faced to record a two-hit complete game victory.
“The true highlight was Kelby on the mound today. When you strike out 19 batters, there’s not a whole lot you have to do except to score a couple of runs to support him, and that’s what we did," MacArthur coach Eldon Bryan said. "That’s an awful lot of strikeouts for one game, and to keep the pitch count at about 90, he was really sitting in the zone today.”
The Generals supported Golladay with five runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Chandler Phillips was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Matthew Gray hit 4-for-5 and drove in two runs.
MacArthur 2, Eisenhower 2
DECATUR -- The Eisenhower and MacArthur girls soccer teams played to a 2-2 tie at Eisenhower.
Both teams brought a lot of energy to the City Game and Panthers' captain Jurnee Flournoy made her return following an injury and scored a goal.
"It’s the biggest rivalry this season, so I think the girls were very pumped. They brought that aggression and that intensity," Eisenhower coach Alexsandra Reynolds said. "Jurnee has been facing a hamstring injury this season and she’s been out a couple of games. It was her first game back and she played hard but it gave out on her at the very end but she’ll be ready to go on Friday.”
The Panthers (2-11-2) and Generals (2-11-1) will face each other again on Friday at MacArthur in a regional quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. with the winner facing No. 1-seeded Springfield next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Springfield.