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SVM scouts 1A/2A softball regionals

1A Aquin

When: Today, Tuesday, Saturday

Where: Highland Community College

Teams: No. 1 Milledgeville, No. 2 Dakota, No. 3 Pearl City, No. 4 Aquin, No. 5 Eastland

Players to watch: Morgan Adolph, Milledgeville 3b/p; Sophie Brunner, Aquin; Emily Bush, Milledgeville p; Kristi Ebbers, Dakota c; Ashley Napean, Eastland p; Meghan Stichter, Pearl City ss

Outlook: The NUIC East champion Missiles, hoping to return to state, split their regular-season series with the Dakota Indians. Aquin recently hung tough with the
Indians, and the heavy-hitting West Division champ
Pearl City Wolves are not to be overlooked. Dakota
hosting the sectional is a juicy carrot for the Indians.

Favorite: Milledgeville

Dark horse: Dakota

SVM prediction: Milledgeville

Advancement: Winner to Dakota Sectional vs.
AFC winner, 7 p.m. May 22

1A AFC

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

Where: Ashton

Teams: No. 1 Amboy, No. 2 Newman, No. 3 AFC,
No. 4 Indian Creek

Players to watch: Lauren Akre, Amboy p; Cassey Doege, Amboy ss/p; Cassidy Koning, AFC p; Sarah Matson, AFC if/of; Mary Alice Oswalt, Newman ss; Laura Turnroth, Newman p

Outlook: This one is the Clippers’ to lose. Akre has come into her own nicely, and there’s hitting up and down the lineup. However, if a few Comets bats get hot and support Turnroth, Newman has a shot.

Favorite: Amboy

Dark horse: Newman

SVM prediction: Amboy

Advancement: Winner to Dakota Sectional vs. Aquin winner, 7 p.m. May 22

2A Byron

When: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday

Where: Quarterfinals – German Valley, Oregon; semis, championship – Byron High School

Teams: No. 1 Stillman Valley, No. 2 Byron, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Forreston-Polo, No. 5 West Carroll, No. 6 Stockton

Players to watch: Payton Abbott, Stillman Valley P; Meg Cullor, Forreston-Polo ss; Karissa Dobson, Stillman Valley 3B, Ieshia Larson, West Carroll of; Abby Peterson, Forreston-Polo p; Hope Smith, Oregon c; Allison Thulen, West Carroll p; Bree Tourtillott, Oregon c/if

Outlook: While Stillman, bearing only one blemish in the BNC West, is the favorite, whoever wins the Byron-Oregon matchup will be armed with oodles of confidence. The teams split two one-run games, the Tigers winning 14-13, the Hawks 8-7.

Favorite: Stillman Valley

Dark horse: Oregon

SVM prediction: Stillman Valley

Advancement: Winner to Oregon Sectional vs. North Boone winner, 7 p.m. May 21

2A Bureau Valley

When: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday

Where: Bureau Valley High School

Teams: No. 1 Alleman, No. 2 Morrison, No. 3 Riverdale, No. 4 Bureau Valley, No. 5 Erie-Prophetstown, No. 6 Fulton

Players to watch: Lexi Ferrari, Alleman 2b/3b; Chelsea Eads, Morrison c; Dana Kepner, Bureau
Valley; Sadie Mosher, Riverdale p; Lauren
Pannier, Morrison p/1b; Irini Petros, Bureau Valley p; Mackenzie Sanchez, Alleman ss; Katherine Wayne, Fulton p; Allie Wiersema, Morrison p/2b

Outlook: The competition in the Western Big 6 has the Alleman Pioneers prepared for anything this field will throw at them. However, the Fillies have two pitchers who throw well, and a balanced lineup. The rest of the Three Rivers teams are at least one piece from being a major threat. Mosher will need lots of help to pull multiple upsets.

Favorite: Alleman

Dark horse: Morrison

SVM prediction: Morrison

Advancement: Winner
to Oregon Sectional vs.
St. Bede winner,
4:30 p.m. May 21

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