Alexa Brown’s two-run single keyed a four-run third-inning uprising and lifted Chatham Glenwood to a 7-3 victory against St. Ignatius Prep in a Class 3A semifinal at the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Friday at Eastside Centre in East Peoria.
Glenwood will take on Manteno, a 14-7 winner against Sterling, in the title game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Ignatius and Sterling will play for third place at 10 a.m.
Brown went 2-for-3, and also scored a pair of runs for the Titans (31-7). Allison Long, Abby Burton, Katie Hudson, and Miranda Esperum also drove in runs.
Brianna Graham (19-5) went the distance, allowing three runs (all earned), six hits and three walks, while striking out three.
Tess Russell accounted for a good portion of the offense for St. Ignatius (28-13). She had a two-run single in the top of the first inning, then added an RBI single in the sixth.
Maura Lynch (19-8) took the loss. She allowed seven runs (two earned), 11 hits and a walk, while striking out two. The Wolfpack committed four errors behind her, leading to five unearned runs.
Sandburg 5, Lincoln-Way East 1: Katie Krzus knocked in four runs with a two-run homer and a pair of singles as the Eagles handled the Griffins in a Class 4A semifinal.
Sarah Herold (11-6) got the win for Sandburg (24-15), allowing one unearned run, four hits and a walk in seven innings. She also struck out six.
Devin Morgan had two of East’s four hits. Nicole Van Gennup (13-4) took the loss for the Griffins (27-11).
Warren 6, Glenbard North 3:
Megan Scott and Sabrina
Trevino each smacked home runs to lift the Blue Devils past the Panthers in the second 4A semifinal.
Jana Wagner (15-3) got the win for Warren (27-9), allowing three runs (two earned), four hits and a walk in seven innings. She struck out five.
Cece Dopart clubbed a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to account for the Glenbard North (30-6) scoring.
Dopart (26-5) was the losing pitcher.