Rain Pushes Lady Toppers To Thursday

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Wet weather yielded the softball field at Litchfield High School unplayable on Tuesday, May 21, which meant that everything was pushed back a day at the IHSA Class 2A Litchfield Sectional.

Instead of Tuesday, the opening tilt between Southwestern and Williamsville was moved to Wednesday, May 22, with the Piasa Birds defeating the Bullets 2-0 to advance to Saturday's sectional championship.

Their opponent will be determined on Thursday, May 23, when Hillsboro takes on Pleasant Plains, with first pitch at 4:30 p.m. The Cardinals are 15-14 on the season, but gutted out a 1-0 win over Tri-City in the Riverton Regional championship game, a team that had beaten them 7-0 earlier in the season.

Hillsboro is looking for their first sectional victory since 2006, when they beat Nokomis (3-0) and Pawnee (5-0) to win the Tuscola Sectional in the previous two class system. The Lady Hiltoppers eventually fell to in the super-sectional to Casey-Westfield, who went on to finish second at the state tournament.

Saturday's regional championship game will start at 11 a.m. in Litchfield, with the winner moving on to play on Monday, May 27, at the Athens Super-Sectional against the winner of the Stanford Olympia Sectional between Tolono Unity and the host school.

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