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The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (May 8)

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By Andrew Harner

Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

•May 3 – Patton, a South Central graduate, pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief during a 4-2 win against Oklahoma City. The Kansas City Royals AAA prospect allowed one hit.
•May 1 – Patton earned his fourth save of the season by pitching the final two innings of a 4-2 win at Iowa. He struck out three and walked one.

Quenten Austin • Soph. • Carthage • Track

•May 2-3 – Austin, a Vandalia graduate, earned the conference championship in the decathlon at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships at North Central College, helping lead Carthage College to a second-place finish with 228 points. He scored 4,612 points in the decathlon, and was first in six of the 10 events.
•100-meter dash, seventh, 11.95
•Long jump, first, 21-3 1/2
•Shot put, first, 41-3 1/4
•High jump, first, 6-0 3/4
•400-meter dash, sixth, 53.06
•110-meter hurdles, second, 16.11
•Discus, second, 111-8
•Javelin, first, 168-2
•1,500-meter run, sixth, 4:43.01
Austin also placed fifth in the individual javelin throw, with a toss of 159 feet, 6 inches.

Sierah Ruffner • Freshman • Greenville • Track

•May 1-3 – Ruffner, a Vandalia graduate, placed seventh in the high jump at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships. She cleared 5 feet, 2 inches.

Abby Hill • Junior • Greenville • Track

•May 1-3 – Hill, a St. Elmo graduate, placed ninth in the hammer throw at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships. She threw 139 feet, 10 inches.

Trevor Montgomery • Soph. • Greenville • Baseball

•May 3 – Montgomery, a Vandalia graduate, closed the regular season with a 2-for-6 day at the plate in a 14-4 win against Principia. He had a double and two RBI. Greenville begins play in the SLIAC Tournament on Thursday.
•May 3 – Montgomery went 0-4, with an RBI and a run, in a 7-6 win against Principia.
•May 2 – Montgomery went 0-for-4, with an RBI, in a 10-7 win at Principia.
•April 30 – Montgomery went 2-for-4, with an RBI, in a 9-6 win at Eureka.
•April 29 – Montgomery went 4-for-4, with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and a run, in a 12-10 win against Blackburn.

Dathan Berning • Soph. • Greenville • Baseball

•May 3 – Berning, a Vandalia graduate, closed the regular season with a 3-for-4 day at the plate n a 14-4 win against Principia. He had a double, four RBI, three runs, two steals and a walk. Greenville begins play in the SLIAC Tournament on Thursday.
•May 2 – Berning went 1-for-5, with an RBI and a run, in a 10-7 win at Principia.
•April 30 – Berning went 0-for-2, but had an RBI, two runs, a steal and a walk, in a 9-6 win at Eureka.
•April 29 – Berning went 0-for-3, but scored a run in a 12-10 win against Blackburn.

Becca Oldham • Freshman • Greenville • Softball

•Oldham, a Mulberry Grove graduate, helped Greenville College to the third-most wins in school history. The Panthers went 30-14 and finished second in the SLIAC Tournament to Fontbonne.
•May 2 – Oldham went 0-for-3, but drove home a run in a 3-1 win against Spalding.
•May 1 – Oldham went 2-for-3 and also picked up the win from the pitcher's circle in a 7-2 win against Westminister (Mo.). She fired six innings, striking out five and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and no walks.
•April 26 – Oldham earned the win in a 5-4 victory at Oklahoma Wesleyan. She struck out two over 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and no walks.

Macie Cain • Freshman • Olney Central CC • Softball

•May 2 – Cain, a South Central graduate, went 1-for-3, with a double and two RBI, in a 5-4 win against Kaskaskia College.
•May 2 – Cain went 2-for-3, with a solo home run, in a 6-3 loss to Wabash Valley College.