Everyone I've talked to feels the same about the spring sports season. "I can't believe it's already ending!"
With all the rainouts and cancellations it seems like our local teams just got going, but the schedule is closing down on most teams this week.
The IHSA 1A softball and baseball regionals are already underway and the larger schools [3A and 4A] will wind down next week and begin regionals as well.
On the softball class 1A side at the Goreville regional, the host team whipped Meridian 17-0 and will take on Shawnee, which prevailed over the Lady Centurions from Century 7-5 in a nine-inning nail biter.
The Goreville region title game is slated for Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Class 2A saw Harrisburg down Vienna 13-3 at the Harrisburg regional and Eldorado won 3-2 over West Frankfort.
The neighbors will decide the regional Friday.
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On the boys' 1A side, the Century regional got underway Monday as Pope County won 5-0 over Meridian. In the first semi-final game Tuesday at Century, Goreville thrashed Pope County 18-1 and will meet Century, which took a 2-0 decision over a game Egyptian team Tuesday night behind Christian Halvorsen.
Halvorsen threw a six hit shutout and collected two doubles and a single to key the Century offense.
Goreville and Century will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Century to decide the 1A Ullin regional.
Monday at Vienna, Eldorado shut out the host Eagles 3-0 to gain a semifinal slot opposite Harrisburg in the A-J class 2A Regional.
West Frankfort and Anna meet Thursday to determine the other finalist at Anna.