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Super-Sectional roundup: Hononegah baseball, Orangeville softball punch tickets to state

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — For the 1st time in program history, Hononegah's baseball team is headed to state. The Indians defeated Prospect, 9-7, in the 4-A Schaumburg Super-Sectional to advance to the state semifinals in Joliet Saturday.

Hononegah trailed 3-0 after the top of the 1st inning, but in the bottom half of the inning, Indians' catcher Noah Goddard crushed a 3-run homerun to tie the game at 3 in give Hononegah the momentum. The Indians built up a 9-4 lead in the 5th and held off a late charge from Prospect to clinch the spot at state. Hononegah faces Plainfield East at 10 a.m. Saturday in Joliet.

In 2-A baseball, Winnebago's season came to an end with a 5-2 loss to Timothy Christian. Trailing 1-0 after 5 innings, Winnebago mounted a 2-out rally to take a 2-1 lead in the 6th. But Timothy Christian responded with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to come back and beat the Indians. Winnebago finishes the season with its 1st Sectional championship, ending a great season with a tough loss.

In 1-A baseball, Newark defeated Sterling Newman, 5-3 in 9 innings, in the Rockford Super-Sectional at Rivets Stadium.

In 1-A softball, Orangeville punched a ticket to state for the 1st time in program history. The Lady Broncos defeated Rowva/Williamsfield, 11-4, to advance to the state semifinals. Orangeville got on the board with 3 runs in the 3rd inning and never looked back, punching that ticket to state after falling in Super-Sectionals in 2018 and 2019. Orangeville has a quick turnaround, with a 10 a.m. game Wednesday against Illini Bluffs in Peoria.

In 3-A softball, Sterling defeated Antioch, 2-0, to punch a ticket to state. The Lady Golden Warriors play Thursday at 10 a.m. against Highland.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne joined 13 WREX as the sports director in December of 2011. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved back to Illinois after working several years in North Carolina. For any sports story ideas or tips, you can email

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