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DECATUR — The Class 1A Decatur (St. Teresa) Regional quarterfinal was the perfect time for the St. Teresa softball team to notch its first win of the season.

The Bulldogs beat Mount Pulaski 19-4 in four innings on Monday to advance to play Argenta-Oreana at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hannah Stoneburg got the win for St. Teresa, pitching two innings and striking out four and Anna McCarty pitched in relief.

The Bulldogs (1-20) scored eight runs in the first inning and scored at least three runs in the following three frames.

"Today, we came out swinging the bats hard, like we've been doing all season," St. Teresa coach Courtney Sheehan said. "We made them make plays and we played an excellent offensive and defensive game. Hannah Stoneburg came in throwing strikes, then Anna McCartney came in and moved the ball well and was able to put them down pretty quietly."

Claire Peters was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, Stoneburg was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs, Paige Ford had a double and an RBI, Abby Robinson had a double and three RBIs, Kaitlin Jedlicka had a double and an RBI and Jeanna-Marie Wilson had a double and two RBIs for St. Teresa.

Mount Zion sweeps doubleheader

MOUNT ZION — There were no free passes for Effingham.

Mount Zion pitchers Olivia Gilman and Audrey Eades combined to not allow a walk in either games of Mount Zions doubleheader wins against Effingham. The Braves (24-6) won game one 11-4, and game two 9-5.

"First and foremost, our pitchers kept it on the ground floor tonight," Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. "No walks all night, which was huge. We had a good chance to be able to get out there and compete. 

Kynzie Wrigley provided plenty of offense for the Braves, combining to go 6-for-7 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Camryn Skundberg homered and drove in four runs in the first game and Dayna Kennedy doubled in the second game.

"The top four or five girls in the order hit very, very well," Blakey said of Bailey Davis, Kennedy, Skundberg, Wrigley and Eades.

"We played pretty well, and it's always good to beat a quality team like Effingham."

Terre Haute South Vigo 10, Mattoon 0

MATTOON -- It definitely wasn’t the Senior Night the Mattoon softball team was hoping for.

After picking up a good sweep against Effingham on Saturday, the Green Wave came out flat against Terre Haute South Vigo on Monday.

Mattoon struggled in almost every facet of the game. The Green Wave only managed two hits and then South Vigo scored 10 runs on only seven hits as a couple of errors and a few walks helped the Braves.

It all added up to a 10-0 loss for Mattoon on Senior Night.

“We were definitely a totally different team than we were this weekend. I don’t know if they were consumed with Senior Night stuff,” Mattoon coach Hannah Dow said. “We didn’t execute and didn’t put things together. Only had a couple of hits. Defensively, they had 10 runs on (seven) hits, we had a couple of errors and walks, you can’t give them free bases. Then the errors, physical and mental ones.”


Monticello 7, Okaw Valley 4

MONTICELLO — Both Monticello and Okaw Valley got an important tune-up before they begin postseason play this week.

Monticello, Illini Prairie Conference Champions, got strong pitching from Jeffery Wileaver and big hitting from Mitch Carr to beat Little Okaw Valley champion Okaw Valley.

Wileaver pitched five innings, striking out nine batters and allowing three runs. Carr was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Sages (24-4).

"I thought Wileaver did a really good job against a really good offensive team," Monticello coach Chris Jones said. "He came out and got ahead and did a good job of keeping us in the ball game."

Alek Bundy homered and had three RBIs for Monticello to go along with Carr's performance at the dish.

"Offensively, we had a pretty good day," Jones said. "Hopefully we can carry that into regional play."

Austin Harshman was 2-for-4 with a triple for Okaw Valley and Garret Fritz added a home run and two RBIs.

Central A&M 11, Meridian 1

ASSUMPTION — Brycen Burgener connected on a walk-off home run for Central A&M, the first long ball of the season for the Raiders in the Class 1A Macon (Meridian) Regional quarterfinals played in Assumption.

Not only did it give A&M the win by the 10-run rule, it also preserved the arms of the Raiders for Thursday's semifinal game against Argenta-Oreana.

"I can't think of a better time for our first home run of the season," A&M coach Chad Carroll said. "It saved our pitchers from throwing more pitches and it gives our team confidence going into Thursday."

Brian Hardimon got the start on the mound and struck out eight batters in 4 2/3 innings pitched.

"Brian pitched his best game of the year," Carroll said. "He moved his pitches all around the strike zone, and our offense gave him enough support to just relax and pitch."


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