Cavalier softball moves closer to first conference title
It’s been a tough couple of weeks trying to get in the final conference softball games of the season.
On Friday evening, Carlinville traveled to Southwestern to complete the makeup game from earlier postponements.
The Cavaliers were the home team and went on to defeat the Piasa Birds by an 8-3 count.
That moved the Cavies to 15-8 overall and 7-1 in the conference. They have a chance to at least share for the conference title with Gillespie, but have a makeup date with Litchfield, which will take place at some point. Regionals also start this week.
Weather permitting, the Cavies will play a makeup game against Litchfield at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
Carlinville has never won or shared a conference title in softball, but are on the verge after a nine-hit attack on the Piasa Birds.
The Cavies scored two runs in the second inning. Jordyn Houseman singled and Anessa Hart replaced her on the basepaths on a fielder’s choice. Sydney Bates also reached safely, bringing up Hannah Wilton.
The bottom of the CHS lineup delivered as Wilton doubled in two runs to get the scoring started.
Carlinville extended its lead to 5-0 with a three-run third, getting three doubles in the inning.
Baylee Hughes and Sydney Cania hit consecutive doubles to make it 3-0. Cania later scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 advantage.
Natalie Kaganich reached on an error, scoring on an RBI-double by Hart which extended the CHS lead to 5-0.
Southwestern got a run back in the top of the fourth inning. Sydney Ambruso doubled home Hannah Inman with the Birds first run against pitcher Alyssa DeSpain.
Carlinville got three insurance tallies in the sixth inning. Wilton reached on an error and Emma Griffith also reached safely.
After a pair of deep fly outs, Cania hit one where no one would catch it, connecting for a three-run home run to left field, making it 8-1.
Southwestern tried for a comeback in the seventh inning. Ambroso and Haley Edwards would score runs, as Mackenzie Wolff walked with the bases loaded and Bailee Stahl drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
The comeback would be short lived as a flyball to left field turned into a double play as a Piasa Bird left second base before the catch, taking away what would have been a sacrifice fly by Molly Novack and ending the game.
DeSpain struck out seven and pitched an eight-hitter, allowing two earned runs.
Cania homered, doubled and drove in four runs, while Wilton had a double and two RBIs. Hart had a single, double and RBI; Hughes had a single, double and a run scored; Griffith had a single; Kaganich scored a run, as did Bates, and Houseman had a single. Also scoring a run was courtesy runner Allie Jenkins.
Inman had two hits for the Birds, while Stahl and Ambruso drove in runs. Wolff also had an RBI.
Stahl took he loss, allowing nine hits and four earned runs, with two strikeouts.
North Mac 3, Auburn 1
At Virden, the Panthers got a stellar pitching performance from Hannah Tomasko in the Panthers’ 3-1 home win over Auburn on Wednesday.
After allowing an unearned run to tie the game in the sixth, North Mac scored twice in the bottom half to take the win.
Tomasko struck out 11 and pitched a four-hitter.
Brenda Barnes had a triple, single, two runs and RBI for North Mac. Tomasko and Cailynn Martin also had RBIs.
Southwestern 9, Vandalia 7
At Piasa, the Vandals put up a fight before falling to the Piasa Birds in a conference clash Wednesday.
Southwestern trailed 3-2 in the third, and 5-4 in the fourth but pushed across five unanswered runs to win.
Hannah Inman picked up the win. Emily Wolff and Mackenzie Wolff both had two hits and two RBIs. Mallory Novack had two hits and two runs scored for the Birds.
North Mac 6, Morrisonville 0
At Virden, North Mac scored two runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings and beat the Mohawks Friday afternoon.
Tomasko pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 12. She also had two hits and two RBIs.
Tory Brockmeyer added a single, double and two RBIs. Sydney Baines and Barnes drove in runs.
Gillespie 3, Hillsboro 2
At Hillsboro, the Miners needed a win to at least force a tie for the South Central Conference title.
Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Miners dug deep, getting a run in the sixth and two go-ahead runs in the seventh for a comeback 3-2 win over the Toppers Friday afternoon.
Gillespie finished 8-1 in the conference. Carlinville’s 7-1 record can be matched but not topped. The Cavies have a makeup game with Litchfield still to be played as regionals begin this week.
Addison Bryant and Beth Fields both doubled and drove in runs for Gillespie.
Bryant struck out 13 in pitching a three-hit complete game win.
Mt. Olive 4, East Alton-WR 0
At East Alton, Rachael Kernich pitched a five-hit shutout as the Wildcats beat the Oilers in a Prairie State Conference game Friday afternoon.
Jill Niehaus had a pair of triples among her three hits, scoring once and driving in a run. Courtney Kernich, Lindsey Strohbeck and Madison Bollman also had RBIs.
R.Kernich struck out six in the complete game shutout.
Gillespie 5, Camp Point 3
Gillespie 6, Quincy 0
At Quincy Notre Dame, the Miners won a pair of Saturday contest to concluded the regular season with a 27-3 record.
Gillespie clipped Camp Point Central 5-3 in the opener, coming from behind once more. Trailing 3-2 in the fifth, the Miners plated three runs to overtake the Camp Point team.
Mackenzie Kasarda homered an drove in four runs for Gillespie. Beth Fields had two doubles and Ally Clay had two hits and a run batted in.
Sydney Henrichs went the first five innings for the win, striking out eight. Bryant picked up the save with two strikeouts in two innings of relief.
The Miners beat the host Notre Dame team 6-0 later on Saturday.
The team scored single tallies in the first, third and sixth, and tacked on three more in the seventh inning.
Rylee Sarti doubled, singled twice and drove in three runs for Gillespie. Kasarda had a double and RBI; and Rylee Jarman had two hits and two RBIs. Bryant homered for the Miners.
On the mound, Bryant struck out 10 and pitched a five-hitter.
Plains 3, North Mac 0
At Pleasant Plains, Olivia Carter pitched a three-hit shutout as Plains beat North Mac Monday in a makeup contest. Brockmeyer had a double for the Panthers.