The St. Charles East softball team goes from underdog Friday to favorite to win Saturday's IHSA Class 4A state championship game.
The Saints (33-5) will face Minooka (22-8) at about 5:30 p.m. today at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria in hopes of winning their first state championship.
Minooka's postseason run included a wild, 15-14 win against Lockport in a sectional semifinal.
The Indians advanced to the championship game thanks largely to a go-ahead, three run home run from Jordyn Larsen in Friday's 6-3, semifinal win against York. Minooka used two pitches in the York win, starter Jackie Lilek and reliever Sara Novak.
“It wasn’t part of the game plan, but with Jackie struggling the move was made,” Minooka coach Mark Brown told the Morris Daily Herald. “After (Novak) warmed up in the second inning, she came in with that look in her eye and said she was ready. I didn’t even hesitate.”
East coach Kelly Horan said she didn't think the Saints would have any trouble refocusing after an emotional, come-from-behind win Friday against Barrington. Olivia Lorenzini's walk-off, two-out, two-strike, two-run double gave the Saints the 3-2 victory.
Tonight marks the second time in three years a St. Charles team has played in the 4A state championship game. St. Charles North was nipped by Moline, 9-8, in the 2011 title game.