In their final regular season meeting before next year's co-op, it was almost fitting that the Lincolnwood and Morrisonville baseball teams would split Thursday and Friday's home-and-home series.
It was a typical rural-area (I consider that a compliment) end-of-April country-hardball afternoon in Nokomis Thursday afternoon when Hillsboro ventured into Redskin territory. The north wind had a bite to it, the playing field grass was a brilliant hue of green and Holsteins were visible in their pastures behind the left-field fence. Praise was due to those who worked until the last minute to make the field playable. Nokomis junior Reid Detmers, a left-hander with big-time potential, completed the image with a mid-80's fastball and nasty breaking pitches that only a country boy strong arm can deliver as he no-hit the visitors 5-0.
Odds are if you go unbeaten in a tournament, you're going to come home with a first place trophy. Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers of Litchfield, that wasn't the case at Pleasant Plains.
Despite a rainy week, the Hillsboro Lady Toppers picked up two wins to move their record to 15-7. The Toppers began and ended their week with games against Greenville and Pana.
If ever a baseball game reflected a baseball player's personality, it was in Hillsboro Friday evening, April 28, when Brock Boston persevered in pitbull fashion against the varsity Pana Panthers. The Toppers won 4-2 by scoring 3 in the sixth.
The Litchfield Lady Panthers improved their record to five games over .500 on Friday with a 8-7 win over Greenville in eight innings.
After being held hitless in the first meeting with Greenville, the Litchfield Purple Panthers looked for more of a positive outcome on Friday afternoon, April 29. The Comets would come out on top in the second meeting between the two schools, taking a 1-0 victory in the South Central Conference contest.
Pictured above are candidates for this year's Old Settlers Queen title and their sponsors. In front, from the left are Kayla Matthews, Alexa Claxon and Skyla Chezem. In the middle row are Cassidy Wilhelm, 2015 Old Settlers Queen Kassidy Moore and Alli Knisley. In back are sponsors Jeff Knodle with the Hillsboro Auxiliary Police, Terry Bone with the Hillsboro Sertoma Club, Mary Brown with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and John Eickhoff with the Knights of Columbus. Not present for the photo was a representative from the Hillsboro Rotary Club.
The Black Widows Softball organization was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 9, with three Litchfield residents in attendance for the ceremony. Pictured from the left are '98 Black Widows Coach Kyle Frerichs, Abby Frerichs and Lexi Law of Litchfield High School and the '98 Black Widows and '98 Black Widows Coach Will Law.
Litchfield's Dustin Bryant was the winner of the footbrake division at the I-57 Hollywood Dragstrip in Benton on Saturday, April 23. Pictured from the left are Corey Wood, Randy Weller, Sarah Weller, Dustin Bryant, Sharon Bryant and Phil Bryant.
Lincolnwood's Josh Bormida watches briefly as his shot heads toward the center field fence in the third inning of Friday's game with the Morrisonville Mohawks. The two-run home run would help spark an 8-0 victory for the Lancers over their Rt. 48 rivals.
Lincolnwood's Austin Krager sprints toward home in the fourth inning of the Lancers' game with Morrisonville on Thursday, April 28. Krager's effort would be for naught as Morrisonville third baseman Luke Schmedeke fielded the batted grounder cleanly and got the runner at first for the final out of the inning. Schmedeke would further help his team over the next two innings, hitting a pair of home runs in the Mohawks' 10-5 win.
Morrisonville catcher Johnny Davidson prepares to catch the ceremonial first pitch from Grace Herschelman, who got some help from her mom, Mary, on Thursday, April 28. Thursday and Friday marked the second annual Step Up To The Plate For Grace series between the Mohawks and Lincolnwood Lancers, which aimed to raise awareness and money for INAD, a genetic disorder that Grace is battling.