SOFTBALL: Waltonville evens record after shutout win over Spring Garden

wville vs sg sb 1MT. VERNON – Waltonville defeated Spring Garden, 20-0, in three innings to improve to 1-1 on the season in Junior High softball action.

Jaiden Ellis struck out seven hitters in her three innings of work. She walked two batters.

The Jr. Spartans scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning. They went on to score four times in the second and six more in the third.

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SOFTBALL: Field stays undefeated

TEXICO – Field Lady Panthers are 2-0 after defeating Raccoon Monday afternoon, 16-1, in Junior High softball action.

Lilli Morgan pitched three innings for the win. She struck out six and walked one. Morgan was also 2-for-3 at the plate.

Ashlyn Childers was 2-for-4. Kodie VanEycke finished 2-for-3, while Afton Buchanan was 1-for-1.

Also, Kileigh Irwin was 1-for-2 and Kaycee Meyer finished the day 1-for-2.

Field (2-0) will host St. Mary Tuesday at 4 PM.

SOFTBALL: Field opens with win over Bethel/McClellan

MT. VERNON – The defending Class S champions opened defense of their title Friday afternoon with a 24-1 victory over Bethel-McClellan in Junior High Softball action.

Ashlyn Childers had 10 strikeouts and walked one. She was also 1-for-2 at the plate. 

Kodie VanEycke finished 2-for-2 with two walks. Aliya Williams was 1-for-3 with a triple.  Continue reading “SOFTBALL: Field opens with win over Bethel/McClellan”

SOFTBALL: St. Mary knocks off Waltonville, 3-1


WALTONVILLE – Two of the top pitchers in Jefferson County squared off Friday afternoon as St. Mary’s Claire Heinzman and Waltonville’s Jaiden Ellis matched up inside the circle.

In the end, the Knights came through, 3-1, to improve to 4-0 on the season in Junior High softball action.

“It was [a] very exciting [game],” said St. Mary coach Jean Jones. “It was a little nerve-racking, but it was a good win.”

With the game tied, 1-1, in the top of the fifth inning, Heinzman drilled the first pitch from Ellis over the center fielder’s head for a two-run inside the park home run. Continue reading “SOFTBALL: St. Mary knocks off Waltonville, 3-1”

BASEBALL: Rome opens with win over Summersville


MT. VERNON – Rome and Summersville met Wednesday on the baseball diamond. It was the first game of the 2017 season for both squads with the Hornets winning, 18-0, in five innings.
“We got off to a good start,” said Rome coach Tim Holloway. “We had a lot of guys have good at-bats. Their pitcher was in the zone early on for a while and we put some good swings on it. It was a nice start.”
Brock Holloway threw a complete game (five innings) no hitter. He allowed only two base runners – one on an error and the other on a walk. He also struck out 12 of the 17 batters he faced.

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VOLLEYBALL: Brooke (Moore) Poninski to take over Lady Rams volleyball program


MT. VERNON – A new volleyball coach will be in charge of the Mt. Vernon program in 2017.  

A day before practice was to begin, Angie Cheatham left to accept a teaching position at Woodlawn Grade School.

Freshman coach Brooke (Moore) Poninski has been tapped to replace Cheatham as the varsity head coach. Right now, Poninski is the interim coach and will be the volleyball coach pending board approval.

“When things need to be done they just have to be done,” said Poninski. “We’re very optimistic and very excited. We’re looking forward to it.”

Poninski – who recently married former Rams’ baseball player Hayden Poninski – is a 2012 graduate at Mt. Vernon. She attended two years at Rend Lake College then played volleyball her final two years of eligibility at McKendree University. Continue reading “VOLLEYBALL: Brooke (Moore) Poninski to take over Lady Rams volleyball program”

BASEBALL: St. Mary short-games OBR, 21-3

MT. VERNON – St. Mary opened the junior high baseball season with a 21-3 short-game victory over Opdyke-Belle Rive Monday at Lincoln Park.
“For the first game you just want to win and get the jitters out,” said St. Mary coach Ray Garrett. “I think it was just a lot of nervousness. They hit off me in practice and I’m throwing it in the same spot over and over with the same speed. It makes it easier on them to see different spots.”
The Knights put the game away in the top of the first inning by scoring 10 runs.

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