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Intercity softball: West rallies past Mattoon in 10th

Intercity softball: West rallies past Mattoon in 10th

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Normal West High School's softball team scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning to beat Mattoon 5-1 in a Big 12 Conference game Saturday at Mattoon.

The Wildcats improved to 14-0 by downing Mattoon 4-3 in the nonconference second game. West is 3-0 in the Big 12.

Sarah Washburn (2-0) went the distance for the Wildcats in the opener, striking out six and allowing four hits.

"We badly needed a game like this where the pressure was on us. They got ahead in the first inning," said West coach April Schermann. "This was only the second time this year we've been down.

"Going into the heart of conference play the next two weeks it was good for us to have a game where the pressure was put on us. We've been averaging eight runs a game. It was great for us to come out today and have a strong opponent."

Megan Nelson's single drove in Cymone Allen to break a 1-all tie in the 10th. Michelle Henderson's slow grounder scored the next run, while Jenna Ioerger and Caiti Kopp followed with run-scoring hits.

West scored three runs in the fourth of the second game to take a 4-1 lead and Jenn Murray (10-0) hung on. Murray struck out eight. Meg McCormick led the West offense with three hits, while Chelsea Myers drove in two runs.

BHS 14-11, Urbana 0-2

Stephanie Butler struck out 10 and gave up one hit in leading Bloomington to a Big 12 Conference victory at Urbana.

The Purple Raiders completed the sweep in the second game, which didn't count in the Big 12 standings.

Shelby Parker had three hits and three RBI in the opener for BHS (10-6, 3-0). Lauren Manahan added three hits, while Heidi Hayward, Jenny Enata and Blair Brown had two hits and two RBI each in support of Butler (5-4), who faced only 22 batters.

Jenna Poisel (5-2) went the distance in the nightcap, striking out seven and allowing four hits. Manahan contributed three hits and three RBI, while Butler had three hits. Parker and Katie Hynes each had two RBI.

"We hit the ball real well. Even the ones we (made out) we hit a lot of line drives," said BHS coach Murray Hynes. "I was very pleased with our pitch selection and hitting. Stephanie threw a great game. She hit her spots real well."

NCHS 23-10, Centennial 0-0

Normal Community pitchers Amber May and Bailey Franklin limited Centennial to one hit and no runs in a twin bill at Normal.

Franklin (3-2) tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the second game after May (10-1) allowed just one hit in the opener, which counted in the Big 12 Conference standings. The Ironmen improved to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in the league.

"I'm just glad everybody got to play," said NCHS coach Bob Grimes. "Our hitters had to be disciplined because their pitchers had a lot of walks."

The Ironmen received 13 walks in the first game and 11 in the second. Three NCHS batters were hit by pitches.

Jordan Menendez had two hits and three RBI, Marla Kindred had a double and three RBI, Katie Lutes had a double and two RBI and Courtney Sharp and Jessi Smith each had two RBI in the first game, with the Ironmen scoring 16 runs in the first inning.

In the second game, Lisa White doubled and singled to drive in two runs, Hannah Benson had a triple, Danielle Bentley had two hits and two RBI and Sharp added two RBI.

Central Catholic falls twice

Lauren Heubsch threw seven scoreless innings in both of her starts for the Saints Saturday at the Clinton Tournament and wound up with a pair of losses to show for her efforts.

Fieldcrest's Alyssa Kroeschen threw a no-hitter to outduel Huebsch and Erinn McNamara drove in a run in the bottom of the eighth as the Knights (10-5) earned a 1-0 victory.

The Saints then suffered an almost identical fate against Hartsburg-Emden as Jillyn Cross' RBI single in the bottom of the eighth off Heubsch gave the Stags a 1-0 win.

"We had a power outage and we just couldn't get a timely hit," said Central Catholic coach Mark Demboski. "Lauren pitched well in both games. I felt bad for her."

Huebsch allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out nine in the loss to Fieldcrest, and followed that effort with a five-strikeout effort against Hartem.

Nicole Buse earned the win for the Stags, striking out seven and scattering two Nora Lander hits in eight innings. Abby Olson had a double and two hits for Hartem.


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