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The high expectations bestowed on the St. Elmo High School softball team before the season are coming to fruition, as the Lady Eagles are off to a 4-4 start, a good beginning toward their goal of winning 20 games.
St. Elmo vs. Vandalia
The Lady Eagles were no-hit by Vandalia on Tuesday during a 6-0 loss.
Four Lady Eagles reached base in the game, however.
Senior Brooke Maxey made it the farthest, reaching second on an error in the fourth and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Morgan Myers.
Sophomore Megan Maxey reached second on an error in the third.
Myers walked to reach base in the second. Sophomore Samantha Austin walked in the sixth, and was the Lady Eagles' final base runner.
St. Elmo at Greenville
In a game originally scheduled at St. Elmo, the Lady Eagles were defeated by Greenville, 11-3.
The game on Monday was moved to Greenville, because rain left St. Elmo's field too wet to play on.
"We just ran into a pretty good hitting team tonight," said coach Tom Fedrigon. "Greenville always swings the bat well, and tonight was no exception."
The Lady Comets pounded out 12 hits for 11 runs against Austin.
At the plate, Austin was 1-for-2 with a run, which moved her season average to .500.
Brooke Maxey was 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning.
"She really smashed that ball," Fedrigon said.
Sophomore Savannah Feezel added a double.
LP: Austin (6 IP)
St. Elmo at Nokomis
The Lady Eagles lost to nonconference opponent Nokomis, 6-3, last Thursday.
St. Elmo was limited to just seven base runners, and made four errors in the field, which Fedrigon attributed to the loss.
"Nokomis is a good team, but we really just beat ourselves ... too many errors and mental mistakes," he said.
Four of Nokomis' six runs allowed were earned, with Myers also surrendering three hits and six walks.
The loss ended St. Elmo's four-game winning streak, and marked the first time in the same stretch that the Lady Eagles did not score at least 10 runs.
LP: Myers (6 IP)
St. Elmo vs. Sandoval
Austin allowed three runs in the top of the first, but the Lady Eagles offense recouped those runs and added three more in the bottom of the inning during a 13-3 win last Wednesday.
"After Samantha found her groove, she pitched a fantastic game," Fedrigon said. "She struggled a bit in the first inning ... but from that point on, she was very good."
Austin allowed two hits in the last five innings and struck out eight batters.
Four players had two hits for St. Elmo, with senior Courtney Calhoun leading the way with a triple, three runs scored and an RBI.
Megan Maxey and Myers both scored twice.
WP: Austin (6 IP)
St. Elmo vs. Odin
The Lady Eagles won their Egyptian-Illini Conference opener last Tuesday, knocking off Odin, 10-7.
Calhoun recorded two hits, including a triple, and Myers pitched a complete game to give St. Elmo the win.
Odin scored six runs in the top of the seventh, but it was unable to erase a nine-run deficit.
"It looked as if we took the field and were a little bit too comfortable with the nine-run lead," Fedrigon said.
Myers recorded nine strikeouts in the win, and Megan Maxey had a triple and two runs scored on offense.
WP: Myers (7 IP)