Softball Cavies lose to Gillespie
Perhaps it was the ominous clouds lurking overhead, but Gillespie and Carlinville played a seven-inning softball game Wednesday that lasted a whopping 61 minutes.
Gillespie scored four early runs and pitcher Addison Bryant made it hold up in a 4-0 victory.
Gillespie improved to 21-3, while Carlinville is 12-7.
This was a non-conference game as two weeks earlier, the Cavies lost 13-5 to the Miners. This time, Bryant was on top of her game from the get-go.
The Miners scored a pair of first inning runs. Bryant led off with a single and stole second against CHS pitcher Baylee Hughes.
With one out, Mackenzie Kasarda doubled to left-center field for the game’s first run.
Rylee Sarti followed with an RBI-single, though she was thrown out by Emma Griffith trying to go to second base on the play.
Sydney Cania led off the second inning with a single through the right side of the infield. But that would be the extent of the Carlinville offense over the first five innings, as Bryant would retire 12 in a row, eight by strikeout.
Gillespie got a pair of runs in the third inning. Bryant doubled with one out, scoring on a two-run double by Kasarda. Sarti followed with a run-producing single to make it 4-0.
That would be all the offense that Bryant would need, getting solid defense from shortstop Ally Clay in the fourth inning. She caught a pop fly over her shoulder in short left field, then on the next play, fielded a line drive on the short hop and threw out the runner at first base.
The Cavies got a chance to get back in the game in the top of the sixth inning. Sydney Bates reached on a swinging bunt single in front of the plate.
Hannah Wilton then sacrificed, reaching base on an error. Griffith’s sacrifice moved the runners to second and third with one out and the heart of the order coming to the plate.
Hughes popped out to second base for the second out. Alyssa DeSpain was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Cania, who had hit the ball hard twice earlier in the game.
A foul out ended the threat and the Miners were never threatened thereafter.
Bryant struck out nine and pitched a two-hitter. Hughes struck out three and allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings.
Bryant had three hits, including a double with two runs scored. Kasarda had two doubles, two runs and two RBIs; Sarti had two hits and two RBIs.
Bates and Cania had singles for Carlinville.
Staunton 5, Greenville 0
At Staunton, the Bulldogs stayed in the conference title hunt by defeating Greenville Wednesday afternoon.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Bulldogs scored twice. They added three runs in the sixth inning.
Marcy McCalla had two hits and two runs; Maddie Nichols had two hits, two runs and two RBIs; Natalie Gusewelle had two hits; Emily Redeker had a hit and RBI; Delissa Dennison had three hits and Savannah Welch added two hits.
Dennison struck out 13 and allowed just four hits in getting the win.
Gillespie 11, East Alton-WR 0
Bryant pitched a five-inning perfect game, striking out nine, and hit a grand slam in the second inning as the Miners moved to 22-3 on the season.
Sydney Henrichs homered, drove in three runs, singled twice and scored twice, while Beth Fields had two singles. Clay had three singles and scored three times, while driving in a run. Kasarda had two hits, a run and RBI. Abby Munos drove in two runs and scored once.
Gillespie 11, Vandalia 0
At Vandalia, the Miners gained their third straight shutout win as the Miners blanked the Vandals.
Henrichs got the win, pitching a two-hitter and striking out four.
Gillespie (23-3) scored in every inning except the second.
Sarti homered and drove in three runs. She also doubled and scored twice.
Bryant added two hits and two runs with an RBI. Kasarda doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Lexi Bussmann had two hits and two RBIs.
North Mac 2, Lincolnwood 1
At Virden, the Panthers escaped the Lancers with a run in the bottom of the seventh, driven in by a Hannah Tomasko single.
Lincolnwood had tied the game in the top of the seventh.
Tomasko and Brenda Barnes both had two hits for the Panthers. On the mound, Tomasko struck out 13 and pitched a three-hitter to get the win.
Southwestern 8, Roxana 2
At Piasa, trailing 2-1, the Birds erupted for seven unanswered runs to beat the Shells Friday evening.
Molly Novack, Whitney Ruynon and Mackenzie Wolff all had doubles and RBIs for the Piasa Birds (5-12). Bailee Stahl pitched an eight-hitter with one strikeout.
North Mac 4, New Berlin 0
At New Berlin, the Panthers improved to 12-6, 3-1 in the Sangamo, by bouncing past the Pretzels.
Tomasko struck out nine and pitched a three-hit shutout to lead North Mac.
Lauren Mulacek had two RBIs and Micaela Royer hit a double for the Panthers.
Hillsboro 2, Staunton 1 (8)
At Hillsboro, the Panthers passed the Bulldogs in the SCC standings race with an extra-inning win.
Both teams scored in the fifth, and Hillsboro pulled out the win in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Dennison struck out eight and walked five, pitching a five-hitter, but it wasn’t enough.
Grace Nichols doubled and scored and Welch drove in Staunton’s lone run.