CENTRALIA -- The Marion Junior High School softball team held off Wolf Branch, 6-4, Saturday in the quarterfinals of the SIJHSAA Class L state tournament at Centralia's Rotary Park.
Karris Rhine walked and scored in the first inning to give Marion an early lead, then later tripled and scored in the sixth.
Ava Wong scored a pair of runs and both Jerzy Bittle and Presley Barnett also scored for the Lady Wildcats. Bailey Long had a pair of hits and Camryn Harre was the winning pitcher.
Wolf Branch rallied after its pitcher was struck in the head with a line drive and was taken to the hospital. Lily Mentzer doubled and homered for the Wolverines.
Marion (23-1) now plays Highland in Tuesday's first semifinal game at 1 p.m. back at Rotary Park.
Highland defeated Carmi, 9-6, in extra innings during the quarterfinals, which also saw Hamilton County rout Triad, 14-2, and Murphysboro blow out Millstadt, 15-5.
At the Class M tournament in Pinckneyville, the Creal Springs Adams squad edged Goreville, 14-13, to advance to the semifinals against Smithton on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
And at the Class S tournament in Coulterville, Crab Orchard was a 14-4 winner over Valmeyer and now plays Elverado in the semifinals on Tuesday at 3 p.m.