The Lindenwood University-Belleville softball team lost their first two softball games of the year.
But, Lexi Law, a Litchfield graduate and LU-Belleville senior, is doing her best to get them on the winning track. In a 16-7 loss to Evangel University, she was 2-for-4.
“I was making solid contact all day,” said Law. “But nothing was falling, so it was good to get a couple of hits toward the end of the game.
Law, who doubled twice, drove home a pair of runs and scored once in the loss to Evangel.
“During the off-season, I tried to do the little things that people tend to forget,” said outfielder. “I was in my backyard all summer working on the tee and just doing fundamental outfielder drills. Every morning, I was up and doing agility and sprint training. I worked on being a smarter player and using my talents to become the most successful player that I can be.”
Reid Detmers (Glenwood) earned his second victory of the year, against no defeats, as the University of Louisville pitcher worked 6.0 innings to earn a 3-0 victory over Valparaiso University. Detmers, a Nokomis native, allowed only three hits. He fanned 14 and did not walk a single hitter. The Louisville Cardinals are 5-3 and are currently the second ranked team among NCAA Division I teams.
Sammi Matoush (Hillsboro) poured in 20 points for Washington University in their 72-60 victory over Brandeis University. The freshman, who drained 8-of-14 from the floor, which included a 4-of-7 performance from beyond the arc., also had eight rebounds and two assists. In the WU Lady Bears 95-42 loss to New York University, Matoush finished with 11 points and two rebounds. She scored her points by hitting three field goals (one three pointer) and four free throws. She started both games, playing 33 minutes in the win and 23 minutes in the loss. Washington University is 14-10 overall and 7-6 in the University Athletic Association.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) scored in double figures as her college team, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, dumped University of Evansville 99-60. Brockmeyer hit 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line to finish with 14 points. The junior starter, who played 21 minutes, also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. In SIU-Carbondale’s 60-42 triumph over Indiana State University, Brockmeyer had six points, eight rebounds and two steals. The SIU-C Salukis are 15-7 overall and 7-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) finished second in the shot put at the Jim Green Invitational, which was hosted by Illinois College and held at the King Field House in Jacksonville. He recorded a put of 14.03 meters. He was also 12th in the weight throw, with a throw of 11.47 meters.
Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro) and Elijah Atkins (Hillsboro), freshman members of the Greenville University track team, both competed in the 800-meter run. Isaiah Atkins took 11th in 2:17.25, while Elijah Atkins took 16th in 2:22.41. Team scores were not kept.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) competed in two events at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater hosted Warhawk Classic Invitational. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh sprinter took 14th in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in :27.08. She was also 16th in the 60-meter dash with a time of :07.88. Wisconsin-Oshkosh took fourth with 60 points. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse took first with 167 points.