DWIGHT — The most surprising thing about the Morris softball team's record so far this season isn't the total of wins and losses. It's the ease in which they beat teams that are ranked in the state.
The two outcomes that reside in the loss column for the Redskins have come against teams that aren't either ranked in the Illinois Coaches Association Top 20 for their class or are among those receiving consideration. Nowhere is Kaneland (Class 3A) or Plainfield North (Class 4A) to be found when looking at the polls.
But, throw a number in front of a team or place that team among those receiving consideration, and, if Morris has played them this year, they have beaten them. That includes the state's top-ranked team in 1A (Ottawa Marquette), third-ranked team in 2A (Herscher), Nos 4 (Montini) and 15 (Joliet Catholic Academy) in 3A and two receiving consideration in 4A (DeKalb and Plainfield Central).
Monday, it was Dwight's turn and the Trojans were ranked No. 15 in Class 1A. Naturally, Morris scored a 10-0, five-inning victory as Abby Burns fired a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts for the Redskins (16-2).
Ryan Friend, Janelle Brehm and Melissa Benson led Morris offensively with two hits each. Friend (RBI) and Benson (2 RBIs) each homered, while Burns ( RBI), Ashley Phelps (2 RBIs), Rachel Trader (RBI) and Olivia Schultz (RBI) each added a hi for Morris.
Plainfield North 4, Morris 3: Despite solo home runs by Ashley Phelps, Abbey Moore and Ryan Friend, the Redskins suffered their second loss of the season Saturday. Olivia Schultz added two hits. Losing pitcher Abby Burns allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six for the Redskins (15-2).
Coal City 2, Lisle 1: Blaire Harseim had both RBIs for the Coalers (4-7, 3-2) in the Interstate Eight Conference win Monday. Alivia Phelps had one of the two Coal City hits and got the win on the mound, striking out six in four innings. Leslie Youskevtch fanned five in three shutout innings to notch the save.
Seneca 6-12, Somonauk 1-2: In Game 1 on Saturday, Seneca (12-4) broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run fifth inning. Kylie Winsor delivered an RBI double to knock in Lyda Robinson, and Madison Maloney came off the bench for a key, two-out, two-run single to extend the lead to 4-1 before the Irish added another run on a wild pitch. Taylor Bushman made the lead stand as she went the distance, allowing six hit and two walks while striking out four. In Game 2, a five-run fourth and six-run fifth was plenty of support for winning pitcher Rachel Sangston, who allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out five in five innings. Cassidy Draves swung the big bat, going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Sangston also had three hits, including a double, and an RBI. Recording two hits each were Bushman and Winsor.
Coal City 2, Lisle 0: Freshman Payton Hutchings threw a complete-game, 100-pitch shutout Monday with nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits as the Coalers (11-5, 4-1) won for the seventh time in their last eight games. Keeegan Gagliardo and Blake Harseim each singled and scored for Coal City, while Austin Friddle had the lone RBI. Zack Nolan added two hits.
Plano 10, Seneca 2: Losing pitcher Sam Grushkin helped himself at the plate Monday by going 2- for 3 with an RBI. Myles Mitchell added the other RBI for the Irish via a sacrifice fly. Grushkin struck out eight in five innings and allowed just two earned runs on seven hits.
Newark 10, Indian Creek 3: Cam Myre had three hits for the Norsemen (6-2, 3-0) in the Little Ten Conference win Monday, while Steve McGrath (3 RBis) and Corey Jacobson (2 RBis) each had two hits. Connor Swanson allowed just two hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings to record the win.
Yorkville 4, Morris 1: Brandon Carter scored the lone win for the Redskins Thursday, winning his singles match in two sets, 6-0, 6-0. In other singles action, Peter Smyk lost 6-1, 6-0. In doubles play, Nolin Robins and Conner Shaw lost 6-1, 6-1, Cole Thompson and Eli Davy lost 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 and John Wolfer and Tyler Spiezio lost 6-3, 6-4.
Morris freshman meeting: The Morris Redskins freshman football informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on April 30 in the MCHS auditorium. Information will be available about the summer camps, summer workouts, the upcoming season and 2017 schedule. Head varsity coach Alan Thorson and the freshman football staff will be in attendance to answer any questions that players or parents may have that night. All parents and prospective players are encouraged to attend.
Morris' Eisenbeis named Academic All-State: Abby Eisenbeis has become the fifth Morris wrestler to earned a spot on the IWCOA Academic All-State Wrestling team. She joins Sky Sanborn, Ethan Chouinard, Emmit Chouinard, and Shain Hennessy as academic all-staters from Morris, and will be honored at a banquet this Sunday in Countryside.
"We are all very proud of Abby for her leadership and commitment on the wrestling mats as well as a student-athlete," Morris wrestling coach Jon Lanning said.