Lady Indians get past Red Bud, advance to Regional Finals
Chloe Hill struck out ten batters in the Regional Semifinals. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
May 16, 2018
(Chester, Ill.) - Du Quoin will be playing for a softball Regional championship on Saturday after getting past Red Bud in Tuesday's semifinals 5-3 with big RBI hits from Chloe Hess and Katie Smith during a two-run fourth inning that put the Lady Indians out in front to stay.
DHS had a 2-0 lead after the bottom of the third where a Red Bud error, a walk, and a sacrifice fly by Chloe Hill got them on the board. The Lady Musketeers struck back in the top of the fourth with three runs on five hits, but Du Quoin didn't get rattled and would answer in the bottom of the frame.
Avery Waller led off the inning with a base hit, and with one out, Hess doubled in the gap to tie the game at 3-3. With two down, Smith stayed red hot at the plate with a triple to left to put the Lady Indians up a run.
"We dropped (Hess) down to the eight spot in the lineup, and she asked me what she had to do to move up in the lineup. I told her just hit the fastballs when they're down there, and that's exactly what she did," said Du Quoin head coach Jason James. "They came after her, threw her a fastball, she drilled it to right-center, we got a run out of it. I think that was key getting that inning going, getting us up. Katie Smith comes up and hits another triple. I'm proud of that effort."
From that point on, Hill took care of business in the pitching circle. Red Bud put the leadoff hitting on in both the fifth and sixth, but Hill got two strikeouts in both innings to help put out the fire before retiring the side in order in the seventh. She finished the game with three runs allowed on eight hits and no walks while striking out ten.
Smith (1-3, RBI, 3B, BB), Waller (2-3, R), Hess (1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B) and Grace Haney (1-3) had hits for the Lady Indians.
Du Quoin (19-11) advances to Saturday's championship against the Trico Pioneers, currently ranked No. 15 in Class 2A in the latest Illinois Coaches Association poll.
"We know they're a good ball club," James said. "We know (Jade) Kranawetter can flat throw it. We just have to play good defense and try to scratch some runs across."
Photos and Video by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com