Klair Hartzold went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as Olympia High School cruised to the Class 2A Rantoul Softball Sectional championship with an 8-3 victory over St. Joseph-Ogden on Saturday.
The Spartans (31-3) will meet Alton Marquette or Litchfield in the Athens Super-Sectional, which has been moved to Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Alton Marquette and Litchfield were postponed in the second inning Saturday and will resume Monday.
Dani Williams (18-1) limited St. Joseph-Ogden to one hit, a bunt single, until the seventh. The Spartans got three hits in the seventh, including back-to-back homers by Abby Immke and Abbey McElwee, before Williams recorded the final out. Williams struck out three and walked none.
Olympia had 10 hits, including a pair by Ali Haesele.
Dwight captures first title: Another strong offensive performance lifted Dwight to a 10-4 victory over Newark in the Class 1A Serena Sectional championship game to give the Trojans their first-ever sectional title.
Dwight (24-10) advances to the Danville Schlarman Super-Sectional, which has been moved to Tuesday, against Blue Ridge or Schlarman.
The Trojans, who survived an 11-10 slugfest against Grant Park two days earlier, put the game away early with a seven-run first inning. Sarah Butterfield led the way with three hits, including two triples and a double.
Kate Pfeifer, Tori Grzincic and Jamie Stanton each added two hits for Dwight while Erin Gaston struck out six for the win.
Blue Ridge trailing 5-0: The Class 1A Tri-Valley Sectional softball championship game between Blue Ridge and Danville Schlarman will resume at 11 a.m. on Monday in Downs with Schlarman leading, 5-0.
Play was suspended for nearly two hours after the first inning and resumed long enough to complete the second before the rains came again and halted action in the top of the third.
The Hilltoppers took advantage of back-to-back throwing errors by Blue Ridge in the second inning to score three runs after taking a 2-0 lead in the first. Schlarman left the bases loaded in each inning.
Blue Ridge outfielder Liz Cordes led off the third with a single and will be on first base with Jordyn Fones batting when play resumes.