CHS softball wins North Mac round-robin
Members of the Carlinville High School’s girls softball team with the winning plaque from the North Mac Tournament March 16 are, front row, from left, Mikaela Morrison, Ashley Starr, Kristen Bates, Maddie Jenkins and Baylee Hughes; back, assistant coach Jillian Schneider, Carley Kulenkamp, Alex Mullink, Jade McFarland, Megan Stayton, Ariel Dohm, Brooke Jamieson, Hannah Wilton and head coach Quinn Steiner.
For the first time in quite a while, Carlinville High School’s girls varsity softball team has posted a winning streak, and has a winning record.
CHS won the North Mac High School softball tournament March 16, defeating its three opponents by a combined score of 32-19.
CHS got past North Mac High School 11-6, defeated Granite City High School 6-1, and, in its final game, rallied to beat Auburn High School 15-12.
CHS head coach Quinn Steiner was pleased with the way the team competed over the weekend.
“I’m really proud of how well they played,” Steiner said.
Vs. North Mac
CHS got seven runs in the second inning on its way to an 11-6 victory over host North Mac in its opening game of the 2013 season.
The Cavaliers collected 11 hits in the second inning.
Carley Kulenkamp finished with two hits and scored three runs
Baylee Hughes had two hits, including a 3-run homer.
Ariel Dohm and Megan Stayton each collected two hits in the win.
Hughes allowed three earned runs and got the win.
North Mac led 2-0 after a half inning but CHS quickly scored three runs to move in front. CHS was on top 10-2 after four innings.
Vs. Granite City
Carlinville scored four runs in the second inning on its way to a 6-1 win over Granite City. CHS finished the contest with six hits.
Hughes collected two hits. Ashley Starr and Alex Mullink each scored two runs in the win.
Jade McFarland pitched four innings. She had eight strikeouts and allowed no earned runs. Hughes came in to relieve McFarland and pitched three scoreless innings.
In the championship contest against Auburn, CHS fell behind 9-5 then 11-7 before it scored five runs in the fifth inning to go up 13-12, and eventually win 15-12.
Auburn led 7-5 after three innings and 12-7 after the top of the sixth inning but the Cavaliers bounced back by plating six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth frame.
The Cavaliers cranked out 17 hits as they improved to 3-0 overall.
Hughes tallied four hits and drove in four runs. Kulenkamp collected three hits, including a two-run homer.
Alex Mullink finished with three hits against Auburn. Ashley Starr added two hits.
McFarland came in as relief for Hughes in the fifth inning and collected her second victory of the season.
Steiner liked the way the team responded, especially in the tournament’s championship game.
“I was very happy with how they came from behind, never gave up,” he said.
Home opener March 21
Carlinville was set to take on Morrisonville March 19. See next week’s issue for coverage of that game.
CHS is scheduled to host Nokomis High School Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. at Loveless Park.
A March 22 contest with Auburn in Divernon has been moved to March 25 due to the CHS Musical.
The Cavaliers also host Brussels in a non-conference game Wednesday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m.