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Roundup: Coal City baseball splits opener in Jacksonville

The Coal City baseball and softball seasons got underway this week with the Coalers baseball team splitting a pair of games in Jacksonville. Seneca and Reed-Custer also opened up their seasons on their annual southern trip with less success.


Coal City 6, Rock Island 3

Sophomores Brad Littleton and Jared Skubic combined for the pitching victory with Littleton getting the win and Skubic the save. Combined they had nine strikeouts.

At the plate, Alex Wills, Shawn Greiner and Lane Cowherd each had an RBI and a run scored. Dillon Siejka had a two-run double.

“I thought we did a nice job overall today,” Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said. “All of the pitchers threw strikes and it was nice to get playing time for all 19 players.”

Normal West 9, Coal City 1

Earlier Coal City lost to West as the Coalers only got two hits in the contest – one each by Cowherd and Ricky Collins.

Nate Chapman was the losing pitcher and Zach Mellen and Wills came on and pitched in relief.

Seneca on Southern Trip

Pleasant Plains 3, Seneca 2

In the first game of Seneca’s annual southern trip, the Fighting Irish lost by a run to Pleasant Plains. It was what turned out to be the first of three one-run losses, and the other loss on the trip was by two.

“All of the games were pretty competitive, we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Seneca coach Kirk Houchin said. “But we took 18 players down and we got to see everyone play.”

Against Pleasant Plains, Branden Pasdertz was the losing pitcher as he went six innings. At the plate Kale Walsh was 2 for 3.

Massac County 7, Seneca 5

Hunter Simon was the losing pitcher, going the first five innings before giving way to Lars Pihl who finished up.

At the plate for Seneca, Simon was 3 for 3 with three RBIs, Austin Applebee was 2 for 4 and Michael Rhodes added a double.

Carrier Mills 4, Seneca 3

Branden Viken got the loss in pitching four innings. Peter Hogue finished up in relief.

At the plate, Zach Russell was 2 for 3 with a double.

Hamilton County 6, Seneca 5

Applebee was the losing pitcher and Matt Houchin came on in relief. Both pitched three innings.

At the plate Viken was 2 for 4 and Walsh added a double.

Granite City 10, Reed-Custer 0, 5 innings

On the first game of its southern trip, 0.R-C absorbed the five-inning loss with Brent Headrick on the mound.


Coal City 11, Grant Park 2

Emily Aichele got the pitching win for the Coalers allowing just two hits on the day.

At the plate, Mackenna Emerson was 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs; Aichele had a double and an RBI; Abby Olsen was 3 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBI and Abbey Spasia was 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.

“Overall, this is a great start to the year and great things to come,” Coal City coach Stephanie Harmon said.

Herscher 10, GSW 0, 5 innings

The Tigers held the Panthers to one hit in recording the five-inning victory.

“Well, we finally got onto the field and played a game, although it wasn’t pretty,” GSW coach Jon Posing said.

Sophie Barna had the lone hit and Emily Foley took the loss in the circle. Just four of the 10 runs she allowed were earned.

“Emily battled all night but her defense let her down,” Posing said.


Seneca at Reed-Custer

Both the Seneca boys and girls track teams won a quadrangular event Tuesday in Braidwood. The Fighting Irish boys scored 82 team points to top Momence (62), and the girls tallied 86 points, which was ahead of the hosting Comets (56).

Seneca and Reed-Custer went 1-2 in many of the events. In the 55-meter dash, Seneca’s Willow Stuedemann won with a time of 7.72 seconds and Morgan Zacharias of R-C was second in 7.88. The two switched spots in the 200 dash with Zacharias winning with a time of 28 flat and Stuedemann was second in 28.51.

Irish runner Emily Woods won the 400 dash (1:07.4); Sarah Kappel of R-C won the 800 meter run (2:46.25); Seneca’s Sarah Cameron was first in the 1,600 run (6:23.14); Alyssa Marrs of R-C was first in the 55-meter hurdles (9.88); Seneca won the 4x400 relay (4:38.64), and R-C was second (4:39.31); Seneca won the 4x800 relay race (11:28.34); Rylee Anderson of Seneca won the high jump (5-2); Zacharias was first in the pole vault (12-0); Seneca’s Emily Woods was first in the long jump (15-11.75) and Lexi Wilkinson of Seneca won the triple jump (31-11.2).

On the boys side, R-C’s B.J. Bailey won the 200 dash (24.4); R-C’s Nate Costello won the 400 dash (54.21); Seneca’s Jake Weinreich won the 800 run (2:15.85); Ross McCormick of Seneca won the 1,600 run (5:02.66); Seneca won the 4x400 relay race (4:10.2) and the 4x800 relay race (9:41.65); and Trevin Seul of Seneca won the pole vault (11-6).

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