Before it's known which colleges might want to recruit Amber Tabeling to play softball, the Tuscola High School freshman has one less school on her list to consider.
Her father, Ryan, said it was not a tough decision.
Amber Tabeling is a pitcher and an outfielder.
"When she pitches," Ryan Tabeling said, "she wears a facemask."
Change in athletic arenas can occur, literally, overnight.
At 4:30 p.m. last Monday, Westville High School softball coach Shawn Skinner had no formal policy on position players wearing masks while playing the infield.
By the dawn of a new day, it was a requirement.
DANVILLE — Schlarman has been ordered by the IHSA to forfeit its first 13 softball victories this spring for using a player whose eligibility had not been cleared, and head coach Randy Skaggs was suspended from team-related activities for the remainder of the school year.
Assistant Greg Hall coached the Hilltoppers on Saturday in their two games at Rantoul.
PEOTONE — By beating Peotone 7-2 and Prairie Central 4-2 on Saturday, St. Joseph-Ogden (35-0) set a school record for single-season wins in softball.
Stephanie Canfield, who earlier this season set an IHSA record for career hits, became the state's all-time leader in runs (227) by scoring three times in the doubleheader.
Mount Zion 10, Monticello 0. The visiting Sages were held to two hits.
East Central 10, Villa Grove 0. BLAKE HUGHES went 2 for 2 with an RBI to support winning pitcher JUSTIN BRUCE, who scattered five hits and struck out 11 in six solid innings.
CATLIN — Sometimes there is foreshadowing, subtle hints about the promise that exists for the future.
In Kim Fraser's first year as Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman softball coach last spring, however, the obvious indicators were missing.
Centennial 3, Mount Zion 1. Josh Manolakes homered for the visiting Chargers, who got three stolen bases from Cully Wilson. Winning pitcher Drey Goddard (5-1) struck out six in 6 1/3 innings for Centennial (21-9).
Unity 6, Monticello 4. AUSTIN FENDER outdueled Monticello's JACOB WILLIAMS, picking up the win in a three-hit, 10-strikeout effort while pitching around four errors. The Sages made three errors behind Williams, who allowed four hits and struck out 11. CONNOR GRACE had an RBI double for the Rockets.
Heritage 10, St. Thomas More 0. Winning pitcher HILARY SMITH (eight strikeouts) and BRITTANY LATHAM (four RBI) each had three hits to power the visiting Hawks, who got two hits, including a solo home run, from MICAELA CHILDRESS.
RANTOUL — Kalista Lutes demonstrated Monday the two ways to "belt it out" at the ballpark.
The Rantoul High School junior took her traditional pregame perch in the press box and sang the national anthem prior to the Eagles' softball game against Danville at Wabash Park.