It took only two weeks for Tessa Steffens, a Litchfield graduate, to raise her batting average 66 points.
On April 2, the Purdue University-Northwest senior was hitting .238. By April 16, she raised that batting average to .304.
In that two week span, which included 14 games, she had hits in ten of those games and she had multiple hit games in three of those. She has also had hit safely in the last five games.
In PU-Northwest's recent 7-1 victory over Ferris State University, Steffens was 2-for-3 and scored a run. She also had a hit and run scored in the 8-1 win over Ferris State.
While the games against Davenport University did not go as well for PU-Northwest as a team, Steffens had hits in each loss. In the 4-2 loss, Steffens was 1-for-2 with a walk. She was one of five PU-Northwest athletes to have a hit. She was 1-for-4 in the 3-2 loss to Davenport.
Purdue-Northwest is 22-16 overall and 13-11 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Reid Detmers (Chatham-Glenwood) improved to 6-2 by topping the second ranked NCAA Division I team in the country, North Carolina State University, 14-10. The Nokomis resident, who worked five and two-thirds innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. He fanned eight and walked three.
At the time of the three-game series, which was swept by the Louisville Cardinals, Louisville was ranked 12th in the NCAA Division I. They have won six in a row. Louisville is 31-9 overall and 15-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) was 2-for-4 as her college team, Hannibal-LaGrange University, dumped Missouri Baptist University 6-0. She scored one of the runs and drove home another run. In the 3-2 loss to Missouri Baptist, Jacob was 1-for-3. Hannibal-LaGrange is 18-16 overall and 10-8 in the American Midwest Conference. ...
Lexi Law (Litchfield), a Lindenwood University-Belleville player, had hits in three games recently. She had her best performance in the 14-5 triumph over Westminster College. She was 1-for-1, scored once and stole a base. She was also 1-for-2 in the 11-3 loss to William Woods University. She scored once and stole a base in the WWU contest as well. The junior outfielder also had a hit in the 4-1 win over Hannibal-LaGrange. LU-Belleville is 30-20 overall and 18-6 in the American Midwest Conference.
Tessa Beckham (Litchfield) was Blackburn College's pitcher of record as they downed Greenville University 6-5. Beckham, who was also 1-for-3 at the plate, worked 3.0 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. She walked four hitters and fanned three. Beckham drove home one run. Fellow Blackburn player Abby Frerichs (Litchfield) was 2-for-4 with a double in the win over Greenville. She had one RBI and one run scored.
Beckham was also the Beavers' pitcher of record in their tough 2-1 loss to Westminster College. In 6.0 innings of work, Beckham allowed two earned runs on six hits. She struck out seven and walked three. Beckham was a force at the plate as well as she was 2-for-3 with a double She drove home one of the runs. The junior hurler is 3-6. Frerichs was 1-for-3. Blackburn is 11-15 overall and 6-8 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Lexi Throne (Litchfield) finished fifth in the 1,500-meter run at the Millikin University hosted Big Blue Alumni Invitational. The University of Illinois-Springfield runner finished in 5 minutes, 8.74 seconds. UIS dominated the race as they took four of the top five positions. UIS took third as a team with 79 points. Millikin University won the meet with 235 points. ...
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) and Trevor Geggie (Litchfield) both scored points for Greenville University at the McKendree University Classic in Lebanon. Radtke competed in the shot put, taking sixth, and the discus finishing 11th. He recorded a put of 12.97 in the shot put and a throw of 30.47 meters in the discus. Geggie, a Panther freshman, dashed to a seventh place finish in the 400-meter dash, breaking the tape at :51.70. Greenville took second with 51 points. McKendree took first with 64 points.
Kaylee Hefley (Hillsboro), a Lewis and Clark Community College pitcher, earned mound time in two games recently. She did not get a decision in either case. In the 5-4 loss to Lincoln Land Community College, the former Hiltopper worked one inning. She allowed one hit and walked two. In the 8-1 loss to the Parkland College Cobras, Hefley, who worked 3.0 innings, allowed two earned runs on five hits. The hurler walked one. Lewis and Clark is 17-15 overall and 6-10 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Andrew DeLaCruz (Litchfield) helped Three Rivers Community College dump Crowley's Ridge College 2-0. DeLaCruz was 2-for-3 with a double. He scored once and stole a base. He also had hits in both of Three Rivers' losses to St. Louis Community College. In the 3-1 loss, he was 1-for-1. He was 1-for-2 in the 14-2 loss. Three Rivers is 22-20-1 overall.