The Heartland College softball team notched two wins in the NJCAA Division II Region 24 Tournament at Mattoon on Saturday to advance to today's noon title game.
If Heartland (33-10) wins today, it advances to the May 15-17 national tournament at Champion Fields in Normal.
Heartland opened with an 11-0 victory over Lincoln College in which Calli Schmidt stroked a two-run home run in the fifth. She finished four-of-five at the plate with two doubles and three runs batted in.
Teammate Jessica Shaefer had a double among her three hits to drive in two runs. Hannah Dow (9-5) scattered four hits while striking out six and walking one.
In the second game, Amber May (16-3) led the Hawks to a 3-1 triumph over Illinois Central College by fanning 12 and walking none. Schmidt provided a two-run homer in the fifth after Kate Singler had hit a solo homer.
"We had several people step up in key situations," said Heartland coach Shae Wesley.
REGION 24 TOURNAMENT
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WP - Hannah Dow (9-5). LP - Buse.
Home runs - Heartland - Calli Schmidt (one on in fifth).
Hitting stars - Heartland - Schmidt (2 doubles, 4 hits, 3 RBI), Kate Singler (2 hits), Jessica Schaefer (double, 3 hits, 2 RBI), Kaitlin Ralph (double, 3 hits, 1 RBI), Amber May (double), Amanda Sartoris (double, 1 RBI).
Pitching star - Heartland - Dow (6 SO, 1 BB).
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Illinois Central 000 100 0-1-5-1
WP - May (16-3). LP - T.J. Matheny.
Home runs - Heartland - Schmidt (one on in fifth), Singler (solo in fifth).
Hitting stars - Heartland - Schmidt (2 hits, 2 RBI), Sarah Waylock (3 hits).
Pitching star - Heartland - May (12 SO, 0 BB).
Record - Heartland 33-10.