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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • East Peoria-Metamora softball, Part III, set for Saturday

  • The East Peoria and Metamora softball teams will collide Saturday with the Class 3A Metamora Sectional championship at stake.
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  • The East Peoria and Metamora softball teams will collide Saturday with the Class 3A Metamora Sectional championship at stake.
    First pitch is at 11 a.m. on the field behind Metamora Township High School.
    The Raiders have victories in 17 of their last 18 games, while the Redbirds put a 2-12 Mid-Illini Conference season behind them to reel off three straight postseason wins.
    The winner will face either Morris or Manteno at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Normal Super-sectional at Illinois State University's Marian Kneer Stadium.
    East Peoria (31-4) and Metamora (12-23) will meet for the fourth time in the last five years in the softball postseason.
    The Redbirds won in 2010 (10-1 in a regional final) and '13 (1-0 in a sectional semifinal), while the Raiders prevailed in '11 (4-2 in a sectional semifinal).
    East Peoria defeated Limestone, Washington and Geneseo this spring on its path to the sectional final. Metamora has wins over Richwoods, Notre Dame and Bloomington.
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