Saturday's prep highlights: Westville softball sweeps doubleheader

Mar. 23—In baseball

Arcola 9, North Clay 6. Ten strikeouts from Tanner Thomas helped the Purple Riders (5-1) overpower the Cardinals in a nonconference road win, with the junior adding two hits to pair with two hits apiece from the bats of Brody Phillips, Brevyn Whisman and Tyson Lewis

* .

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 12, Neoga 7. Hunter Grant's three-hit effort included a double and an RBI as the visiting Knights racked up 12 hits in a nonconference win. Marcus Otto and Connor Nettles had two hits apiece for the Knights, who scored two runs in the second inning, three runs in the third inning and four runs in the fifth inning. Grant pitched 52/3 innings and struck out three batters while allowing five hits, with Kendall Schrock

* striking out two batters in relief.

Fisher 9, Argenta-Oreana 6. Cody Hinton blasted a three-run home run off the scoreboard as part of a five-RBI effort that helped the Bunnies (3-2) secure a nonconference win over the Bombers (2-2) on their home field. Jeremiah Todd added two hits and drove in a run while Ryan Coulter

* allowed six hits and retired seven batters on strikes on the mound.

Springfield 3, Champaign Central 2. Charlie Hobbs

* collected a hit, drove in a run and scored a run for the Maroons (2-4) as the Senators spoiled Champaign Central's home opener.

Paris 20, Tri-County 7. The visiting Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and seventh runs in the second frame to take control of a high-scoring nonconference contest that ended after five innings. Garrett Pollock, Andy Houlihan and Kahle Lee each collected two hits and drove in a run for the Titans (0-4), with Lee striking out a team-best three batters in 12/3

* innings of relief work.

In softball

St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Chillicothe IVC 0. Addison Frick collected three hits in four at-bats to power the Spartans (3-1) to a road victory in Illini Prairie Conference play, with Addy Martinie and Emma McKinney each adding doubles as part of two-hit efforts of their own. Timera Blackburn-Kelly

* went the distance in the circle and fanned six Grey Ghosts against just four hits.

Westville 4, Paris 2. Three runs in the top of the seventh inning helped the Tigers (5-1) come from behind against the host Tigers despite stranding 13 runners on base over the course of the game. Lani Gondzur led Westville's offense with two singles while Laney Cook drove in two runs to back up Lilly Kiesel's

* seven stellar innings of five-strikeout, three-hit ball in the circle.

Westville 7, Robinson 5. Layla Atwood went the distance in the circle for the Tigers (6-1) in their second game of the day, striking out seven batters and allowing 10 hits to secure another nonconference win. Daylin Zaayer

* led Westville's offense with two singles as Atwood was responsible for the team's lone RBI.

In girls' soccer

Centennial 1, Arthur Christian 0. A second-half goal powered the Chargers (1-1) to a road victory over the Conquering Riders (2-3) in nonconference play despite 16 saves from Libby Henry and five saves from Addi Erwin

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Chillicothe IVC 5, St. Thomas More 5. Leighton Clark recorded the first hat trick of her career with a three-goal outing that led the Sabers (0-2-1), who also received two goals from Luciana Grant

* in an IPC draw against the visiting Grey Ghosts.

In boys' track and field

At Bloomington. Josiah Hortin have yourself a day. The Tuscola boys' track and field standout and Louisville signee won the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 57.04 seconds in the Illinois Top Times Class 1A meet, the unofficial indoor state track and field meet at Shirk Center and also took first in the 1,600 in 4:22.91 in Class 1A. Fellow Tuscola distance star Will Foltz placed first in the 3,200 in 9:20.57. Unity's 800-meter relay team of Garrett Richardson, Eric Miebach, Jay Saunders and Brock Schlittler finished second to Mascoutah in 2A with a time of 1 minute, 33.14 seconds, while Centennial's Voldy Makabu

* placed second in the Class 3A high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches.

In girls' track and field

At Bloomington. Mahomet-Seymour's Madalyn Marx claimed victory in the Class 2A 400-meter dash at the Illinois Top Times meet at Shirk Center in 57.55 seconds, with Unity's Jillian Schlittler (long jump, 17-9) and St. Joseph-Ogden's Payton Carter (pole vault, 11-33/4

* ) earning second-place finishes.

Joey Wright