Gillespie takes command of softball conference

Gillespie takes command of softball conference

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The Gillespie softball team is now in the driver’s seat to win the South Central Conference championship, following an 8-2 home win over Southwestern on Friday night.

The Birds and Miners both entered the game unbeaten in conference play heading down the stretch,

It would be the host Miners (17-5, 7-0 SCC) take the early lead and never look back in getting the win.

Rylee Sarti had an RBI-single in the first inning, scoring Rylee Jarman.

In the third, Sarti hit a sacrifice fly and Mackenzie Kasarda later scored on an error to make it 3-1.

Southwestern (9-10, 7-1) got a run back in the fourth inning, as Haley Edwards doubled in Molly Novack to make it a 3-1 game.

Gillespie broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning. A Kasarda two-run home run made it a 5-1 game. Ally Bires later doubled in a run and Ally Clay drove in a run with a ground out.

Mayci Wilderman led off the Southwestern sixth inning with a solo home run to make it an 7-2  score. Gillespie scored a run in the sixth on an error to make it an 8-2 game.

Novack had two hits, as did Edwards for Southwestern.

Jarman had two hits and three runs, while Kasarda had two hits and two RBIs, including the home run. Sarti drove in two runs.

Addison Bryant struck out 14 for the Miners in getting the win.

Bailee Nixon struck out six for the Piasa Birds in defeat, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with two walks.

Civic Memorial 6, Staunton 3

At Bethalto, the Staunton softball team got off to a good start but the Eagles rallied to win a Friday night contest, 6-3.

Staunton scored all of its runs in the top of the first inning and led 3-0 into the fourth inning.

Civic Memorial scored twice in the fourth to make it 3-2, then scored four times in the sixth inning for the victory of 6-3.

Grace Nichols had a single, double and RBI; Natalie Gusewelle had a single, run and two RBIs. Hollie Bekeske had two hits, and Marcy McCalla doubled and scored a run. Madisen Bertels added two hits and a run.

Nichols struck out two and allowed 12 hits in the circle for the Bulldogs (8-14).

North Mac 9, New Berlin 3

At Virden, the Panthers opened an early lead in rolling to a Sangamo Conference win over the Pretzels on Friday afternoon.

A four-run second gave North Mac a 6-1 lead after two innings. They added two more in the fifth and a run in the sixth, collecting 17 hits in all.

Cailynn Martin had a double, two singles and two RBIs for North Mac. Sydney Baines had three singles and scored twice. Hannah Tomasko had two singles, a run and RBI; Kylie Nerone doubled, singled, scored three times and drove in two. Gabby Mauzy doubled, singled and drove in two runs; and Macy Wellhausen had two hits.

Tomasko struck out seven in gaining the win for North Mac.

Athens 1, North Mac 0

At Athens, a pitcher’s duel was won by the Warriors on Saturday with a run in the fifth inning.

Both teams had just two hits each. Tomasko struck out 14 but suffered the hard-luck defeat

Kamryn Stewart’s RBI-triple in the fifth inning was the decisive blow for Athens.

Tri-City 18, Mt. Olive 4

At Buffalo, the Tornadoes stormed past the Wildcats as nine errors hurt Mt. Olive in suffering a conference defeat in MSM play. The game was moved from Mt. Olive due to field conditions, with the Wildcats the home team.

A pair of seven run innings – the third and the seventh, proved to be the downfall in the contest.

Mt. Olive held a 2-1 lead after one inning and through two before Tri City got on track in the third.

Jill Niehaus returned from injury, racking up a two-run home run in the first inning for Mt. Olive. Rachael Kernich and Brianna Henke also drove in runs, with Kernich adding a double.

Kernich struck out six and allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits and six walks.

Payton Sturdy struck out 10 for Tri-City, while Katie Jarrett homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the Tornadoes. Aubrey Hunt also homered, scoring three times and driving in three.

Gillespie 4, Staunton 0

At Gillespie, Bryant out 10 and pitched a five-hit shutout of Staunton in a non-conference game Monday.

Gillespie scored three runs in the fourth inning, two driven in by Lexie Bussman. Jarman had two of the Miners five hits.

Gusewelle had a triple for Staunton, while Nichols struck out four and walked three while allowing six hits.

Mt. Olive 5, Lincolnwood 1

At Raymond, Mt. Olive scored twice in the third and three in the fifth to beat Lincolnwood on Monday afternoon.

Niehaus had a single, double, two runs and RBI, while Courtney Kernich had four singles and a run scored. Henke also had two hits, including a double, with an RBI; and Amanda Naecker had two hits and an RBI for the Wildcats.

R.Kernich struck out 10 and pitched a five-hitter, allowing one unearned run for the win.

North Mac 14, Mt. Pulaski 0

At Virden, the Panthers scored six runs in each of the first two innings en route to a win Monday.

Tomasko had three hits, and two RBIs for North Mac. Kylie Nerone doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in one. Erica Thoron had two hits, a run and RBI, while Macy Wellhausen had two RBIs.

Tomasko struck out 12 and pitched a two-hit shutout for the Panthers.

Southwestern 18, Greenville 2

At Piasa, the Birds scored eight runs in the second and six in the fourth en route to a conference home win over Greenville Monday.

Mallory Novack and Edwards both homered for Southwestern. Mallory Novack scored three times. Edwards drove in five runs.

Molly Novack added three hits and three runs, and Emily Wolff had two hits and an RBI. Ashleigh Watts and Nixon both drove in two runs, with Raechel Brandon scoring twice.

Nixon got the win, striking out two.


Gillespie 2, Southwestern 1

At Gillespie, the Miners put a huge dent in Southwestern’s attempt at a conference championship Friday night with a 2-1 victory.

Gillespie is 15-6 overall, 5-2 in the conference; Southwestern is now 16-10, 6-2 in the conference. Greenville and Vandalia both have one loss in conference play.

Gillespie scored a first inning run, with the Piasa Birds tying the game with a run in the second, driven in by Jack Little.

Daniel Dobrino had an RBI-single for Gillespie in the fourth inning, scoring Adam Boeck for the go-ahead run.

Rylee Bernot struck out seven, walked one and pitched a four-hitter for the win.

Ben Lowis allowed six hits and two runs, one earned, over six innings, striking out five but took the loss for Southwestern.

Athens 9, North Mac 7

At Athens, the Warriors built a 9-1 lead and held off a furious rally late by North Mac on Saturday.

Athens had a three-run second and three run fifth in building a 9-1 lead. North Mac got a run in the sixth and five in the seventh, coming up short in the comeback bid.

Jordan Black doubled, singled twice and drove in two runs for North Mac. Jake VanAusdall drove in two runs. Caleb Newell tripled, singled and scored a run for North Mac.

Black took the loss, striking out two over four innings.

Southwestern 8, Calhoun 1

At Hardin, the Piasa Birds scored five first-inning runs to beat the Warriors in Saturday’s non-conference affair.

Southwestern collected 17 hits in the game, led by Luke Golike with four singles and two runs scored. Troy Evans had three singles and two RBIs; Eddie Bolin had a single, double and a run scored; Collin Baumgartner had two hits and two RBIs; Brock Seymour had two RBIs; Alex Watts had two hits and an RBI; and Lowis had a single, double and RBI.

Golike pitched a five-hitter for Southwestern, striking out seven batters.

Staunton 4, Gillespie 0

At Gillespie, Staunton pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Bulldogs won a non-conference game Monday. Nick Yates and Ryan Billings got the job done on the mound, with Yates striking out eight over five and a third innings to get the win.

Ryan Best had three hits and two RBIs for Staunton. Marcus Karl had a single, double, run and RBI; Griffin Bianco had a single, double and two runs, while Billings also had two hits.

Adam Boeck and Daniel Dobrino had the lone hits for Gillespie.

North Mac 16, Morrisonville 5

At Morrisonville, Grant Graham had four hits, including a pair of doubles, two runs and three RBI as the Panthers beat the Mohawks Monday.

North Mac led 8-1 early and an eight run sixth inning put the game to bed.

VanAusdall drove in three runs and scored twice; Matt Huffman had two runs and two RBIs and Gage Gibson had a double and two RBIs for North Mac.

Tyler Miller struck out one over five innings to get the win.

Southwestern 7, Greenville 0

At Brighton, the Piasa Birds put a dent in Greenville’s chances to win the conference, as two of the top teams in the SCC went head to head Monday night.

Southwestern (17-10, 7-2 SCC)scored three in the third and four in the fourth inning.

Collin Baumgartner doubled twice for Southwester, and Brock Seymour had two hits and two RBIs. Alex Watts had two hits and two runs. Troy Evans had two hits and Dakotah Corby scored twice.

Baumgartner pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 14.

Bunker Hill 16, Greenfield 3

At Greenfield, the Minutemen scored nine runs in the third to break a 2-2 tie and defeated Greenfield/Northwestern Monday.

Elijah Dannenbrink hit two homers and scored four runs for Bunker Hill. Stormy Coffman homered and scored three runs. Sean Yates and Dane Sellers had two hits each.

Drew Whitworth got the win, striking out seven over five innings for Bunker Hill.

Hayden Lansaw had two of the Tigers’ four hits in the game. Devin Chaudoin scored twice.