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Lions continue to make history

IESA regional softball: Princeton Logan 2, Peru Parkside 1

The Logan Lady Lions anxiously rush to receive their regional championship trophy after defeating Peru 2-1 Monday at Wenona.
The Logan Lady Lions anxiously rush to receive their regional championship trophy after defeating Peru 2-1 Monday at Wenona.

WENONA — Late in Monday's Fieldcrest 2A IESA regional softball championship, Fall Out Boy's tune, "Centuries," played out over the loud speaker, singing, "You will remember me ... We'll go down in history. Remember me for centuries."

The 2017 Princeton Logan Junior High School softball team will definitely be remembered.

The Lady Lions captured the first regional championship in school history in any sport Monday, defeating Peru Parkside 2-1 in Wenona.

It didn't go as scripted with the top-seeded Lions forced to rally after trailing 1-0 through 4 1/2 innings against a Peru team they had outscored 29-1 in two games the past two weeks. The Lions tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and won it with a walk-off error in the seventh.

"It was a tough game and the girls executed in the last inning to get the win," Logan head coach Joe Bates said.

The win sends the undefeated Lions (17-0) on to Saturday's sectional finals to play host Germantown Hills at 11 a.m. The winner advances to next week's state tournament in Normal Sept. 22-23.

Isa Ibarra, a Logan seventh-grader, made things happen in both scoring frames for the Lions. She reached on a hit by pitch in the fifth inning and scored on a RBI hit by clean-up hitter Mckenzie Hecht to make it 1-1.

Ibarra singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Abby Peterson laid down a sac bunt, twisting out of the way to avoid the batted ball. Peru threw the ball down the line, sending Ibarra to third and Peterson to second.

Peru pitcher Evin Becker got the next two Lions out before Olivia Alter hit a dribbler that both Becker and the Peru shortstop bobbled, allowing Alter to reach safely and send Ibarra home for the winning run, dancing into the arms of her teammates.

Logan had its chances to score early, but Becker wiggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second. Katie Bates, Alter and Taylor Wetsel all singled to load the bases only to have Becker hold them there by retiring the next three batters.

Peru broke through with a two-out rally in the top of the third when Paige Kirkman doubled, took third when the throw to second ricocheted off her helmet and scored on a base hit by Becker.

Bates was the winning pitcher, striking out seven while surrendering six hits and a walk.

Logan 12, Ottawa Shepherd 2: The Lions made quick work of Ottawa in five innings in Saturday's semifinals, scoring three runs in the fifth to evoke the 10-run rule. Ibarra led the Lions with three hits and three runs scored. Peterson and Hecht had two hits with a double and Bates had two hits with four RBIs.

Bates scattered four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.

* Notes: The Logan eighth-grade class now has a 37-game win streak dating back to their third-place victory in the SRC basketball tournament and their 19-0 run as SRC champions in volleyball. ... Germantown Hills beat Metamora 16-1 to claim Monday's regional at Washington. Earlier they beat a Kewanee team (11-9) that Logan has defeated three times this season.

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