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Clippers battle, but fall in extras

Forreston-Polo softball can’t keep up with Stillman Valley

Published: Saturday, May 24, 2014 11:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014 11:53 p.m. CST
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Forreston-Polo's Jess Slater at bat Saturday against Stillman Valley. PHoto by Chris Johnson
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A Stillman Valley runner slides safely for a run on a wild pitch Saturday. Photo by Chris Johnson

The Amboy Clippers took top-seeded Putnam County into extra innings Saturday in the Class 1A Putnam County Regional championship, but Harold Fay’s walk-off single led the Panthers to a 3-2 victory in eight innings in Granville.

Tim Clark pitched well in the loss for the Clippers (7-22), allowing one earned run and five hits while going the distance. He struck out three and walked four. Nate Rinard’s two-run double in the top of the third inning tied the score after Putnam County had taken a 2-0 lead on a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second.

Fay didn’t allow a hit over the final two innings for the win in relief of starter Dan Pavlovich. The two combined for 10 strikeouts and three walks, giving up two earned runs and four hits. Neal Stassell had two singles and stole a base for Putnam County (20-11-1).

Softball

Stillman Valley 10, Forreston-Polo 0, 6 inn.: Olivia Peterson’s base hit was the only one Stillman hurler Payton Abbott allowed in a complete-game shutout in the title game of the 2A Stillman Valley Regional.

Abbott struck out eight and walked one, giving up just Peterson’s second-inning single in six innings. Her offense gave her plenty of support, as Stillman (25-2) scored in five innings, with four frames of at least two runs.

Abby Peterson (12-7) walked five and struck out one in the loss for Forreston-Polo (16-12), which adjusted at the plate to put some pressure on the Stillman defense after five of the first six hitters struck out.

Sterling wins twice at home: The Golden Warriors closed the regular season with an 11-1 win over Galesburg and a 7-3 victory over Metamora in a triangular.

Nadia Trujillo, Shannon Long and Darien Bardoner each had two hits and two RBIs against Galesburg, while Karlie Mellott also drove in two runs. Sterling (25-8) scored in every inning, highlighted by a five-run second.

Mellott added a two-run home run against Metamora, while Long had two more hits and another RBI as the Warriors scored all their runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Lauren Fritz also had an RBI in each game.

Lexy Staples got both wins, striking out seven in each game and allowing 11 hits and four earned runs in 14 innings.

Dixon splits in Freeport: The Duchesses bounced back from a 9-2 loss to LaSalle-Peru to close the regular season with a 7-3 victory over the host Pretzels in a triangular.

Erin Smith fired a three-hitter against Freeport, striking out six and walking three. She also had two hits, as did Ally Cullen, who doubled. Cullen, Beccah Jones, Brooke Bailey, Kari Wolfe and Daytona Geesey all drove in runs for Dixon.

Jones had a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Cavaliers, but took the loss in the circle. Bailey and Allison Newman both doubled against LP.

Saturday’s stars

Karlie Mellott, Sterling, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs in 2 games

Shannon Long, Sterling, 4 hits, 2B, 3 RBIs in 2 games

Beccah Jones, Dixon, HR, 3 RBIs in 2 games

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