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Panthers go to state

Putnam County’s ball teams won two sectional championships Saturday and added a super-sectional crown Monday.

The PC baseball team, which beat Hanover River Ridge 6-4 at the Lisle Supersectional on Monday, advances to Friday’s IHSA 1A State Tournament in Peoria. The PC softball team fell to Milledgeville 4-1 in Monday’s DeKalb Supersectional.

Class 1A baseball: Harold Fay threw a complete game, one-hit shutout, leading Putnam County to a 5-0 win over Grant Park in the sectionas finals at Hennepin Saturday. The senior right-hander retired 20 straight after surrendering a single to the game’s first batter. He struck out four batters and walked none.

Xavier Warren and Jack Egan tripled and Cody Ballerini doubled.

On Monday, the Panthers topped Hanover River Ridge to claim the Lisle Super-Sectional at Illinois Benedictine University. Fay pitched 4.1 innings in relief of starter Cody Ballerini to earn the victory.

The Panthers strung four straight hits to take a 2-1 in the first inning and added three more runs in the second to go up 5-1. Senior DH Austin Pletsch homered in the fifth.

It was the Panthers' first away game of the postseason after hosting both the regional and sectionals.

The Panthers (23-11) advance to the IHSA 1A finals at Peoria, facing the Champaign super-sectional winner at 10 a.m. Friday at Dozer Stadium.

Class 1A softball: Putnam County bombed Newark 10-0 to capture its first sectional championship at Varna on Saturday. Carly Gonet led PC with a 3-4 day at the plate, including a two-run single in the first inning. Lauren Colby added a two-run double and Taylor Pettit had a triple and a RBI.

At Monday’s super-sectional at DeKalb, the Lady Panthers fell to three-time sectional champion Milledgeville 4-1. Gonet had a RBI double in the fourth inning to draw PC within 2-1.

The Lady Panthers end the season at 21-7.

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