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Illini Bluffs shuts out Trico, advances to fifth straight state title game

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Illini Bluffs sophomore pitcher Cora Ellison and the Tigers celebrate at home plate after Ellison's home run in Friday's Class 1A state semifinal game against Campbell Hill Trico. Francisco Alonzo/Clutch Sports Media

Illini Bluffs softball is dancing on a familiar floor yet again.

Tigers sophomore Cora Ellison belted a home run to center field in the second inning of Friday’s Class 2A state semifinal game against Campbell Hill (Trico) to give the reigning state runner-ups an early lead. She made sure that it was the only run that the Tigers needed, pitching a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 victory. 

With the win, Illini Bluffs pushed its streak of not only reaching state, but advancing to the state title game, to five consecutive years.

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