By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Illini West softball team was down to its final chance Monday afternoon before it would have faced extra innings.
The Chargers made sure those innings were not needed.
Illini West took advantage of two Quincy Notre Dame errors in the top of the seventh inning to score both of its runs in a 2-0 victory at The Backyard.
Holly McDowell singled with one out in the seventh and moved to second on Madison Schuster's bunt single. A walk to Elyce Trout loaded the bases.
Leah Pence reached on the first error to score McDowell. One out later, Shelbi White walked and Mackenzi Anderson reached on another error to score Schuster.
Schuster silenced QND, striking out 13 batters, walking four and allowing only one hit. She retired the final nine batters.
Schuster also led Illini West (18-4) at the plate, going 3 for 3, while McDowell and Addison Ufkes had two hits apiece.
QND's only hit was a double by Mary Beth Hugenberg. The Lady Raiders (14-4) had one base runner in each of the first four innings.
Ashley Wensing went the distance for QND, striking out three and walking three.
Quincy High School 8, Macomb 7: Paige Owsley had her fourth and final hit of the game in the eighth inning to score the game-winner in Hannah Reller from second base in a non-conference game at home.
Reller had started the inning at second because of the international tiebreaker rule. Owsley finished 4 for 5 while hitting two doubles and scoring two runs.
A three-run fourth inning put the Blue Devils ahead 7-2. Ashley Havermale and Owsley scored on Dani Damon's single and Christine Schlegl followed with a sacrifice fly to score Damon.
Macomb followed by scoring three runs in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Johnna Goudschaal and Havermale had two hits apiece for Quincy (4-11), while Schlegl struck out seven, walked seven and scattered eight hits.
Western 9, Winchester West Central 4: Kaity Murphy singled home the two go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth inning of Western's non-conference win at Winchester, Ill.
Western went on to score three more runs in the inning. Murphy was one of five Wildcats players with two hits in the game.
Western forced extra innings by scoring a run in the top of the seventh.
Rachel Motley struck out 15 batters, walked one, scattered seven hits and allowed only two earned runs. She was 2 for 5 with a double.
Biggsville West Central 8, West Hancock 5: The Titans stranded two runners in the bottom of the seventh inning of their non-conference loss at Hamilton, Ill.
West Hancock scored two runs earlier in the inning when Alexis Dooley and Katie Schafer hit RBI singles. West Central gave itself some breathing room when it scored four runs in the sixth to take an 8-3 lead.
West Hancock took a 3-1 lead after three-run first inning. Haleigh Hammel and Allison Dewald walked to lead off the inning and Hammel scored when Shelby Koehler reached on an error. Dewald scored when Schafer singled and Abbie Dusenberry -- running for Koehler -- scored after Hannah Wollbrink reached on a fielder's choice.
Dooley and Schafer had two hits apiece. Koehler pitched the first five innings before giving way to Dooley.
Central 19, Unity 0: The Lady Panthers piled up 18 hits in en route to a five-inning West Central Conference South Division win at Mendon, Ill.
Chrissy Weaver, Savanna Mixer and Amanda Ihrig had two doubles apiece for Central (5-16, 4-8), with Ihrig also hitting a triple. Weaver went 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Ihrig finished 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Mixer was 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
Abigail Janssen struck out six and tossed a one-hitter to earn the win. Maggie Bowles had Unity's lone hit, which was a double down the left-field line in the fourth inning.
Brown County 13, South Fulton 7: A seven-run second inning helped the Lady Hornets win on the road.
Brown County was led by Megan Winston, who went 4 for 5. Madison Ryssman and Emily Kitchell had three hits apiece for the Lady Hornets. Becca Wegs pitched the first four innings before she was relieved by Kitchell.
Griggsville-Perry 10-6, Liberty 0-4: The Lady Tornadoes swept a WCC South doubleheader at Liberty, Ill.
Griggsville-Perry benefited from a six-run third inning in Game 1, highlighted by a home run by Rachel Smith. McKenzie Vose tossed a one-hitter to earn the win.
In Game 2, Griggsville plated five runs in the first to set the tone. Hannah DeWitt allowed four hits and struck out three to collect the victory.
Lindsey Hobson led the Lady Tornadoes at the plate, going 4 for 7 with a double for the doubleheader. Smith was 3 for 6 with six RBIs.
Ashley Lefringhouse and Shelli Ormond had two hits apiece for the day for Liberty.