Despite a 7-3 loss in the regular-season finale Wednesday night against Springfield in extra innings, the Wolverines enter the postseason 12-8 on the season and are now ranked sixth in the latest Division III power rankings.
The Knights entered play 3-0 in the season, but facing a good CB East team was not going to be easy.
"We've got a limited roster with limited experience but despite that the kids are still coming out and hustling", Telesis coach Eddie Sotirokos said. However, Southern Illinois was able to break the seal in the top of the fifth. "We had three key starters out for this game, but managed to pull out a big win".
Friday, senior Spencer Rojahn will be pitching for the Vikings in the second game of the series. Junior Wendy Gillet led off the inning with a double and moved to third on senior Kelsey Ancelot's bunt single. Kleman and the rest of the Warriors held the 'Cats hitless to take home the 4-0 victory.
"Tough night. We saw some improvement", Logan coach Mike Montgomery said.
"We knew Mary wasn't going to give up without a fight, so our defense was going to have to be ready for anything", said Shumaker.
Sophomore pitcher Rhea Pitkin tossed a four-hit shutout, scattering four hits while striking out two.
Paige Eccher singled and scored.
Ian Drays went 3-for-3 with a triple and drove in a pair of runs.
"We needed more runs".
It was a rematch of a semistate game two years ago. Waterloo scored its only run in the third and the L-Cats responded with a seven-run rally in the fourth to break the game open. Chris Angus also doubled for the Falcons (1-1).
Lakeside tacked on three more hits, including one from freshman Eva DeCamillo, who knocked in Carly Sheesley for Lakeside's first and only run of the game.
"Our goal was to score first and we accomplished that goal in both games", said Shumaker.
"We as a team are looking forward to the big week". The Mustangs' had extra base hits from Genoways with a home run and Kasperbauer with a double. We also just remained confident. "We need to think positive, learn from our past games, and grow together as a team", Holbrook said. "That's my problem to take care of and we'll do that starting tomorrow". They had to rally in the final inning. "We had a couple errors in the field that shouldn't have happened".
Rayne's Zach Fontenot tagged a homer and recorded two RBIs and a run for a productive day. After Jon Pulver led off the inning with a walk, Stephen Romanik hit into a fielder choice.
Charis Keen scored all three goals to lead William Lenoir.
Milledgeville (4-4) marked the board in the bottom of the second, as Jocelyn Folkers came up with a two-out bloop single that fell just inside the line in short left field to score Lindsey Brown.
In all, the Tigers left seven runners on base. She gave up just one hit in the next two innings.
Zach Fontenot and Tucker Babineaux recorded doubles on the day, each with two RBIs, while Darian Richard advanced three RBIs on two singles.
Her second sac fly was thanks to a heads-up play by base runner Angelina Reno in the home fifth.
St. Andrews led 2-1 after two innings and maintained their lead through the next four and a half innings.
In the contest, Seymour scored 16 runs on 15 hits.
Howland looked like it might have an answer in the bottom of the fourth. A throwing error to first allowed Bravo to score and Mandell to reach base safety. Cole Snyder led off with a hard hit double. Brittany Bye had a pair of RBI for Oakdale. "We forced them to make plays by putting the ball in play". It just didn't go our way today.