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2019 IHSA 1A - Journeys to the State Semifinals

In the Class 1A IHSA State Playoffs, the four State Semifinal teams St. Bede, Illini Bluffs, Calhoun, and Goreville are set to play Friday.

Take a look at the schools' postseason paths to the State Semifinal.

St. Bede

St. Bede has had a successful season as they are 20-9 overall and went 8-4 in Three Rivers Conference play during the regular season.

The Lady Bruins took on Serena in the first round of Regional play. In the Regional Championship, St. Bede defeated Earlville 3-0.

In the Sectional Semifinal game, the Lady Bruins played the Newark Norsemen and advanced with a 10-3 win.

St. Bede would then play Marquette in the Sectional Championship game. The Lady Bruins made easy work winning 7-1 to take home the Sectional Championship.

The Lady Bruins would take on Villa Grove in the Super-Sectional round.

St. Bede would score the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. With two outs in the inning, Gianna Elias singled, and she would then be driven in from a double to center off the bat of Hayley Short.

St. Bede would strike again in the fifth inning, as Charliegh Holmes started the inning off with a double. Holmes advanced on a sac bunt from Maggie Sons. The Lady Bruins would then have runners at the corners after a single from Claire Morrow. A batter later, Gianna Elias singled to center and making the score 2-0. The Lady Bruins would add on two more runs from a double to left off the bat of Ellen Nowakowski.

In the bottom of the sixth, St. Bede would score their final run to take the 5-0 victory. The inning started with a single from Ryann Stoudt, and she was later driven in on a Maggie Sons' triple to right.

The Lady Bruins had an outstanding performance on the mound from Abbie May. As she went seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out 11.

Illini Bluffs

Illini Bluffs had to wait until Wednesday night to play in their Super-Sectional game. The Tigers are now sitting at 22-5 overall as they have had a terrific 2019 season.

The Tigers defeated United in the first round of the 1A playoff and then beat West Central 8-0 in the Regional Final.

Illini Bluffs then took on Princeville in the Sectional Semifinal and won with a score of 7-1. In the Sectional Championship, the Tigers defeated Lewistown 6-3.

In the Super-Sectional game played last night, Illini Bluffs took on Orangeville.

The Tigers would take an early lead in this tightly contested battle. In the bottom of the first, Illini Bluffs was able to take advantage of some errors and manufacture three runs. The inning was highlight by the lone hit off the bat of Addie Welsh.

In the first, Hanna Hicks reached base safely to start the inning, and she would later come around to score on Welsh's single. Welsh would later score after stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Kristen Graham would then make the score 3-0 with an RBI groundout.

Orangeville would settle themselves down as they made it a one-run game in the third. Tessa Janecke got things going for the Broncos as she connected for a triple. Orangeville's first run would come as Tori Plowman laid down a successful squeeze bunt to score Janecke. The Broncos would add another run in the inning off an RBI single from Payton Meier.

The Broncos were not able to overcome the first inning as they fell 4-2.

Calhoun

The Warriors have had quite the successful 2019 campaign as they are 30-4 overall and went 9-0 in Western Illinois Valley Conference play.

Calhoun defeated Bunker Hill 8-0 in the first round of Regional play and then took home the Regional Championship after a 5-1 victory of Winchester.

In the Sectional Semifinal, the Warriors beat Seymour with a score of 7-0. Calhoun would then take home the Sectional crown as they defeated Routt 11-0.

The Warriors then took on Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg in the Super-Sectional round.

This tightly contested pitchers dual saw only one hit a piece from both sides. As Calhoun's Sydney Baalman went seven innings, allowing one hit and striking out 14. While Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg's Megan Schlechte and Calla Roney combined for seven innings, allowing one hit and striking out nine.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the first for Calhoun. Lucy Kallai singled to start the inning, and she was able to advance to third on two wild pitches. She would then score on a RBI groundout off the bat of Sydney Baalman.

Goreville

The Goreville Blackcats are continuing the success they have had all season as they are 28-9 and went 6-0 in Black Diamond West Conference play.

Goreville won their Regional after first defeating Meridian 17-0 and then Shawnee 15-0.

In the Sectional Semifinal, the Blackcats beat Steeleville 11-2 and then took on Elverado in the Sectional Championship. They won with a score of 14-0 to advance to the Super-Sectionals.

Goreville played Marissa/Coulterville in the Super-Sectional round.

The Blackcats would get on the board in the top of the first, as a Lexi King double to center started the inning. Kelsey Ray would follow up with a single to put runners on the corners. King would then score as the ball got away from the catcher.

Goreville would add on two more runs in the third. Adrianna Licka led things off with a single, a Payton Sopczak RBI triple to center followed. Sopczak would then score on a sac fly off the bat of Lexi King, making the score 3-0.

In the sixth inning, the Blackcats would erupt to put four on the board. A single from Chloe Wolaver, a walk to Kyleigh Massey, and another single from Adrianna Licka loaded the bases. Lexi King singled to bring home two, and she was followed by a double from Kelsey Ray to make the score 7-1.

Goreville would add on one more run in the top of the seventh, as Cheyenne Walker led things off with a single to center and she was later driven in by Adrianna Licka.

The Blackcats pitchers Lexi King and Kelsey Ray combined for seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight.