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PREP SOFTBALL: Danville defeats Hoopeston Area

Mar. 21—HOOPESTON — After building a 5-0 lead by the top of the third inning, the Danville softball team let Hoopeston Area tie things up in the fifth inning.

But in the sixth, a bases-loaded walk to Ka'Leah Bellik drove in the winning run as the Vikings came away with a 6-5 win on Thursday.

Gracie Briggs had two hits and three RBIs for the Vikings, while TaeAna Boyd had an RBI. Bellik had three hits, including a triple, while Jaidyn Hardesty had two doubles and Olivia Scaggs had two hits.

Macy Warner had three hits for Hoopeston Area, while Aubreyana Inman had two hits and a RBI and Jersey Cundiff, Maddie Barnes and Kinzley Bailey each had one RBI.

The Vikings are 2-3 and will play Charleston on Tuesday, while the Cornjerkers drop to 5-1 and will play Villa Grove on Friday.

At Hoopeston

Danville 6, Hoopeston Area 5

Danville'203'001'0'— '6 '11' 0

Hoopeston'003'030'0'—'5'8'0

WP — Kendall Rannebarger. LP — Jersey Cundiff. Two or more hits — D: Ka'Leah Bellik 3, Gracie Briggs, Jaidyn Hardesty, Olivia Scaggs. HA: Macy Warner 3, Aubreyana Inman. 2B — D: Hardesty 2, Briggs HA: Warner, Kinzley Bailey, Cundiff. 3B — D: Bellik. HA: Warner 2, Maddie Barnes. RBIs — D: Briggs 3, TaeAna Boyd, Bellik HA: Bailey, Barnes, Inman, Cundiff.

Records — Danville 2-3 overall, Hoopeston Area 5-1 overall.