DU QUOIN — Hannah Yung had a solo homer and Nellie Snead had a two-run single as the defending state champion Nashville Hornettes downed the previously undefeated Massac County Patriots 5-2 on Saturday in the Class 2A Du Quoin Sectional championship game.
"We put a lot of pressure on, and we threatened in most of the innings,'' Nashville coach Dempsey Witte said. "It was one of the better team wins for the program, I thought. That was an unbelievable win for us.''
The Hornettes (35-4) avenged a 3-0 loss to the Patriots (30-1) on May 2 at SIU-Carbondale. They were one-hit by Massac County pitcher Kaylee Childers in that first meeting.
"One through nine, we took quality at-bats this time,'' Witte said. "It was a much different game this time than the first time we played them. I just felt we were able to put pressure on.''
The Hornettes will be playing the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes (20-5) at 1 p.m. Monday in the Class 2A Ina Super-Sectional at Rend Lake College.
Teutopolis pitcher Kadi Borres hit a two-run homer in leading the Wooden Shoes over the Carlyle Indians 7-2 in the championship game of the Class 2A Teutopolis Sectional.
The Hornettes fell behind 2-0, but Yung's homer got them on the scoreboard.
"When we fell behind, we kept our composure,'' Witte said. "Yung's blast really got us going. She hit it out, and let us know we can score off them.''
The score was tied at 2-2 through three innings before Snead delivered the deciding blow.
"There was runners on second and third and Snead had a bloop single out there, and two runs scored,'' Witte said. "That was the big one.''
Nashville pitcher Maci Ingram struck out 12.
"Man, that's a good lineup, and for her to strike out 12 and us to hold them to two runs, I couldn't be prouder of that,'' Witte said. "That is a dangerous lineup. It's one of the better ones I have coached against.''
Alton Marquette 5, Triad 0
Pitcher Alexis Silwood recorded 18 consecutive outs by strikeout as the Alton Marquette Explorers beat the Triad Knights in the championship game of the Class 3A Triad Regional.
Silkwood's strikeout streak started with the second batter of the game and continued through the sixth inning.
Silkwood, a Mississippi State University recruit, finished with a three-hitter. She walked one.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game coming into it," Silkwood said. "We knew they were a solid team and we had to be on our 'A' game."
Silkwood definitely was at her best.
"I had to have everything working together --movement, speed, pitches," she said. "Every single thing had to look good --my changeup, riseball, my fastball --because they are good hitters. I had to keep them off-balanced.
"I did not know (about the 18 strikeouts). I was just battling with every pitch, every at-bat."
Bailey McAfee provided all the run support that Silkwood would need with a two-run single in the third inning.
The Explorers (27-6) will play the Centralia Orphan Annies (20-11) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Salem Sectional.
The Annies advanced to the sectional with a 10-1 win over the Mater Dei Knights. They turned the tables on the Knights, who swept them 10-0 and 7-2 in a doubleheader on April 22.
Edwardsville 11, Alton 1
Rachel Anderson went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple in leading a 12-hit assault as the Edwardsville Tigers rolled past Alton Redbirds in five innings in the championship game of the Class 4A Granite City Softball Regional.
Hayli Green went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Katelyn Bobrowski drove in three runs with a double and a triple for the Tigers, who rallied for five runs in the third and fifth innings.
The Tigers (29-3) will play the Belleville East Lancers (29-8) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Belleville West High School in a Normal Sectional semifinal.
The Redbirds, who contributed to their own demise with five errors, finished up 29-6.
Altamont 5, Okawville 0
Altamont pitcher Deidre Ledbetter threw a two-hit shutout as the Indians blanked the Okawville Rockets in the championship game of the Class 1A Odin Sectional.
Jolyn Lake and Macey Stroer both singled to account for the Rockets' two hits.
Lake took the loss on the mound, giving up six hits and two earned runs.
The Indians broke open a scoreless stalemate with a run in the fifth and then pushed across four more runs in the sixth.
The Rockets end their season with an 18-11 record.