High School Sports 5-17

Highlights from softball, soccer, baseball and lacrosse including regional action
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 10:51 PM CDT
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(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Metamora had a chance to clinch at least a share of the Mid-Illini softball title on Tuesday, but their biggest rivals prevented that from happening. Washington beat the Redbirds 7-2 to put themselves in contention for a conference championship. That means that with their 10-1 win over Pekin, East Peoria clinched a share of the conference title. The Mid-Illini championship will come down to Thursday’s game between Washington and East Peoria. With a win, EP is the outright champ. If Washington wins, Washington, East Peoria and Metamora will all share the title.

Tuesday also brought us regional semifinal night in small schools softball. In Class 1A, Illini Bluffs started their state title defense with a 5-0 win over Delavan. In Class 2A, Tremont beat El Paso-Gridley 10-0 and IVC blanked Eureka 7-0 (behind 15 strikeouts from Katie Petran) to set up a Turks vs. Grey Ghosts regional final on Friday night. In the Class 2A Farmington regional, Brimfield beat Monmouth-Roseville 7-1.

It was also regional semifinal night in Class 2A soccer as Morton beat La Salle-Peru 10-0, Peoria Notre Dame shutout Orion 8-0 and Metamora beat Ottawa 7-1. In Class 1A, Normal U-High beat Williamsville 7-0 in a sectional semifinal matchup.

In regular season baseball, Bloomington beat Limestone 10-0 at Dozer Park while Metamora beat Peoria Richwoods 6-2.

In lacrosse, Washington cruised past rival Dunlap 19-5 in their regular season finale. The Panthers finished the regular season a perfect 13-0.

Washington also hosted an 11-person signing day on Tuesday night.

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