Christie Wiersema found the perfect way to calm her nerves. After pitching her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning, Wiersema homered with two outs in the bottom half of the inning to start Morrison on its way to a 3-1 victory against Lisle on Monday in the Illinois Class 2A DeKalb Super-Sectional softball game at Northern Illinois University’s Mary Bell Field. The win sent the Fillies (25-12) to Friday’s 7 p.m. state semifinals against Johnston City at EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Ill. The winner there will move on to Saturday’s championship. Johnston City advanced with a 9-2 win against Trenton Wesclin on Monday. “It feels awesome,” said right fielder Ashley Vegter, who drove in Morrison’s other run. “I can’t explain it, really.” The feeling wasn’t quiet so good in the opening moments of the game that was played mostly in a light rain. Lisle (22-10), which had won its own late-season tournament by beating Morrison 2-0 on Melanie Early’s home run, loaded the bases in the top of the first inning as Early (2-for-4) delivered a single between a pair of walks. Then Wiersema struck out Jackie Todd on a 3-2 pitch, bringing a roar from the Morrison fans in the stands. “I knew my defense would be behind me, so I just went at the batters and did my best,” Wiersema said. “It was really kind of nerve-wracking with the bases loaded, but everything just fell together and we came out the way we wanted to with no runs scored, so that was good. “It definitely relaxed me. I always get nervous before a game, but that definitely relaxed me for the next at-bat when I came up.” If that didn’t do it, her first at-bat did. Lisle pitcher Bekka Houda retired Morrison’s first two batters in the first inning, then Wiersema lofted a high fly down the left-field line that easily cleared the fence and stayed about 10 feet fair for her ninth home run of the year. “I kind of felt like it was going to go foul, but I knew as soon as I heard everybody get up and cheer that it was definitely fair, so that was a huge rush of excitement,” Wiersema said. “(Rounding the bases) it was like all my nervousness washed away. I knew our team is pretty notorious for as soon as somebody gets a hit, everybody else starts following through. So I knew we were going to get more hits. So that was definitely a big help.” True to form, the Fillies added another run in the inning as Kaitlyn Finneran was hit by a pitch, Danielle Stralow singled and Allie Hanson reached on an error to load the bases. Vegter then singled up the middle to make it 2-0. “It felt pretty good to get that RBI,” Vegter said. “I just made sure I cleared my head and did what I had to do.” Once Morrison made it 3-0 in the second inning on a two-out double by Marie Deter and a run-scoring single by Wiersema, the game couldn’t get over soon enough. “It’s just like, ‘We’ve got this many more outs. Let’s stay strong and focused and do what we do best and just get them out,’ ” Wiersema said. Lisle never let Morrison get too comfortable, putting at least one runner on base in every inning. But the Lions couldn’t deliver the key hit as they stranded 11 baserunners. They threatened in the sixth inning with a one-out single and the fourth of five Morrison errors putting two runners on base, but Stralow replaced Wiersema in the pitching circle and struck out Shelby Kretman and Dani Grego to get out of trouble. “Just getting out of that inning is big with runners on,” Stralow said. Lisle pushed a run across in the seventh — Colleen Drennan led off with a single and scored on Mackenzie Buchelt’s two-out double — but after walking a batter, Stralow ended it with a strikeout. Then the celebration was on, and Morrison was planning its third trip to East Peoria in the past four years. “It’s exciting,” Stralow said. “I went freshman year and that was unbelievable, but I didn’t get to play. Now that I’m going to be starting and playing the whole game, it’s going to be really cool.” MORRISON 3, LISLE 1 Lisle 000 000 1 — 1 5 2 Morrison 210 000 x — 3 7 5 Bekka Houda (6 ip, 7 h, 3 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 6 k, 1 hbp) and Colleen Drennan; Christie Wiersema (5 1/3 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 5 k), Danielle Stralow (1 2/3 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 4 k) and Marie Deter, Allie Hanson (6). Multiple hits — Lisle (Melanie Early 2); Morrison (Wiersema 2). 2B — Lisle (Mackenzie Buchelt); Morrison (Deter, Sam Sumption). HR — Morrison (Wiersema). RBIs — Lisle (Buchelt); Morrison (Wiersema 2, Ashley Vegter. Records — Lisle 22-9; Morrison 25-12.