The area will be well represented in softball semistates come Saturday.
The trio of Penn, Fairfield and Mishawaka Marian all claimed regional championships with wins Tuesday night on their respective home fields.
No. 2 Penn rode another dominating performance by premier pitcher Danielle Watson to a 10-0 win over Elkhart Memorial in six innings in a Class 4-A regional contest.
Watson, a junior and Louisville recruit, fired a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts as coach Beth Zachary’s program won its third straight regional crown. Watson also had an RBI single in the sixth frame to end the contest.
The Kingsmen scored three runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Emma Ledbetter, and finished the win with five tallies in the sixth frame.
Watson had 15 strikeouts and three walks in the contest in pitching her 10th no-hitter. She also had three hits to lead the 10-hit attack for the champions. Addison Pixley had two hits and two RBI for the Kingsmen.
Memorial, which won three games to win the Warsaw Sectional, finishes at 12-16. The Crimson Chargers started the season 0-6.
Penn, now 24-3, advances to play Zionsville (23-8) on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Lafayette Harrison Semistate.
Fairfield used some late game heroics to edge No. 16 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 3-2 in a Class 3-A regional contest in Benton.
The No. 9 Falcons, who trailed 2-0, scored all three of their runs in the home half of the sixth inning to win the program’s second regional crown. D.J. Martz smacked an RBI double to make it 2-1 and Jalisa Schwartz then tied it with an RBI double of her own. Samantha Shank proved to be the hero with an RBI single for the game winner.
Fairfield ace Lairen Miller twirled a three-hit gem with nine strikeouts in the circle. The Falcons had five hits in the win.
Coach John Skibbe’s Fairfield squad, which topped Wawasee 1-0 in the title game of the Fairfield Sectional last week, also beat Dwenger three years ago to win the regional championship.
The Falcons, who have six seniors, advance to play Kankakee Valley Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Twin Lakes Semistate. Fairfield improves to 24-7, while Kankakee Valley is 27-4.
Marian squeezed past Western 2-0 to win a Class 3-A regional title.
The Knights managed just two hits, but were able to push across a pair of runs for the victory.
Brooke Stoltz fired a five-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead coach George Grenert’s team to the win. Megan Riba and Meghan Urbanski each scored a run for the Knights.
Marian (22-7) will face Hamilton Heights Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Twin Lakes Regional.
Western finishes its season at 22-6.