Chatham Glenwood scored six runs in the final two innings Saturday afternoon in East Peoria, rallying to beat Manteno 7-2 in the Class 3A state championship game at EastSide Centre.
Abby Burton’s RBI groundout tied the score at 2, then Alexa Brown’s two-out base hit drove in Sami Long for the go-ahead run.
Glenwood (32-7) got some insurance in the top of the seventh. Parker Bandy drew a two-out walk, then Madi Torry ripped a double to left-center field.
With runners on second and third, Sami Long singled to left to plate both baseunners – her second and third RBIs of the game – then Allison Long ripped a two-run home run to left-center.
Brianna Graham (20-5) got the win, allowing two earned runs and six hits in seven innings. She struck out four and walked one.
WIU recruit Brooke Stulga (36-2) took the loss for Manteno, allowing seven earned runs and seven hits in seven innings. She struck out seven and walked five.
After coming into the state tournament with a 0.70 ERA, Stulga allowed 10 earned runs in two games.
Stulga supplied Manteno (39-2) with a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, singling home Carly Trepanier and Kiley Zajdzinski with one out.
Gurnee Warren 8, Sandburg 4: Warren erased a 3-2 deficit after four innings by scoring six runs in its final three at-bats to claim the 4A state title.
Rachele Belletini and Crystal Pennell drove in two runs each for Warren (28-9), while Shannon McKeon, Megan Scott and Amber Leneau also had RBIs; Leneau’s came on a solo home run in the seventh.
Jana Wagner (16-3) allowed four runs (two earned) and eight hits in seven innings, striking out three without a walk.
Trailing 2-0, Sandburg (24-15) took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single by Kristen Zarate, a run-scoring error, and an RBI squeeze bunt by Cierra Adamus. Brii Soltis added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Emily Griskel (5-4) allowed six runs (three earned) and 10 hits in five innings of relief of starter Sarah Herold, striking out one and walking one. Herold gave up two earned runs and two hits, and also hit two batters.