Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Four Area Teams Ready to Battle in Supersectionals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Four Area Teams Ready to Battle in Supersectionals

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Four Metro East teams, two in softball and two in baseball, head into today's supersectionals with the hopesof spending the weekend in the northern part of the state.

Peoria, where the softball state tournament occurs, and Joliet, where the state baseball tournament will take place, are the preferred destinations.

In Class 3A softball, Columbia will play in its second supersectional; the first was in 2002. The Eagles, who have won 24 consecutive games, will play Chatham Glenwood at 4:30 p.m. today in Mattoon. The Eagles (35-3) beat Glenwood, 5-2, on May 10 in the championship game of the Triad Tournament.

Eagles ace Bri Weilbacher tossed a no-hitter in the sectional championship win against Centralia. She is 29-1 in the circle with 291 strikeouts in 183 innings. At the plate, she is hitting .504 with 15 HRs and 51 RBIs. Six other regulars are above .400, including Kaylee Bastien (.512, three HRs, 29 RBIs), Taryn Pena (.486, four HRs, 29 RBIs), Rachel Garcia (.463, eight HRs, 44 RBIs) and Caitlyn Touchette (.448, 11 HRs, 46 RBIs).

If the Eagles advance, they will play the winner of Chicago St. Ignatius and Lombard Montini in the semifinals Friday in Peoria. Times will be announced later.

In Class 4A, Edwardsville (36-3) has won 18 consecutive games. The Tigers, who are hoping to reach their first state tournament since they finished second in 2009, will play Lincoln-Way East (26- 10) at 6:30 p.m. today at Illinois State University.

The Tigers are led by junior pitcher Kallen Loveless, who is 24- 1 with an 0.79 ERA. She is hitting .504 with seven HRs and a school- record 59 RBIs. Shortstop Ari Arnold is hitting .474 with one HR and 39 RBIs, catcher Anna Walschleger is at .473 with 47 runs and 28 stolen bases, and sophomore center fielder Rachel Anderson is at .447 with six HRs, 42 RBIs and 51 runs.

After posting a 12-0 run-rule victory against Normal Community in the sectional championship Saturday, the Tigers have outscored opponents 51-2 in the playoffs, including three shutouts. …

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