teams spring into action on the baseball and softball fields
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[March 27, 2017]
Spring has sprung and local high school teams have hit the diamonds.
Each week Lincoln Daily News will offer a recap of baseball and
softball games, with highlights and coach’s comments included when
This week we start with the ladies first. The LCHS softball team is
off to a 3-1 start in the 2017 season.
The team starts seven freshmen and sophomores at the varsity level
under the direction of Head Coach Darrin Worth.
The Railsplitters kicked off the start of Spring with a season
opening 5-2 win over Warrensburg-Latham last Monday.
The Railsplitters scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning
and held the Lady Cardinals to just two runs behind the pitching of
Moos pitched seven strong innings and struck out three batters to
earn the win. Lauren Block had two RBI’s for the Railsplitters.
On Tuesday Lincoln defeated Springfield High 9-6. The Railsplitters
led 6-0 after three innings of play and added three more runs in the
Springfield scored in each of the three final innings but Lincoln
held on for the win.
Moos had two hits against Springfield and Sydney Worth had two
RBI’s. Kerstin Osborne pitched a complete game and struck out eight
batters to earn the win.
On Wednesday afternoon Lincoln hosted Springfield High and the
Railsplitters had no trouble sweeping the series with the Lady
A six-run third inning was the highlight of the afternoon as Lincoln
walked away with a 7-1 win.
Lincoln got two hits again from Moos and Block added two RBI’s. Moos
was dominate on the mound again, pitching seven innings and striking
out five batters.
Friday afternoon Lincoln faced Williamsville and the two teams were
scoreless through five innings.
Williamsville scored one run in the top of the sixth inning and
added six more runs in the seventh inning.
The Railsplitters just could not get a run across despite getting
hits from Block and Osborne.
The Lady Bullets had nine hits. Payton Long pitched for
Williamsville and struck out 17 batters.
Moos picked up the loss for Lincoln, throwing six innings and giving
up eight hits and seven runs. Moos also struck out four batters and
softball games this week for Lincoln:
Tuesday home versus Lanphier at Schweitzer Field 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Lanphier 4:30 p.m.
Saturday at Taylorville 10 a.m.
Mount Pulaski High School girls softball
Mount Pulaski High School also has a girls softball team again this
season, after a ten-year hiatus from the sport.
The Lady Hilltoppers dropped the opening game of the season to
Delavan last week.
Mount Pulaski will host its first home game versus Illini Central at
Frazier Park Tuesday night at 4:30 p.m.
Moving on to boys baseball, the Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers are still
seeking their first win of the 2017 season.
The boys started off the season with two losses in the PBR High
School Jamboree in Jacksonville and then last week dropped three
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began with a 9-3 loss to the Central A&M Raiders.
Mount Pulaski was trailing 9-0 going into the bottom of the seventh
inning. Three runs scored in the bottom of the inning kept the
Hilltoppers from being shutout. Joey Davis, Tanner Farris and Todd
Kelly each had singles in the loss. Logan DeRight and Kelly each had
an RBI. Kelly got the loss on the mound.
Mount Pulaski hosted the Pawnee Indians.
The two teams were tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning and
Mount Pulaski managed to go ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth
The Indians tied the game in the top of the seventh and after Mount
Pulaski failed to get any runs across in their bottom half, the game
headed to extra innings. Pawnee scored two runs in the top of the
eighth inning and went on to take the 5-3 win from Mount Pulaski.
DeRight (0-2), who was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, took the loss for
Mount Pulaski. The Hilltoppers also got hits from Ben Fricke, Eli
Olson and Brandon Kretzinger. Kelly, Fricke and DeRight had the
RBI’s for Mount Pulaski.
night, Mount Pulaski lost a 3-2 ballgame to the Blue Ridge Knights.
The Knights led 2-0 after one inning of play and would go on to lead
3-0 after five innings. Mount Pulaski just came up short, scoring a
run apiece in each of the last two innings.
Singles by John Henry Trauner, Kretzinger and Farris and a double by
Kelly were the offense for the Hilltoppers. Kelly (0-2) took the
loss on the mound, going five innings and striking out five batters.
Kelly is a freshman on Coach Joel Washko’s young pitching staff.
Despite the 0-5 start, Coach Washko sees improvement in his young
team. Of the week’s efforts, he said, “I think we made some good
strides in the games. It was especially good to have a chance at the
end of the game versus Pawnee.
"Overall, we are way ahead of where we were last year. We have a
long way to go though. We need to clean up some of our defensive
mistakes and also continue to work on limiting strikeouts at the
Washko continued, “Our effort has been great so far though. We
cannot hang our heads about being 0-5 with 7-8 freshmen and
sophomores starting at all times. We just need to keep working to
get better each day. If we do that then we will be happy with where
we are at, at the end of the year."
Mount Pulaski will host Illini Central Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Over in Hartsburg the Hartem Stags baseball team opened the season
with a 19-2 loss to the Lewistown Indians.
The Stags will face Athens on the road Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and
will host Roanoke-Benson Saturday morning at 10 a.m.