New Athens edged Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division rival Lebanon, 4-3, in the championship game of its own Class 1A sectional tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (22-5) advanced to the DuQuoin Supersectional Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. They’ll face the winner of the Cobden Regional final between Trico and Steeleville. That game was pushed back to Monday because of the weather.
“A lot of our same girls have been in this spot before” said New Athens coach Conrad Widdersheim. “We played Trico two years ago in the super-sectional and Steeleville is in our conference, so we’ve played them twice this year. I think we have a bunch of girls prepared and know what it takes to get the job done on Tuesday.”
Lebanon’s season ends with a record of 10-20, but the Greyhounds won five out of their last six before the loss to New Athens.
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“Especially from last year, that is one team that has done a 180,” Widdersheim said. “It’s impressive how much they have improved just this season.”
New Athens scored in the top of the first. Sophie Cooper singled to drive in Jenna Alfeldt, who had doubled with one out. Lebanon tied the score in the bottom of the second on a Brittany Ogden single to drive home Emily Reinneck who also singled.
The Yellow Jackets scored two times in the fourth, but Lebanon responded with one in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to 3-2.
A two-out RBI single by Savannah Idecker in the sixth gave New Athens an insurance run.
Abby Marlow was the winning pitcher. Emily Reinneck took the loss for Lebanon.
Taylor Junge led the New Athens hitters, going 2-3 with an RBI. Hannah Daab made two key defensive plays in right field for New Athens by throwing out a runner at the plate and one at second base.
Marlow scattered four hits while striking out seven and walking three. Reinneck, a freshman who earned both wins in the Greyhounds’ regional tournament championship, surrendered eight hits, struck out seven, and walked two.
“She has some velocity, but does a real good job hitting her spots,” Widdersheim said of Reinneck. “We weren’t able to do a whole lot of damage offensively against her, but I guess we did just enough.”
3A Triad Regional
▪ Freeburg 12, Jerseyville 3: Miranda Schulte got the win in the pitcher’s circle as Freeburg clinched the Class 3A Triad Regional championship with a 12-3 win over Jerseyville.
Freeburg took command early with two runs in the first and five in the second.
The win gives Freeburg (23-6) its first regional softball championship since 2008. The Midgets advance to the Herrin 3A Sectional where it will face Marion in a semifinal Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
None of Jerseyville’s runs were earned. Schulte allowed just two hits while striking out three and walking one. At the plate, she went 3-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in.
The Midgets pounded out 12 hits in all. Kimmie Hoffman was 3-3 with four runs and an RBI; Jenny Homann was 2-4, incuding a home run, with two runs and three RBIs; Josie Ledbetter was 3-4 with a run and two RBIs; and aley Alt was 1-3 with two RBI.
Bethany Muenstermann took the loss in 4.2 innings pitched for Jerseyville.