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Indians run into buzzsaw in sectional semifinals

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The Calhoun softball team's pitching has been consistently dominant in the postseason in recent years. Sydney Baalman is simply the latest to mow teams down. Baalman threw a five-hit shutout while striking out 16 in a 7-0 victory...

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Turks snuff out Raiders' rally, win sectional semifinal

BRIMFIELD, Ill. -- The situation was ripe for a rally. The Quincy Notre Dame softball team just couldn't get the hit needed to sustain it. Trailing Tremont by three runs in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday in the Class 2A Brimfield Sectional...

Blue Devils rocked by reigning champs to open regionals
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Blue Devils rocked by reigning champs to open regionals

EAST MOLINE, Ill. -- The Rock Island softball team were pronounced ready to go for its state title defense. Rock Island announced that by sending 14 batters to the plate in an 11-run first inning on the way to a 16-1 four-inning victory over Quincy High Sc

Raiders show grit, capture first regional title since 2016
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Raiders show grit, capture first regional title since 2016

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Quincy Notre Dame softball coach Eric Orne may have been the person most excited about winning a regional title. After QND third baseman Kegan Wall fired the ball across the infield to first baseman Katie Cowan to win...

Regional title enhances Indians' celebration
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Regional title enhances Indians' celebration

PAYSON, Ill. -- The fact graduation loomed this weekend had the seniors on the Payson Seymour softball team in a relatively good mood. It became a party mood Friday night. For the first time since 2012, the Indians won a regional championship...

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Mustangs upset in regional championship

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- The Unity softball team faced a manageable deficit after four innings. It was too much to make up after the fifth inning. Jacksonville Routt used a five-run frame to turn a two-run advantage into a seven-run cushion on the way to up

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Prep softball roundup: Raiders, Chargers to meet for regional title

The Quincy Notre Dame and Illini West softball teams have combined to win 50 games this season. They will battle each other for the right to celebrate No. 51. The Raiders and Chargers both posted shutouts Wednesday in Carthage, Ill., winning...

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Regional softball roundup: Indians put cap on Eagles' late rally

Tori Schieferdecker didn't let a runner reaching base in the top of the seventh inning faze her. A lineout and a strikeout left the tying run stranded at third base as the Payson Seymour softball team outlasted Liberty for a 3-2 victory Tuesday...

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Prep softball roundup: Saukees explode offensively to stay alive in regional

The 10th-seeded Pittsfield softball team earned the right to come home, scoring eight runs in the third inning to gain the separation necessary for a 19-8 victory over ninth-seeded North Mac in the opening game of the Class 2A Pittsfield Regional...

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Five things to watch for in Illinois prep softball regionals

Does Central's title streak end? The Panthers have won five consecutive Class 1A regional championships and have played for the sectional title the last three seasons. Winning a sixth regional will be a tough task. Central is the No. 3 seed...