Junior High Softball: Manteno advances, Dwight falls

by Scott R Schultz

Junior High Softball: Manteno advances, Dwight falls

With Saturday's 7-3 victory over Peotone, the Manteno junior high softball team will head to the Class AA Regional Championship game Monday night to face host, and top-seed Beecher.

For Dwight, Saturday saw the Redbirds season come to an early close falling 5-4 in a defensive battle with MVK. The Mavericks will face No. 1 seed Pontiac St. Mary's in the Class A Seneca Regional Championship.

Manteno 7 - Peotone 3

After a back-and-forth four innings, Peotone was up one heading into the bottom of the fifth. With the semi-final matchup tied at three, and Manteno batting in the bottom of the fifth, Drew Hosselton singled driving in one run to put the Panthers in the lead.

The Panthers added three runs in the sixth inning on a fielder's choice by Ashlyn Mitchell, a fielder's choice by Lily Bivona, and a error.

Ashtyn Wischnowski earned the win from the circle pitching seven innings, allowing three runs, three hits, and striking out 15. 

Drew Hosselton led the Panthers with two hits in four at bats while Mia Robbins led on the basepaths with two stolen bases - the Panthers swiped five on the day.

MVK 5 - Dwight 4

Dwight's explosive offense managed seven hits against MVK in Saturday's Regional semi-final, but weren't able to get the timely hits when needed to produce.

Erin Anderson and Megan Livingston each had two hits with Alexis Thetard, Rachel Heath, and Jordan Schultz each adding a hit apiece for the Redbird offense.

The Mavericks were held to just one run through the first four innings as Jordan Schultz struck out nine on the day from the circle, but the Maverick bats put up four runs in the fifth to take the lead.

The Redbirds responded with two in the sixth, but weren't able to overcome the deficit.

"We'd hit the ball, and they'd make the plays", said Dwight coach Chuck Trainor. "Credit goes to them for a well played game".

Dwight finished the season with a 15-5 record.

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