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Regional play began for area high school baseball teams yesterday with Cissna Park and Watseka both in action. Unfortunately, both teams saw their seasons come to an end as Cissna Park fell to St Anne 10-2 and Watseka was shutout by Iroquois West 10-0. There are no games of local interest this afternoon, but Hoopeston Area will play their first regional game tomorrow night in Bloomington. The 5th seeded Cornjerkers will take on third seeded Bloomington Central Catholic at 7:30 tomorrow night.

Regional play began for girls softball teams yesterday as well, and Milford got off to a good start with a 7-0 victory over PBL. Kaylee Warren struck out 7 in a complete game 2 hit shutout while Jakki Mowrey went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored 3 runs to pace the Bearcat offense. The 6th seeded Bearcats will now take on second seeded Tolono Unity this afternoon at 4:30 in the regional semifinal in Hoopeston.

There was also one final regular season softball game in the area yesterday as Watseka edged Hoopeston Area 3-2 in Watseka. Taylor Hotaling picked up the victory for Watseka despite walking 10 Cornjerkers on the afternoon. Ariel Reeves and Raven Rutherford each drove in a run to lead the Cornjerker offense.

In Major League Baseball action, the Angels defeated the White Sox 5-3 in Anaheim. Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the White Sox after giving up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 3 in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Jose Abreu led the soutside offense with a 2 run home run in the top of the 4th inning. They will continue that three game series tonight at 9:05 when Derek Holland faces off against JC Ramirez.

The Cubs and Cardinals both had the night off last night but will be back in action tonight. The Cubs will return home to begin a three game series against the Reds tonight at 7:05 at Wrigley Field. John Lackey will take the bump against Bronson Arroyo in that one. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will begin a three game series against the Red Sox tonight at 7:15 at Busch Stadium. Lance Lynn will face off against Eduardo Rodriguez in the first game of that series.

The NBA playoffs continued last night with the Boston Celtics punching their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 115-105 victory over the Wizards in Boston last night. They will move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals beginning Wednesday night in Cleveland. The Western Conference Finals will continue tonight at 8 pm when the Warriors host the Spurs in game 2 of that series. The Warriors hold an early 1 game to none lead in that one.

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