Moline scored all nine of its runs in the first two innings on Saturday, and it would be all the Maroons would need as they defeated St. Charles North 9-8 in the Class 4A state softball championship in East Peoria, Ill.
Moline’s Brittny Drish hit a home run, scored two runs and had four RBIs to lead the way. Jordan de los Reyes (two runs, two RBIs) and Jenna Winthurst (two RBIs) contributed for Moline (28-8-1).
St. Charles North (32-4) rallied to pull within one run in the fourth inning, but was held scoreless the last three innings. The North Stars were led by Taylor Russell (4 for 4, three runs, five RBIs) and Ashley Seering (4 for 4, one run, one RBI).
Moline pitcher Jordan Kasbohm (26-5) allowed 15 hits and seven earned runs in seven innings for the win.
In the Class 3A title game, Marengo’s Taylor Carlson drove in Larissa Pfeiffer with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Indians a 1-0 win over LaSalle-Peru.
Pfeiffer had two of Marengo’s five hits and led the seventh inning off with a single.
Marengo pitcher Chloe Montgomery held La-Salle Peru to four hits and no runs in seven innings for the win. She also walked none and struck out one.
La-Salle Peru pitcher Ally Smith gave up five hits and one run. Taylor Schmidt had two hits for La-Salle Peru.