June's first weekend brought the big school baseball and softball playoffs into the sectional round with local winners advancing to their respective Elite Eight games, as well as wrapping up the 1A and 2A postseasons.
Lutheran completed a 27-6 campaign winning the 2A baseball bronze medal with a 4-3 victory over Murphysboro in the consolation game at Dozer Park in Peoria. The Crusaders bounced back from a heartbreaking semifinal defeat to end their historic season on a winning note.
Sycamore's baseball squad defeated reigning 2A state champion Rockford Christian in the 3A Rochelle sectional championship game by a 4-3 final score on a walkoff base hit from James Marchinkowski, overcoming a 3-0 deficit. The Spartans advance to the 3-A Super-Sectional at Augustana College in Rock Island against Limestone on Monday.
DeKalb softball used a five-run first inning to fuel a 9-6 sectional championship victory at Belvidere North over Barrington in the 4A bracket. The Lady Barbs advance to the Super-Sectional round at Barrington against Zion-Benton on Monday.