The Van Buren varsity softball team started Class 2A regional competition with a 4-3 win at Highland Wednesday night. Lexi Jirak led the 7 hit offense going 3 of 4 including a grand slam homer. Selena Sayre was 2 of 3 and threw a runner out at the plate from center field.
Chesley Huff pitched all 7 innings, had one strikeout and allowed 6 hits. The 15 and 11 Warriors advance to the semifinal round. They will host 18 and 13 Pekin Friday night at 7. The game was originally scheduled at Wilton.