Mac Armstrong went the distance for the Clinton Lady Maroons and shut out Springfield High School 4-0 in a Regional semifinal matchup at the Rochester High School in the Class 3A softball postseason.
Armstrong set down the first 11 batters she faced before a two-out single gave the Lady Senators their first hit of the day.
Springfield would muster just five more base runners the rest of the game and Armstrong did not allow a runner to reach third base. She struck out three, walked one and allowed three total hits.
The Lady Maroons were led offensively by Elly Maier who logged the game's only extra-base hit with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Winds were consistently blowing to right field and center field throughout the game but no one could muscle anything more than bloop base hits or ground balls through the infield. Polen finished 2-for-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI.
Camdyn Alsup finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Savannah Clifton finished 2-for-4 with a run driven in. Amanda Tool also drove in a run for the Lady Maroons.
Clinton will take on Rochester at Rochester High School Friday afternoon for a Regional title. The Rockets shut out Clinton in a Regional semifinal game last year at Mahomet-Seymour and knocked the Lady Maroons out of the postseason in 2017 with an 11-3 in a Regional title game at Clinton High School. The Lady Maroons lost in a Regional final in 2016 to Effingham, 1-0.
Friday's matchup is the third Regional championship game appearance in four seasons for Clinton.
Game time is 4:30 pm from Rochester. Hear the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Class 3A Regional semifinal softball scores from Wednesday....
East Peoria 3
Illinois Valley Central 6
Peoria Notre Dame 5
Chatham Glenwood 13
Decatur MacArthur 0
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 10
Class 4A Regoinal semifinal softball scores from Wednesday....
Normal Community 1
Class 1A Sectional semifinal softball scores from Wednesday....
At Champaign St. Thomas More
Villa Grove 3
Class 2A Sectional semifinal softball scores from Wednesday....
Quincy Notre Dame 2
Breese Mater Dei 5
St. Joseph-Ogden 2
Class 3A Regional semifinal action today....
Illinois Valley Central
>>Class 1A boys baseball sectional semifinal action
At Illinois Wesleyan
Ottawa Marquette 2
Woodhull AlWood 0
Class 2A boys baseball Sectional semifinal action from Wednesday
At Bloomington Central Catholic
Bloomington Central Catholic 8
St. Joseph-Ogden 16
Clifton Central 3
Class 3A boys baseball Regional semifinal action from Wednesday....
Normal U-High 11
At Illinois Valley Central
Illinois Valley Central 0
Peoria Notre Dame 7
Dunlap 11 F-5
Champaign Central 15
Mt. Zion 1
East Peoria 2
Champaign Centennial 2
At Quincy Notre Dame
Quincy Notre Dame 10
Springfield Lanphier 0
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 5 @ University of Illinois Springfield
Springfield Southeast 2
Class 4A boys baseball regional semifinal action from Wednesday....
Normal Community 4
Rock Island 2
At Normal West
Normal West 8
Class 3A boys baseball regional semifinal action today.....
Chatham Glenwood 4:30pm