Another showdown with T'town looms for Nashville

News-DemocratMay 27, 2013 

— The Nashville Hornettes and Teutopolis Wooden Shoes have been longtime rivals on the basketball court, but now that competition extends to the softball field.

The defending Class 2A state champion Hornettes (35-4) will play the Wooden Shoes (20-5) at 1 p.m.. Monday at Rend Lake College in the Ina Super-Sectional.

The winner will play the winner of the Seneca Super-Sectional, either Stanford Olympia (18-15) or No. 1-ranked Kankakee Bishop McNamara (32-0), at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria in the semifinals of the state tournament.

"We played in the super in basketball, and we know those kids compete and they play hard," Nashville coach Dempsey Witte said. "I wouldn't expect anything less from a Teutopolis team."

Nashville beat Teutopolis 43-36 in the Salem Super-Sectional on their way to winning the Class 2A state championship in girls basketball this past winter.

The two schools also squared off in the Class A championship game in 1990 with T-town winning handily.

When it comes to softball, the two schools aren't so familiar with each other.

"I don't know a lot about them," Witte said. "They got some runs off (Carlyle's Paige) Rakers, so you know they are going to be able to put the ball in play. Anybody in a super-sectional game is going to be a quality opponent."

The Wooden Shoes collected eight hits off Rakers, including a two-run homer by Kadi Borres, in a 7-2 win over the Indians in the championship game of the Teutopolis Sectional.

It was the third sectional title for the Wooden Shoes, who have never won a super-sectional. They lost to eventual state champion Carterville in the super-sectional in 2008 and eventual state champion Stanford Olympia in 2009.

The Hornettes knocked out No. 2-ranked Massac County 5-2 on Saturday in the championship game of the Du Quoin Sectional.

The Hornettes used the long ball and their short game to defeat the previously unbeaten Patriots.

Hannah Yung had a solo homer and drove in another run with a single, while Nellie Snead drove in two runs with a single to shallow center field.

"We were so aggressive the first time we faced them offensively," said Witte, whose squad was one-hit by Massac County pitcher Kaylee Childers during a 3-0 loss in the regular season. "I think we swung at some pitches out of the zone and we chased. Childers was going up and in on us a lot, and I thought we chased on that. Today we took those pitches that were out of the zone. We were more patient and we got our pitch to hit.

"Once we got people on, we could do some things on the bases."

SIU Carbondale recruit Shaye Harre carries the biggest stick in the Hornettes' lineup, but they've shown the ability to produce runs up and down the batting order.

"People can walk Shaye, but we feel with Briah Winchester and after that with Yung, Snead and Abbi Liske, those three or four behind her have played a lot of good softball and have had a lot of clutch hits and have gotten a lot of RBIs," Witte said. "We're pretty happy with our lineup all the way through."

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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