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FORSYTH -- It was a history-making performance for Maroa-Forsyth's Kate Beckemeyer Wednesday.

She picked up the victory against Meridian 13-3 in five innings, giving the Trojans' ace the most victories in program history. 

"Kate picked up her 72nd win today which now makes her the winningest pitcher in Maroa-Forsyth history," Maroa-Forsyth coach Jon Kidd said.

Beckemeyer pitched a complete game allowing no earned runs while striking out three batters.

The victory was redemption for the Trojans (22-6) who watched Meridian beat them 10-9 at home on April 21.

"We played Meridian in the third game of a round robin not too long ago and we definitely didn't bring it mentally, so this game was a big game for us," Kidd said. "Every kid had a hit in our lineup and we took advantage of their mistakes."

Kaylee Robinson led Maroa-Forsyth hitting 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Jade Falk was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Braylee Finck went 3-for-4 with a run scored. 

Meridian's Emma Jackson was 2-for-2 with a run scored. 

Kidd was pleased with his team's defense. 

"If we take a way one half inning today on defense we played pretty darn good softball," he said. 

The Trojans' final games of the season include a chance of winning a piece of the Sangamo Conference title. 

"We have a tough Tolono Unity team (on Thursday) and then a shot at winning a share of the Sangamo on Friday against New Berlin," Kidd said. 

Effingham 5, Effingham St. Anthony 0

EFFINGHAM -- Effingham's Aly Armstrong gave the Hearts a commanding victory Wednesday in the City Series with Effingham St. Anthony. 

"Aly pitched a one-hitter and it was a very well-played game," Effingham (17-4) coach Jerry Trigg said. "(St. Anthony) got a double and runners on second and third and Aly shut them down pretty well." 

The Hearts' offense scored runs over four innings and they should scored more according to Trigg. 

"We racked up 10 hits and had base runners all over the place but we couldn't get as many runs as we wanted. Still though, a 5-0 win against St. Anthony is a solid win," he said. 

Effingham's Jaidi Davis went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Lauryn Douthit was 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Emma Huss added a triple and a run scored. 

The two teams will play again on Thursday in the second game of the City Series. 

BASEBALL

Effingham, Effingham St. Anthony split doubleheader 

EFFINGHAM -- Effingham and Effingham St. Anthony split a City Series doubleheader Wednesday with the Bulldogs winning 2-1 in game one and the Hearts coming out on top 11-1 in game two.

St. Anthony won game one in dramatic fashion as Austin Kline singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. 

Joseph Kabbes provided the Bulldogs' other run with a home run in the sixth inning.

"Offensively, this is the best we've competed for the whole game all season," St. Anthony coach Kenny Koenig said. "We were very competitive at bat and game one was us at our best and that's how we've won 17 games so far this season." 

Game two saw the Hearts' bats come alive as they picked up the victory in six innings. 

Effingham's Ryan Sandifer was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Parker Seachrist was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Blake Lohman added a double and an RBI. 

"We hit the ball a lot better during the second game and our bats definitely came alive more," Effingham coach Chris Fleener said. "Once we came back from the game one loss, we started having a lot more fun. We needed that second-game win. I'm proud of our guys for sticking with it and coming back from the first game."

Zack Lee picked up the victory for the Hearts, striking out 14 and allowing two hits in his six innings of work.  

GIRLS SOCCER

St. Teresa 8, Meridian 0

MACON -- Camryn Wagner and Kaylee Kleist were on fire for St. Teresa Wednesday, combining for five goals as the Bulldogs shutout Meridian in the Class 1A Macon (Meridian) Regional semifinal. 

Wagner scored three goals and Kleist added two.

"Our girls were pretty hungry for this regional game, which really helped us score eight goals," St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said. "We all played well as a unit, so credit goes to everybody." 

Rylie Danner, Mary Shupenus and Maddie Allison also scored goals for the Bulldogs. 

Meridian goalie Ashlee Ingersol recorded 13 saves. 

St. Teresa will play Warrensburg-Latham in the regional final at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth 1, Pana 0

MACON -- Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth advanced to the regional final with a win against Pana in a game called due to weather with about 35 minutes remaining in the second half.

"It was a hard-fought game, back and forth," Warrensburg coach Kevin Emery said. "I personally would have liked to have seen (the game) played out, but we can't complain too much." 

The Cardinals' Channing Johnston scored the winning goal and it was critical to Emery that his team got on the board first. 

"We've played (Pana) twice and the last time to a tie at home," he said. "That motivated Pana and let them think that they had a good shot at us today." 

Pana coach Mike Weideman holds no ill will toward his opponent. 

"No hard feelings toward Warrensburg-Latham, Mother Nature just deicded we were done," he said. "I'm proud of our girls -- we made it tough for the teams we played this year."

Warrensburg goalie Wilma Tengfors had four saves and Pana goalie Shelby Lehman had eight saves. 

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