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Marion County College Report

Woodrome fans 15 to power Kaskaskia past RMS

Kaskaskia College head coach Torey Crowell has seen a lot of softball in her life — the last six years of which have been as either assistant or head coach of the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels.

In all her time at Kaskaskia Crowell has never seen an athlete strike out 15 batters in a single game. That is until March 20.

In KC's 8-1 win over Robert Morris-Springfield, Centralia grad and KC freshman Ashley Woodrome worked seven innings and fanned a career-best 15. Woodrome allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks.

"Ashley was very focused in that contest," Crowell said. "Having a pitcher like her on the hill makes the rest of the squad confident. The offense, defense and pitchers affect each other that way. The defense behind her gave Ashley the confidence to throw a great game and the defense knew she was on. I don't know if that is a single game record for strikeouts, but it was impressive."

Woodrome is now 1-4 with 26 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings has allowed five earned runs.

"My riseball, screwball and curve ball were working great that day," Woodrome said. "My catcher, Jill Boeschen, called a great game. She knew exactly what to call and when. Hopefully there will be many more games like this. It was a great game, but there is always room for improvement."

In addition to defensive help, Woodrome also got plenty of offensive help in the 8-1 win. One of the athletes that came through at the plate was Centralia grad Tara Kelly who finished 3-for-3 with one run scored.

Jessie Chapman (Centralia) and Bailey Demijan (Centralia) also played for Kaskaskia and eachhad their best game of the week in KC’s 13-3 triumph over RMU-Springfield. Chapman was 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs and two stolen bases. Demijan drove home two and scored once. In the win to help KC improve to 3-5. ...

Amanda Brendel, a Salem grad and Southern Indiana senior, was 2-for-3, but it was not enough to power the USI Screaming Eagles past Missouri-St. Louis. Brendel also walked and drove home one in the 5-3 loss to the UMSL Lady Tritons. The Screaming Eagles are 12-10 overall and 3-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Lindenwood’s Bailee Winkler was 1-for-3 with one walk and one run scored as Lindenwood defeated Lincoln University. The Centralia grad scored one run. Lindenwood is 12-12. ...

Baseball

Quincy freshman Mitchell Broughton, a Centralia grad, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a 7-3 loss to Saint Joseph’s. Quincy is 5-12 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC. ...

Salem grads Logan Bolton and Josh Lusch both had hits for Millikin during an 8-7 loss to the Washington Bears. Bolton was 2-for-6, while Lusch was 1-for-1. Millikin is 4-9. ...

McKendree senior Alex Young pitched twice against Harris-Stowe State, but did not get a decision in either contest. Young worked one inning in a 4-2 McKendree win with one hit and one strikeout. In a 4-3 loss to HSSU, Young worked 1/3 of an inning. McKendree is 11-18 overall and 2-4 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Centralia grad Cody Stevenson scored Webster's only run in a 2-1 loss to Greenville. Stevenson was 1-for-3 with a double. Webster is 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Golf

Jeffery Miller, a Centralia grad, posted Southern Illinois-Carbondale's second lowest score at The Grover Page Classic. The SIUC golfer finished the 54-hole tournament with a 73-73-76—222. As a team, SIUC took fourth with an 888, 26 strokes back of Murray State’s winning total. The outing was hosted by Tennessee-Martin at Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. ...

Maryville freshman Kenny Evischi, a Centralia grad, carded a 155 at the Springfield Pasta Company Invitational. The outing was hosted by Drury University at Rivercut Golf Club in Springfield, Mo. Evischi finished 11th and opened their tournament with a 76. Maryville finished seventh with a 642. Missouri-St. Louis won the event with a 606 stroke count. ...

Zach Phillips helped Illinois-Springfield take fourth in the Prairie Star Spring Shootout. Phillips finished with a 163, shooting an 84 in the first round and a 79 in the second round. UIS posted a team score of 630, 19 back of Rockhurst’s winning number. ...

Rend Lake College's Taylor Landers took 79th at the Southern Illinois-Carbondale Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge in Carbondale. The former Salem Wildcat shot a 184 over 36 holes with a low round of 87. Rend Lake finished 13th with a 701. Bradley University won a 641. ...

 

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

Has your son or daughter finished their athletic career this year? If so, you need to know we will be doing senior articles during the summer months.

A decision has not been made on how much of these particular articles will run in the Marion County Observer, but they will run in their entirety on this Website.

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