Ray pitches complete-game shutout, QND advances to sectional final
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Ray pitches complete-game shutout, QND advances to sectional final

The howling wind coming in from right field, coupled with a butter-soft infield saturated by recent rains, made getting a solid hit difficult during Wednesday's Class 2A Beardstown Sectional baseball semifinal. Tommy Ray's dominance made it that much harder.

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Birck's blast worth waiting through rain delay for Canton

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Palmyra rally falls short in Class 3 quarterfinals

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Central picks up where it left off after Monday's rain

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Serbin shines in 'relief' role with no-hitter for Canton

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Drake Serbin was told early Tuesday afternoon by Canton coach Clint Smith that he would be starting the Class 2 Sectional baseball game against Sturgeon, because Lance Logsdon was dealing with a strained tricep. So when Smith came to him j

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Early lead doesn't last for Unity in regional final

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- For the third time this postseason, the Unity baseball team scored multiple runs in the first inning Tuesday. The Mustangs' lead didn't last this time. Jacksonville Routt answered Unity's four-run first inning by scoring in five of i

Errors on field, basepaths cost Blue Devils in regional
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Errors on field, basepaths cost Blue Devils in regional

QUINCY -- Drake Green shook off the hits the Granite City baseball team was collecting. "I throw a lot of strikes, so a good swinging team is going to put the ball in play," the right-handed Quincy High School pitcher said. "They didn't have those hits in

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Illini West falls in regional title game

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Three baseball games pushed back because of rain

The Central baseball team must wait a day to finish its Class 1A Triopia Regional championship game. Monday afternoon's against Triopia was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the third inning because of rain. The top-seeded Panthers were leading the

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Maddox's single lifts Palmyra to sectional victory

HALLSVILLE, Mo. -- Palmyra had a 2-0 lead in Monday's Class 3 sectional baseball game until the top of the sixth inning, when Hallsville scored twice and chased starting pitcher Jacob Kroeger from the game. Panthers coach Mark Loman knew his team needed to