Softball

Softball

Sound Sabers no longer get rattled

FISHER – Home runs provide a dramatic moment in softball. No-hitters emphasize how dominant one individual was during the course of the game.

For high schoolers, homers and no-hitters aren't everyday occurrences.

Hilltoppers' dedication goes beyond the diamond

DANVILLE – Every morning during the week when most area softball players are sound asleep, Schlarman coach Randy Skaggs is schooling his players on the finer points of the game in a class he calls Softball 101.

"We meet in the mornings at 7:05 in the library," Skaggs said. "What we cover during that time is the rule book, and then we also go over signs that we're going to use during the season. We cover mental situations that we might encounter and then also, probably almost every day, we take a quiz on the information we've learned."

The cold, hard facts: It's difficult to play ball when you're shivering

The calendar says spring started almost two weeks ago. But folks still are walking around wearing parkas, mittens, knit hats and scarves.

Just take a look inside the Mahomet-Seymour softball dugout.

SJ-O falls in tourney final

RANTOUL – St. Joseph-Ogden managed five hits and did not score until extra innings in a 2-1 eight-inning loss to Bradley-Bourbonnais in the championship game of the Rantoul softball tournament Saturday.

The Spartans allowed two runs in the top of the eighth on a triple. SJ-O committed two errors.

Kemmer keys Falcons

FLANAGAN – Carley Kemmer threw a shutout in Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's 3-2 11-inning prep softball victory against Flanagan on Monday.

After surrendering two runs in the second inning, the Falcons pitcher didn't give up a run in the final nine innings, striking out 14, for her sixth win of the season.

Elliott's two-hitter helps Knights blast HOI foe

FARMER CITY – When the Blue Ridge softball team takes the diamond, Ashley Elliott takes command.

The junior controls her pitches and she also controls the pace of the game. Her quick delivery style started – out of necessity – in youth leagues.

Henk helps Hoopeston

HOOPESTON – Erin Henk outhit Oakwood all by herself.

The Hoopeston Area starter threw a one-hitter and also had two hits and scored three runs to lift the Cornjerkers to an 11-0 prep softball victory against the Comets on Monday.

Clark gets best of Tigers

MONTICELLO– Jordan Clark struck out 12 and gave up no earned runs as Monticello defeated Urbana 5-2.

Clark pitched a complete-game in the victory for the Sages.