MAZON — The Mazon-Verona-Kinsman softball team earned the first trip to the IESA state tournament in school history. In fact, the Lady Mavericks won their first-ever regional title this season as well.
The Lady Mavericks (12-6) beat Seneca, 7-3, to win the Class 1A Seneca Regional, then beat LaSalle Trinity Catholic, 6-4, in the LaSalle Trinity Catholic Sectional to advance to the state quarterfinals.
MVK (12-6) will play Pawnee (16-4) in the quarterfinals on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Champion Fields in Normal.
The Lady Mavericks are coached by Patrick Starwalt and the team includes Tessa Krull, Kaydynce Wardlow, Marlie Lissy, Aurora Weber, Morgan Starwalt, Audrey Claypool, Lexis Buis, Tori Skelton, Lily Pfeifer, Hayden Pfeifer, Madison DeGrush, Kaylee Klinker, Brynlee Hunt, Gracie Smith, Brooklyn Sheedy, Grace Biros, Ameliah Weber, and Casey Humphrey.
In IESA Class 3A softball, both Coal City and Minooka have advanced to the state quarterfinals. Coal City (15-6) will play Chatham Glenwood (13-0) at 2:30 p.m. Friday and Minooka (14-5) will play Barrington Station (16-1) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Class 2A: Saratoga defeated Crest Hill Richland, 10-0, to win the Saratoga Regional. Bryce Lee went the distance on the mound for the Hawks, striking out 15 and walking one. The Hawks (10-5) collected 12 hits to win their seventh regional title in the last 10 years. Saratoga will host Kankakee Bishop McNamara on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Sectional championship.
Class 3A: Minooka defeated Ottawa Shepherd, 11-1, to win the Minooka Regional. The Indians will host Wilmington in the Minooka Sectional on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Source: The Daily Chronicle