Tuesday update: Cavies fall in sectional after missed
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QUINCY – Carlinville’s girls soccer team had its chances, especially late in the first half, Tuesday evening in the Quincy Notre Dame Class 1A Sectional soccer tournament against Pleasant Plains.
However, the Cavaliers could not get a goal through the net, while Plains executed one goal in the first half and it stood up in a 1-0 Cardinals victory.
Pleasant Plains advances to Friday’s sectional final against host Quincy Notre Dame, which got the 500th win in head coach Mark Longo’s career earlier in the evening by beating Litchfield 10-0.
For the Cavies, they’ll be looking back at a sequence of events late in the first half as a missed opportunity.
Plains controlled possession for most of the first half on the Cavies’ defensive side of the field. They hit the crossbar and the goal post on two separate occasions early in the contest.
With 17:20 left in the first half, the Cardinals got the only goal of the game when Brooklyn Blackwell tapped in a shot in front of the Carlinville goal, off a nice feed from Ali Fraase.
Carlinville had a late surge late in the first half in an attempt to tie the game. A goal was disallowed by an offsides call, but even so, momentum was in the Cavies favor.
With 3:04 left in the first half, Skyler Nickel shot one in close to the net. The initial shot was knocked down by goaltender Madilyn Fornoff. The rebound had a wide open look at the tying goal, but the shot was knocked off the crossbar and sailed away. The Cavies were that close to tying the game.
It remained 1-0 into the half.
Neither team scored in the second half. Sarah DeNeve made nine of 10 saves for Carlinville, which finished a regional-championship season at 15-5-2. Fornoff made seven saves for Plains, which held a 10-7 edge in shots.
The Cavies had three fouls to one for Plains, and Plains had 10 corner kicks to two for Carlinville.
Gillespie 3, Carlinville 0
GILLESPIE – The Carlinville softball team held Gillespie down offensively, but couldn’t garner up enough offense in a Tuesday afternoon regional loss to the host Miners.
Addison Bryant threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 12 Carlinville hitters in the process. Emma Griffith had a one-out single in the fifth inning for the only Cavies hit of the game.
Gillespie (22-6) took a 1-0 lead in the first, as Rylee Jarman singled, stole second, went to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch.
It stayed 1-0 into the sixth inning, when the Miners got a pair of runs to extend the lead.
Jarman singled with one out, and stole second. Mackenzie Kasarda singled on the infield to drive in a run. An error plated Kasarda for a 3-0 lead.
Bryant retired the final eight hitters she faced, and with a strikeout, eliminated the Cavaliers from postseason competition.
Alyssa DeSpain pitched well for Carlinville, allowing two earned runs on five hits, with five strikeouts, but was out dueled by Bryant.
Jarman had two hits and two runs scored for Gillespie, which will play at 11 a.m. Saturday in the regional championship against either Litchfield or Hillsboro.
Carlinville finished the season with a 7-13 record.
EAWR 2, Southwestern 1
DUPO – East Alton-Wood River ended Southwestern’s softball season Tuesday by winning a tightly contested affair at the Dupo Regional.
The Birds, finishing 12-11, took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Mallory Novack singled home Mayci Wilderman.
The Oilers countered with a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth to take the lead, and held on to win it by a 2-1 score.
Novack had two hits for the Lady Birds with the RBI.
Bailee Nixon struck out six and walked one, allowing shix hits and one earned runs over seven innings for the Southwestern squad.
Other area softball regional action in Class 1A, Greenfield/Northwestern lost 11-0 to Carrollton at the West Central Regional, and Bunker Hill lost 8-0 to Hardin Calhoun at the North Greene Regional.