Hoopeston Area High School teams entered regional competition last week.
The Cornjerkers faced-off against Watseka on the road in their opening regional match.
The Warriors managed to kick things off early on, scoring one runner early on in the game. While the team was making decent contact against Hoopeston Area’s pitcher Cameron Flint, they lacked the ability to put the ball where the defense wasn’t. On the flip-side, Hoopeston was able to make the plays to keep Watseka from adding more runs throughout the rest of the game. Several through balls late in the game from Hoopeston sent two runners across leaving Watseka with little time to pick up the slack and ultimately ending their season.
Hoopeston Area rallied in the sixth inning to defeat Watseka 2-1.
Cameron Flint threw four strike outs of his own, while allowing two walks in five hits in his six innings before being replaced by Graham Eighner in the seventh.
At the plate, Ethan Smith was 2-3 with a double and one RBI. Kamerin Cade was 1-3 while Corey Moore was 1-3 with one double and one RBI.
Hoopeston Area followed this up with a regional match against Olympia May 15.
The Cornjerkers came away with a 3-2 win over Olympia to move onto the regional championship match against Clifton Central.
Hoopeston Area was unable to overcome Clifton Central and lost 12-0.
The Lady Cornjerkers also saw success in the opening regional round with a blowout win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda May 13.
PBL opened the game with a run, but Hoopeston Area answered with a run of their own in the second inning.
PBL pulled ahead again in the fourth inning with three runs, but Hoopeston Area again answered with three of their own in the bottom of the fourth.
Hoopeston Area pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning with six runs and followed this up by adding five more runs in the sixth.
The Lady Cornjerkers won 15-5.
Jaylyn Linder and Maddie Goble had three RBI during the game, while Logan Robinson had two RBI. Audra Funk, Raven Rutherford, Kayla Goble and Payton Small each had one RBI.
Regan Shore pitched a complete game win with two strikeouts, four walks and no earned runs allowed.
Hoopeston Area had a quick turnaround as they faced Bloomington Central Catholic in their next regional game.
The game was a pitcher’s duel as neither team could reach the scoreboard for the majority of the game.
Bloomington finally broke the stalemate with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Hoopeston Area couldn’t pull out a rally and lost 5-0.
Logan Robinson pitched six innings for Hoopeston Area with four strikeouts, three walks and five earned runs allowed.