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Chillicothe Blue Devils win 18U state title

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 4:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 4:49 p.m. CDT
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(BCR photo/Becky Kramer)
Spring Valley’s Rayme Loehr fouls off a pitch in Saturday’s District 20 Little League Tournament play in Mendota. Spring Valley defeated Oglesby 14-0, but fell to Peru 5-4 in Sunday’s title game.
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(BCR photo/Becky Kramer)
Gianna Elias races out of the box as the ball trickles down the first base foul line at Mendota in District 20 Little League Softball Tournament play vs. Oglesby. Spring Valley advanced to the championship game with a 14-0 win, but fell to Peru 5-4.

Four local players took part in the Chillicothe Blue Devils run for a state championship.

The Blue Devils won the National Softball Association 18 & under A state championship over the weekend in East Peoria. Local girls that played were Madison Menzel and Abby Jaques of Princeton, Ashley Phillips of Bureau Valley and Monica Monroe of Putnam County,

The Blue Devils went 6-0 with wins against Mattoon Pride, Downers Grove Outlaws, Central Il Diamonds, Elk Grove Heat, and the Metamora Flames. They also defeated the Metamora Flames in the championship game.

With the state championship, the Blue Devils received a berth to the 18U world series in Chattanooga, Tenn. the first week of August.

• District 20 softball: Spring Valley came back through the loser’s bracket to reach the finals of the District 20 Little League championship, only to fall victim of a walk-off hit. Amy Ernat stroked a two-run, walk-off single to lift Peru to a 5-4 win over Spring Valley.

Spring Valley also lost to Peru on Friday, but blanked Oglesby 14-0 Saturday to reach the title tilt.

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