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Prep softball: Class 1A Dakota Sectional capsule

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:21 a.m. CST

1A Dakota Sectional

When: Wednesday, Saturday

Where: Dakota High School

Teams: Amboy, Hiawatha, Milledgeville, Orangeville

Players to watch: Lauren Akre, Amboy; Cassey Doege, Amboy; Abby Turner, Hiawatha; Emily Bush, Milledgeville; Courtney Swalve, Milledgeville; Sammantha Buss, Orangeville

Outlook: It's hard to bet against Emily Bush and Milledgeville. The Missiles' dominating pitcher took her team to a third-place finish at state a year ago, and they could be headed back. Milledgeville has won three straight regionals and two straight sectionals. Amboy has won three straight regionals and might be the second-best team here. Orangeville has won five regionals in 7 years but is inexperienced. Milledgeville swept Orangeville 3-2, 2-0 in a doubleheader April 8 without Bush, who was injured at the time. Hiawatha won its first regional title since 2008.

Favorite: Milledgeville

Dark horse: Amboy

SVM prediction: Milledgeville

Advancement: Winner to DeKalb Supersectional vs. Midland Sectional winner, 11 a.m. Monday

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