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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Lady Redbirds finish fighting

  • After a 10-win regular season, the Metamora varsity softball team was able to work its way up to a sectional title game.

    A loss to East Peoria Saturday at the Metamora sectional ended the season for the Lady Redbirds but the post-season run was a sign of development when it was needed.
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  • After a 10-win regular season, the Metamora varsity softball team was able to work its way up to a sectional title game. 
    A loss to East Peoria Saturday at the Metamora sectional ended the season for the Lady Redbirds but the post-season run was a sign of development when it was needed.
    Metamora 2, Bloomington 1
    Good base running and seven strikeouts from Delaney Tjaden opened the doors for the Lady Redbirds 2-1 sectional semifinal victory over Bloomington (25-8) June 3.
    The Purple Raiders had a scoring opportunity in the first but couldn’t make the play against a quick toss by Tjaden to catcher Kara Hartnett for the putout at the plate.
    It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when Metamora put its first run in.
    Chloe Harman opened the inning with a ground single to center. She reached second on a passed ball and then advanced to third from Abby Tucker’s groundout to second.
    With Megan Hargis at the plate, a wild pitch went by with a 1-1 count to put Harman home for the run and a 1-0 lead.
    Bloomington posted its game-tying run in the fifth. The Purple Raiders had a runner on second and first when a ground double to center was able to put one run in.
    In the top of the sixth, Bloomington’s third at bat tripled to center with two outs but was stranded after another Tjaden strikeout.
    In the bottom of the half, Hartnett and Tucker opened up with two hits to get on base.
    Hartnett advanced to third and Tucker to second on a passed ball to set up for the game-winning run.
    Abby Barrow was swinging when a wild pitch allowed Hartnett to score.
    Bloomington was shutdown with 3-up-3-down in its last chance to score in the seventh from a Tjaden strikeout, ground out to Hartnett behind the plate and a fly out to Hargis at shortstop to close the game.
    Metamora was outhit 6-2 by the Purple Raiders but still came out on top.
    East Peoria 4, Metamora 2
    The Lady Redbirds may have got the jump on East Peoria for the sectional championship but came up short when two Raider runs were scored in the seventh for the win.
    Page 2 of 2 - Metamora put in the first run when Hargis 
    had an RBI off Hartnett crossing the plate in the bottom of the first.
    The lead was short lived when East Peoria’s Remi Ferguson homered over the left-field fence to tie the game.
    East Peoria broke the tie with another solo home run to left field by Ashley Emert with a 2-1 count.
    In the fifth, Litviak and Hartnett both had singles to get on base. With Marshall batting fourth, a single to center was enough to put Litviak in for a run to tie.
    Two strikeouts later and a Metamora runner out at home closed the inning before a leading run could be put in.
    The Lady Redbirds had another scoring opportunity in the sixth with runners on the corners but could not make the play.
    The game-winning runs were secured by the Raiders when back-to-back RBIs to the outfield made it a 4-2 game in the seventh.
    Tjaden was on the mound and received the loss with one strikeout.
    Hartnett led at the plate going 2-for-3.

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