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EFFINGHAM - The Salem Wildcats will open up post-season play today in prep baseball as the 2nd seed from the Effingham 3A Regional.  The Wildcats will take on the Effingham Hearts tonight around 6pm in the second game of the day.  The opener will feature top-seeded Charleston and 5th seed Centralia at 4pm.  Salem and Effingham played on Thursday with both teams winning games.  Effingham earned a 4-0 win in the opener followed by a 4-3 walk-off win in extra innings for the Wildcats.  

    Also today from Jerseyville the hosts take on Alton Marquette followed by Highland and Civic Memorial.  At Mt Zion it's the hosts and Chatham Glenwood followed by Mattoon and Rochester.  Last night Carbondale beat Massac County 5-4 in extra innings.  

    The small school sectionals begin today.  In 2A at Nashville it will be Harrisburg and DuQuoin with the winner getting tomorrow's winner between Nashville and Carmi White County in the title game on Saturday.  Also today at Vandalia, Althoff takes on Breese Central at 4 followed by Teutopolis and Piasa Southwestern at 6pm.  

    In 1A sectional semifinals today at Blackburn College in Carlinville, it's Okawville and Carrollton with tomorrow seeing Mulberry Grove and Morrisonville in the other semi.  At St Anthony today, Edwards County takes on Altamont, tomorrow it's St Anthony and Neoga. 


BREESE - The post season in prep softball is in full swing.  In Class 3A Regional semifinals yesterday, the Centralia Annies worked 6 walks in the first inning to score 3 times and went on to a 10-0 win over Mascoutah at the Breese Semifinal.  Centralia improved to 23-7 on the season and will take on the host Lady Knights who edged Olney 9-8 in a game that featured several lead changes and ties.  It was a walk-off single from freshman Allyson Beckmann that gave Mater Dei their win.  

    Also in 3A action last night, at Civic Memorial, Highland knocked off Jerseyville 14-1 and Alton Marquette shutout Triad 3-0.  At Herrin, it was Carbondale taking out the host Lady Tigers 16-1 in six innings.  At Mattoon, Mt Zion shutout Charleston 19-0 and the host Green Wave beat Effingham 4-0.  Waterloo defeated Althoff 10-0.  Today on the schedule, Marion takes on Massac County at Herrin, Columbia plays Freeburg at Waterloo.

    In 2A Sectional semifinal games, Maci Ingram struck out 18 and Nashville advanced to the Carterville championship game with a 5-0 win over Pinckneyville.  Ingram allowed just 2 hits on the afternoon.  The Hornettes will take on the winner of today's game between Carterville and Carmi White County.  At Teutopolis last night it was Fairfield nipping the Wooden Shoes 4-3.  Tonight Breese Central takes on Tuscola for the other finals spot.   

    In 1A Sectional play at Odin, it was Oblong shutting out New Athens 2-0.  They advance to play in Saturday's title game against either Bunker Hill or Wayne City who play today.  The other tournament we are following is at St Anthony where the host Lady Bulldogs were defeated last night by Cumberland 10-8.  Today, Okaw Valley does battle with Central A&M. 


MASCOUTAH - Mascoutah ended Salem's softball season on Monday afternoon with a play-in game win in regional action from Mascoutah 12-0.  Salem was outhit 17-2 with the lone hits coming from freshmen Olivia Chaplin and Layla Word.  The 12-18 Indians face top seeded Centralia at 4pm today at Northside Park in Breese.  Centralia is 22-7 on the season.  The second game tonight will be the host Lady Knights and Olney.  

    Also last night in regional play-in games, Althoff beat down Cahokia 13-0, Charleston 11-2 over MacArthur, Effingham routed Eisenhower 15-0, Freeburg 24-0 over East St Louis, Jerseyville nipped Civic Memorial 7-6, Taylorville fell to Jacksonville 4-3.  On the schedule in 3A regional semifinal games today, Highland and Jerseyville open up play at Civic Memorial at 4:30 followed by Triad and Alton Marquette.  At Mattoon, it is Mt Zion against Charleston followed by Mattoon and Effingham.  Waterloo will host Althoff.  

    The small school softball 2A sectionals begin today at Carterville where Pinckneyville takes on Nashville today and Carmi White County plays Carterville tomorrow.  At Teutopolis today it's Fairfield and the host Wooden Shoes followed tomorrow with Breese Central and Tuscola.  

    In 1A at Odin today Oblong and New Athens play at 4:30, tomorrow it will be Wayne City and Bunker Hill.  Then from St Anthony today, the host Lady Bulldogs take on Cumberland with the Central A&M v. Okaw Valley game coming tomorrow. 


CHARLESTON - Centralia's Latavia Maines finished 2nd in the shot put at the State Track & Field Meet in Charleston with a throw of 43-feet 9-and-a-quarter inches.  Mt Zion's Cassidy Osbourne-Butler was first and Tayla Schwarz of Dixon was 3rd.  Maines is the first Centralia athlete to place in the throws since Jasmine Matthews took 7th in the discus in 2005.  Mt Vernon's Charde Golliday took 3rd in the triple jump and was 9th in the 400. 



MT VERNON - The Salem 14U Wildcats finished up the year in the Mt Vernon Tournament.  Salem took on the Centralia Heat with Nick Hess striking out 12 in 5.2 innings and Jared Hubler closed it out with 2 more k's.  At the plate, Isaak Hays hit a double and had 4 RBI, Brett Whitney added 2 RBI, Addison Boxx and Hess both had a double and RBI in the 12-0 win.  

Salem also beat Mt Vernon 11-2.  Zack Livesy went 5 innings in the win and at the plate joined Whitney with 3 runs scored, Hays and Boxx scored twice with Boxx also adding a triple and Brennon Nix added a run.  

Salem took on a very good Nashville team their final two games with Harness and Eric Brubaker working in the loss with a list of mishaps in the first game.  The 2nd game was a lot better but Salem fell 5-2.  Whitney struck out 7 and Hays added a strikeout on the hill.  Hubler had a 2 run triple for the scoring.  

The team finished with an 11-6-and-1 mark with Manager Casey Hess adding that he was proud of the season his team put together. 

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