EAST PEORIA — Three outs away from a state championship leading by five runs, everything fell apart for the Kaneland softball club.
Lombard Montini (30-9) stunned the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference member with a dozen runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Kaneland 15-8 Saturday at EastSide Centre for the IHSA Class 3A State championship. Montini (30-9) saw its first 12 batters reach in the top of the seventh and sent 17 to the plate in the frame, during which Kaneland (27-10) saw its 8-3 lead completely flipped around.
Alyssa Filkowski had four hits and four RBIs; Lauren Latoria three hits and four runs batted in; and Allyson Dilday in relief earned the pitching win for state champion Lombard Montini. Donatela Sommesi had three hits and scored four runs for Kaneland.
Rock Island 2, Plainfield North 1
Also at EastSide Centre, Rock Island (32-5) scored one run in both the fourth and sixth innings and held on through a seventh-inning Plainfield North (32-6) rally to claim the Class 4A state title.
Ashley Peters (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K) won the pitchers' duel over Plainfield North's Greta Thompson (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K) during a game in which no player on either side managed multiple hits.
Morton 4, St. Ignatius 1
At Route 66 Stadium in Joliet, leadoff man Nick Guerra scored two runs and notched down the save for starter and winning pitcher Logan Peterson (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K) as the Potters claimed the IHSA Class 3A State title despite being outhit 8-3 by St. Igantius (20-12).
Morton (30-6) received RBIs from Peterson, Vinni Massaglia, Kyle Killion and Evan Pfeifer.
Plainfield North 4, Huntley 3
Also at Route 66 Stadium in Joliet, a seventh-inning rally fell one run short for Huntley (33-7), as Plainfield North (29-7-1) claimed the IHSA Class 4A State championship.
Reliever Nicholas Cerrato (4 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief, Even Heine got the final two outs for the save, and Garret Cook, Brady Miller, Calvin Cangilla and Christopher Miller drove in runs for Plainfield North, which scored two in the bottom of the second and never trailed.