The La Salle-Peru baseball and softball teams are regional champions once more.
After both teams won regional titles last season, both L-P squads won their respective Class 3A regional titles Saturday morning.
The Lady Cavaliers softball team won the Class 3A Streator Regional after No. 1-seeded L-P beat Ottawa 3-2 on a walk-off base hit.
The baseball team needed to go extra innings but the No. 3-seeded Cavaliers bested No. 1 Morris 4-3 in nine innings.
L-P 3, Ottawa 2
Whitney Lippert’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning knocked in the game-winning run as L-P rallied for the win.
The regional title was the third straight for the Lady Cavaliers.
Lippert finished the game 1-for-2 with two RBI, while Katy Gealow added a hit and an RBI for L-P (21-9), which advances to the Class 3A Coal City Sectional at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Peotone, which beat Manteno 5-2 in Saturday’s Manteno Regional championship.
Brittany Zawacki earned the win for L-P, going seven innings and allowing two runs on eight hits. She walked two and struck out three.
Chrissy Pond was 2-for-4 with a double for Ottawa(11-11), and Jaleesa Kindred and Lindsey Greene also each added a single and an RBI.
Kindred took the loss for the Lady Pirates, allowing one unearned run on three hits. She struck out one in 2 1/3 innings of work.
L-P 4, Morris 3 (9 inn.)
Noah Lamboley hit the go-ahead two-out single in the top of the ninth and relief pitcher Austin Smith threw a perfect bottom of the ninth as the Cavaliers won their second straight regional.
L-P took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh and were an out from winning when Morris’s Grant Davis drove in the game-tying run to send the game into extra innings.
With the win, the Cavaliers (23-6) advance to the Class 3A Washington Sectional where they will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Peoria Notre Dame, which beat top-seeded Limestone 4-0 Saturday in a rain-shortened six-inning Canton Regional final.
In Saturday’s victory, Smith earned the win as he threw two innings of scoreless relief.
Starting pitcher Kyle Jenkins had two hits and drove in a pair, while center fielder and lead-off hitter Bret Storm scored twice, including the go-ahead run.
For complete stories on both L-P softball and baseball, check out Tuesday's print or online edition of the NewsTribune.