Softball regional games involving Lexington and WFC

    A quick look at the final and one might think that lexington was the higher seed. That wasn’t the case Wednesday as the Minutemen took on Tri-Valley in the semifinal round of the Class 2A Central Catholic Regional.
    Lexington was the next-to-last seed in the sub-sectional but overwhelmed fourth-seed Tri-Valley 13-3 to advance to Saturday’s championship game.
    The Minutemen scored in each of the seven innings played and collected 17 base hits. For her part, LHS hurler Maddie Underhill was effectively wild after walking seven and scattering seven base hits. The Ridgeview lefty struck out five.
    Lexington scored three runs in the top of the first inning, staking Underhill to a lead before she threw her first pitch.
    Raelyn Payne doubled to begin the game. She scored when Hannah Hamilton followed with a single. Kaitlyn Little singled with two outs that scored Hamilton and Lily Woith (the courtesy runner for catcher Jayden Standish).
    Standish doubled in the second to drive in Kaleigh Laesch and Payne to make it 5-1. It was a 6-3 game when Sydney Kunkel doubled in two runs in the fourth inning as the Minutemen began pulling away.
    Payne, who really was one to the Vikings, sped around the bases in the fifth inning for an inside-the-park home run. Jocelyn Beoletto also scored on the hit.
    Standish homered over the fence in the seventh and Payne was along for the ride as the margin grew to 10 runs.
    Payne homered, doubled twice and singled, drove in two runs and scored four times to lead the Minutemen. Standish also had four hits, including a homer and double, and drove in four runs. Little had two hits and two RBIs while Hamilton and Dani Palmer collected two hits and a run batted in apiece. Kunkel doubled and drove in two runs with Laesch and Beoletto each recording one hit.
    Lexington will take on host Central Catholic in the title game Saturday.
Herscher Regional
    HERSCHER — Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell put an exclamation point on its 16-1 win over Momence in the semifinal round of the Class 2A Herscher Regional Wednesday by scoring eight runs in its final at bat.
    The game was called after four innings. The Warriors will next face host Herscher for the championship Saturday.
    Shea Moritz allowed three hits, an unearned run and struck out three in her brief four-inning effort.
    WFC only had six base hits but drew 12 walks and benefitted from four Momence errors.
    Elise Kane, who reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the first inning, scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. WFC added four runs in the second inning with Aubrey Jenkins delivering a two-run triple.
    The Warriors added three runs in the third for an 8-1 lead. The came the final at bat for WFC in the fourth inning.
    It started with four consecutive walks and ended with a single, two errors and another single. Eight runs scored to make it a 15-run difference and bring the game to an end.
    Kane had two hits and drove in a run for the Warriors. Jenkins tripled and drove in four runs while Moritz helped her cause with a hit and four RBIs. Emily Friese had a hit and two RBIs, Morgan Schwahn had a hit and RBI and Kylie Kindermann and Abby Essman each had a run batted in.