CHS holds off Staunton to win home opener

CHS holds off Staunton to win home opener

By Daniel Winningham
Carlinville High School’s girls varsity softball squad remained unbeaten with a 9-5 victory in its home opener April 1 at Lions Field at Loveless Park.

Carlinville scored twice in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings and added a single run in the bottom of the second frame.

Baylee Hughes pitched for CHS and allowed three earned runs. She is now 4-0 this season.

Megan Stayton contributed four hits in four at-bats while Jade McFarland and Hughes both finished the home game with two hits.

“I’m proud of these girls staying focused even though we have not played a lot of games for a while due to weather,” CHS head softball coach Quinn Steiner said. “Staunton was a good team. It was a good conference win.”

The Cavaliers led 2-0 after the first inning but the Bulldogs tallied three second-inning runs to pull in front 3-2. CHS tied the game 3-3 as Brooke Jamieson drew a leadoff walk and came around to score.

Staunton had a runner thrown out at third base attempting to steal.

CHS took the lead for good in the bottom of the third as Hughes and Stayton came in to score. Hughes led off the inning with a single to right and Stayton followed with a line-drive single on a hit-and-run play which sent Hughes all the way to third base. Hughes then scored on a passed ball as McFarland attempted to bunt. McFarland eventually struck out but Mullink’s groundout to shortstop plated Stayton to increase the Carlinville lead to 5-3.

In the bottom of the fourth, Carlinville added two more runs on a single from Stayton.

The Bulldogs added a run in the fifth inning as the leadoff hitter reached on a single and the next batter drove a triple into left-center field. CHS averted further damage in the frame by gunning down a runner at home plate.

Carlinville improved to 5-0 with the win. Staunton, which was playing its first game of the season, dropped to 0-1.

Six games next week
The Cavaliers’ perfect record will be put to the test with six games in the next week.

The Carlinville softball team was scheduled to travel to Bunker Hill for a nonconference road contest Wednesday, April 3. Check next week’s print edition for coverage of the game against the Minutemen.

Carlinville also travels to Gillespie April 4.

The Cavaliers host Greenville Friday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. and Raymond Lincolnwood Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. Next week, the Cavaliers take on Hillsboro April 8 and then host North Mac Tuesday, April 9.