Herald Staff Report

Illinois regional baseball in Class 1A and Class 2A begins today at sites across the state.

Fulton is the only area team that plays today. The Steamers, seeded sixth, travel to Hanover, Ill., to play third seed River Ridge at 4:30 p.m in the 1A Galena Regional. The winner will play second-seeded Warren at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Galena, Ill.

West Carroll and Morrison both host Class 2A regionals this week.

Top seed Milledgeville/Polo will play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Carroll Regional, taking on the winner of today’s Winnebago at Durand game. West Carroll, the No. 2 seed, plays host to Forreston at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The championship game is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Morrison opens play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday with a home game against the winner of today’s Sterling Newman vs. Riverdale game. Prophetstown/Erie, the third seed, takes on No. 2 seed Rock Falls at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the other semifinal game. The Morrison Regional championship is scheduled for noon Saturday.

West Carroll falls to Orangeville

ORANGEVILLE, Ill. — West Carroll closed the regular season with a 9-4 loss to Orangeville on Saturday.

“This was a good game for us going into regionals,” West Carroll coach Bryan Kamper said. “Orangeville is a very good team. We gave up five unearned runs in the fist inning, then played with them for six (innings). If our ‘D’ came through in the first inning, the outcome may have been different.”

The Thunder finished the regular season with a 7-16-1 record, 5-8-1 in the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference.

Scoring by innings

West Carroll 100 100 2 — 4 8 3

Orangeville 511 002 x — 9 12 2

WP — Zimmerman. LP — Adam Ferguson (1-5). Two or more hits — West Carroll (Joey Sullivan 2, Ferguson 2, Joe Dykstra 2). 2B — West Carroll (Sullivan, Justin Ferguson, Dykstra).

Milledgeville/Polo wins

DURAND, Ill. — Milledgeville/Polo scored more than one run in each of the first four innings as it closed the regular season with an 18-2 win against Durand on Saturday in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference baseball.

Matt VanOoston went 4-for-4, hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs to lead Milledgeville/Polo (17-2, 11-2 conference).

Scoring by innings

M’ville/Polo 254 70 — 18 14 1

Durand 000 20 — 2 5 1

Ryan Kram, Trent Gebhardt (4), Luke Miller (5) and Gebhardt. Berry, Mike Johnson (4) and Benter. Two or more hits — Milledgeville/Polo (Matt VanOoston 4, Matt Scholl 2, Peters, 2, Kram 2); Durand (Hunt 2). 2B — Milledgeville/Polo (VanOoston). HR — Milledgeville/Polo (VanOoston, Luke Miller). RBIs — Milledgeville/Polo (VanOoston 7, Scholl 3, Miller 3, Kra,m 2. Greg Fredericks, Buck; Durand (Sweet, Wolf).

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