Season Ends For Salem Baseball and Centralia Softball TeamsThe season came to an end Saturday for the Salem Wildcat baseball team and Centralia Orphan Annie softball team. Both lost in the sectional title games.
Salem fell to Mascoutah 2-1 in the championship of the St. Jacob Triad Sectional. Alex Oltmann picked up the win for Mascoutah. Riley Martin was tagged with the loss for the Wildcats, even though he limited Mascoutah to five hits and struck out seven. Martin also scored Salem's only run in the bottom of the fourth on a single. Salem had runners on base in six of the seven innings, including the seventh when the game ended with a runner stranded on third base. Salem ends the season at 27-10, one of their most successful ever that saw the team win its first regional title in over 50 years. Mascoutah improves to 33-6 and advance to their first ever Super-Sectional. They will take on Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, who is 36-3 on the year, Monday afternoon.
The Orphan Annies were not allowed a hit in their 1-0 loss to Columbia. Brianne Weilbacher no-hit Centralia, while also providing her team with the only run they would need....a home run to break the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Centralia's Jessica Feig threw a five hitter, but was still tagged with the loss. The Orphan Annies end the season at 25-7.
Webber Township High School at Bluford fell in the Class 1A Baseball state title game in Peoria. They fell to Crete (Illinois Lutheran) 12 to 2.
One Effingham County softball team brought home a state title, while another had to settle for second place. Altamont won the Class 1A state softball title with a 2 to 1 win over Trico. Teutopolis lost the Class 2A state championship game to Rock Island (Alleman) 9-3.
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