Weilbacher leads Columbia softball to sectional title

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The Columbia High School softball team poses with its sectional championship plaque Saturday in Centralia.

It was the Brianna Weilbacher show once again. Fresh off a dominant performance on the mound and at the plate Thursday against Highland in the sectional semifinal, Weilbacher twirled a no-hitter and smacked a solo home run as the Eagles won the Class 3A Centralia Sectional championship against Centralia on Saturday, 1-0.

Weilbacher, who will play for Iowa State University next spring, has thrown multiple no-hitters this season and also leads the team in home runs. She hit her 15th homer of the spring in the sixth inning, which broke a scoreless tie. She is hitting .504 this season.

Rachel Garcia just missed a home run in the second inning, settling instead for a double off the top of the fence.

The Eagles improved to 34-2 on the season, and Weilbacher improved to 29-1 on the mound.

With the win, head coach Rhonda Major’s squad advances to Monday’s Mattoon Supersectional against Chatham Glenwood. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m.

Read the June 11 edition of Monroe County’s award-winning Republic-Times newspaper for a full recap of Saturday’s game as well as the supersectional result.

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