Normal West vs. Decatur Eisenhower, Normal Community vs. Decatur MacArthur, U High vs. Mahomet-Seymour and Pontiac vs. Central Catholic
Normal West 12, Decatur Eisenhower 0
Michelle Henderson and Beth Olson paced a potent Normal West High School hitting attack with two doubles apiece as the Wildcats remained unbeaten with a five-inning, 12-0 victory over Decatur Eisenhower in Big 12 Conference action at Decatur on Thursday.
"That's been the story of our season so far n the team have been bringing their bats to every game,'' said West coach April Schermann. "The girls are very confident at the plate and making solid contact."
West, which totaled 11 hits, plated four runs in the second inning, five more in the third and three in the fifth. Meg McCormick added a pair of hits, including a triple, and two RBI for the Wildcats (12-0, 2-0). Cymone Allen added a triple and an RBI while Jenna Ioerger contributed two hits, including a double.
Sophomore Jenn Murray (9-0) started on the mound for West, giving up three hits while striking out two in three innings to gain the win. Sarah Washburn pitched the final two innings, allowing only one hits while striking out a pair.
"Both pitchers had good control and good movement,'' said Schermann.
NCHS 3, MacArthur 1
Amber May struck out 15 batters in six innings and Normal Community went ahead for good with two runs in the fifth inning to beat Decatur MacArthur in Big 12 Conference action at Decatur.
The win improved the Ironmen to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
May (9-1) tossed the first six innings, allowing two hits, two walks and a run in the third inning. Freshman Bailey Franklin came on in relief in the seventh inning, giving up one hit while striking out one, to close out the win.
"Amber was not as crisp as she has been but she was very effective,'' said Ironmen coach Bob Grimes.
Normal Community broke away from a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning. May and Lisa White each drove in runs with two-out singles. Danielle Bentley had three of the eight hits by the Ironmen. May finished with two hits while Katie Lutes added an RBI in the first inning.
U High 4, Mahomet-Seymour 3
Kellie Kinsella tallied her eighth win of the season and Ashton Hitchcock recorded two hits and drove home a pair as the University High School softball team was able to overcome an early three-run deficit to defeat Mahomet-Seymour 4-3 in a Corn Belt conference game at Normal.
Megan Sallee added two hits for the Pioneers (10-8, 5-2), while starting pitcher Kinsella and Shelby Martin each drove in a run. Kendra Bell led the Bulldogs (11-7, 2-7) with two hits, while driving in two runs.
"Both teams fought really hard today," U-High coach Chuck Gault said. "We were able to make some plays including a real good bunt by Martin. Kellie pitched well and we fought hard to come back after getting down early."
Kinsella surrendering no earned runs and just three hits in six innings. Kinsella also struck out seven batters. Mahomet's starter Emily Padjen allowed three earned runs in seven innings. She struck out four hitters while walking two.
Down 3-0 after two and a half innings, U-High's Sarah Cochran led off the bottom of the third with a single, followed by a Salee double. Promptly Hitchcock singled scoring both runners to cut the Bulldogs lead to 3-2.
U-High struck again in the bottom of the fifth starting with a Salee base hit. She then came around to score on a Kinsella single after Dani Jacobs reached on an error. With Jacobs on third base Shelby Martin put down a suicide squeeze bunt to push across the go-ahead run.
Pontiac 2, CCHS 1
Pontiac pitcher Elizabeth Lorrance struck out nine batters in a pitchers duel with Central Catholic's Kelsey Shay as the Indians made two first inning runs stand up in a Corn Belt Conference win at Bloomington.
The win improved Pontiac to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in the league while the Saints slipped to 6-6 and 1-4.
"It was a good pitchers duel between Kelsey and Elizabeth,'' said CCHS coach Mark Demboski. "Both pitchers threw excellent games."
"We made a few mistakes in the first inning and as good teams do (Pontiac) took advantage to score two runs."
Ashley Timmerman drove in both runs in the first inning to give Pontiac a 2-0 lead. The Indians were held to one hit the rest of the way.
Lorrance allowed just three hits and gave up one walk to gain the win for the Indians.
Central Catholic scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Amanda Murray led off with a double. A sacrifice bunt by Molly Trainor moved Murray to second and she came home on a single by Melissa Croft. That was all the Saints would be able to get off of Lorrance as she closed the door to seal the win.
"Our girls kept working until the end,'' said Demboski. "We played a very solid game n we just need to play well for seven innings."
Shay (4-4) went the distance for the Saints, striking out two and walking one.