East Peoria defeats Potter softball team

Bryan Veginski

Washington rallied to overturn an early Morton lead in a May 7 Mid-Illini Conference softball matchup.

The Lady Panthers scored two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth to down the host Potters, 5-3.

The victory was the eighth in a row for the road team in their regular-season rivalry.

Nikki Eigsti, who doubled, and Chandler Ryan had two hits apiece for Morton.

Jessica Siggers gave the Potters a 3-1 advantage with a two-run home run to right-center field in the bottom of the second inning.

Nicole Koch gave up five earned runs on eight hits in a complete-game loss. She struck out a dozen with no walks.

Washington scored twice with two outs in the pivotal sixth inning.

Morton stranded baserunners in each of the last four innings.

The matchup featured the teams ranked No. 8 (Morton) and No. 13 (Washington) in the newest Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A softball state poll.

East Peoria 3, MHS 0

The Raiders clinched a share of the Mid-Illini championship Friday.

Morton fell into a third-place conference tie with Washington at 7-4 after mustering only two hits off East Peoria’s Sarah Finck.

All of the runs for the guest Raiders came in the first two innings. They had seven hits off Koch.

The Potter hurler allowed two earned runs and one walk, to go along with three strikeouts, in a complete game.

Koch and Ryan singled for Morton in a game made up from an April 23 postponement.

MHS 14-6 Richwoods 3-5

The Potters earned a doubleheader sweep Saturday on their Senior Day.

Morton (20-6) reached the 20-victory benchmark for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Game one went only five innings with Koch notching the win with 5 Ks and no walks.

Casey Brunton lashed a two-run home run during a 2-for-3, three-RBI day. Kelsi Dahms also had three hits and knocked in three runs.

Nikki Eigsti and Koch added two hits. Eigsti doubled and drove in a pair of runs, and Koch chipped in an RBI.

Ryan, Jocelyn Nimmo, Delainey Ryan and Siggers all had RBI as well.

The Potters scored at least four times in three different innings.

Morton trailed 4-0 before rallying past Richwoods in the second game.

Ryan was 3-for-3, all for extra bases, while Koch also provided three hits.

Taylor Namanny had two RBI, including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dahms, Brunton and Peyton Silverthorn knocked in one.

Dahms nabbed the pitching victory with six strikeouts and one walk going the distance. She was reached for seven hits.

Still in top 10: The Potters dropped only one spot to No. 9 in Monday’s ICA state poll.

Postseason: Morton is a No. 2 seed in its own 3A regional.

The Potters will meet third-seeded Canton at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals.

No. 1 seed East Peoria will get the Limestone-Manual winner in the other semifinal Tuesday.

The regional title game will be at 11 a.m. May 25.