Zack Carpenter

Zack Carpenter

Bad start sets tone

RANTOUL — Wednesday's opening game of the American Legion state baseball tournament did not start out gracefully for Rantoul.

Eagles' academic work recognized once again

RANTOUL — For the second year in a row, the Rantoul baseball program was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association's Team Academic Excellence Award.

Eagles' surprising season ends in regional final

RANTOUL — This season did not go exactly as Travis Flesner had planned. It went even better.

Juggling a roster loaded with youth, including five freshman starters, and starting just a pair of seniors most games, the Rantoul softball coach — along with some of the players — figured 2018 was going to be the year the Eagles would hit their stride.

Chargers' season ends in loss to No. 1-ranked team

Centennial baseball coach Ryan Remole can pinpoint exactly when his club’s midseason turnaround began.

After his Chargers battled the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Effingham, to a 5-2 loss in a Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal Friday, Remole was still focused on his club’s 180-degree shift from a 1-11 start to a 12-15 finish.

Miscues pile up for Bulldogs in defeat

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour baseball team had not been 10-run ruled all season. Not even close.

That’s one of the reasons Bulldogs coach Nic DiFilippo was disappointed in the Bulldogs’ 11-1 loss to Charleston in a Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal game Friday.

What made the letdown more discouraging is how quickly things spiraled out of control.

Jordahl pitches a gem for Eagles

RANTOUL — Lindsay Jordahl has a bit of a nervous habit.

Clutch Cam: Hedge delivers for Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — There seems to be a running theme for the Centennial baseball team this season — whenever the Chargers need a clutch hit, Cam Hedge is the man with the plan.

Crites sharp for Eagles on windy day in Rantoul

RANTOUL — To Adam Crites, there were times that Tuesday’s heavy wind felt like it was gusting at nearly 40 miles per hour.

But Rantoul’s No. 1 starting pitcher knew he had to fight through the elements against a tough Unity lineup during a 2-1 victory in an Okaw Valley Conference showdown at Wabash Park.

Adams' no-no gives Panthers 'revenge win'

LeROY — On Friday night, Marissa Adams was so locked in she was caught completely unaware of her dominance.

LeRoy softball's ace pitcher tossed a no-hitter in a 3-0 home win over Fisher, coming within one hit batsman in the second inning of completing a perfect game.

Vikings adjust after Nelson’s injury to pick up road win

RANTOUL — Just six games into the 2017 season, Geoff Desmond already knows his team is going to have to be one that can adjust on the fly.

That’s why the Danville baseball coach was pleased with the Vikings’ ability to get knocked down, make some changes and come through with a 7-4 win over Rantoul on Tuesday night at Wabash Park.