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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Softball season winds down

  • A win broke the Metamora varsity softball losing streak. Unfortunately, it was followed by a defeat to Limestone in its final Mid-Illini Conference game for the season.
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  • A win broke the Metamora varsity softball losing streak. Unfortunately, it was followed by a defeat to Limestone in its final Mid-Illini Conference game for the season.
    Washington 4, Metamora 3
    In the first M-I game of the final week of regular action, the Lady Redbirds hosted Washington May 19 but came up short for a 4-3 loss.
    The Panthers put the first run across home in the top of the second but the Metamora answered back in the bottom with its first two runs.
    Megan Hargis and Morgan Skender were on base when Delaney Tjaden had a line-drive double to left field for the two to score.
    Washington responded with its last two runs in the third.
    In the seventh, the Lady Redbirds were able to earn its last run and a tying run was in their grasp but could not pull through.
    Kara Hartnett singled to center to put Tjaden on second. Abby Tucker then sacrificed but was safe after a Limestone error and Tjaden ran home for the run.
    Up next, Mckinzie Marshall grounded to first but a quick toss to home put Hartnett out before the run was scored. 
    The third out came from a strikeout at the 
    plate to finish the game.
    Hartnett led at the plate going 2-for-4. Tjaden went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
    Tjaden was on the mound for seven innings and finished with five strikeouts.
    Metamora 2, IVC 1
    In the second home game of the week against IVC, Metamora broke its 10-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Lady Grey Ghosts.
    Both team’s defense held each other in scoring until the fifth when IVC had its first and only run.
    A wild pitch by Metamora put the IVC runner home for the lead at 1-0.
    In the sixth, Hargis saved the day with a two-run homer to get Abby Barrow home as well for the game-winning runs.
    IVC had a last-chance effort in the top of the seventh but a runner’s interference was called as the tying run was about to cross home.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Redbirds racked up six hits from Tucker, Marshall, Barrow, Hargis, Rachel Litviak and Jodi Daniel.
    Allison Guzman earned the win on the mound with one strikeout in seven innings.
    Limestone 5, Metamora 4
    Against Limestone at home Thursday, Metamora trailed from the start and eventually tied the game but a last ditch effort by the Rockets put Metamora in the red.
    Limestone put the first two runs in the first. 
    The Lady Redbirds came out in the bottom of the half with a single by Hartnett. Two outs were made when Hargis hit a line drive to left field for Hartnett to score their first run.
    A Limestone two-run homer put Metamora back once again in the third.
    With two outs again in the bottom of the third, Hargis was on base from a grounder to the short stop but a double to center by Barrow put her in for the run.
    Metamora had a successful fifth inning with three consecutive hits to start it off.
    Tucker was able to get home after running from third to home on a center fielder error.
    Barrow then knocked one to second and was safe on a fielder’s choice to get Marshall in for a run.
    Metamora was able to hold Limestone until the seventh. The game-winning run went in after a line drive to left.
    Three batters were put out in the bottom of the seventh and could not make the come back.
    Metamora outhit Limestone 8-7. Hargis led at the plate going 3-for-3 with one RBI. Barrow had a hit with two RBI’s. Hartnett, Tucker, Marshall and Ahrens each contributed one hit.
    Tjaden was on the mound and earned two strikeouts but received the loss.
    Metamora will face Richwoods at Notre Dame in its first regional game Wednesday.
     
    Results from the game against Galesburg Saturday were not ready before press deadline. Check the June 4 issue and www.WoodfordTimes.com.
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