Area softball roundup

Mulberry Grove 11, Vandalia 0

Mulberry Grove held the Lady Vandals to five hits in a five-inning contest on Tuesday.

Audra Donaldson suffered the loss, giving up six hits while striking out three. None of the Lady Aces’ runs were earned.

Donaldson also had two of Vandalia’s five hits. Amanda Walton and Laura Hobbie both doubled in the first inning, but neither was able to score. Taylor Brown reached on a single also in the first inning.

Endia Fletcher’s 2-for-3 performance at the plate included two triples, and she scored twice.

Amanda Zinkgraf and Harley Tompkins each had two hits in three at-bats.

Shelbyville 19, Vandalia 9

Shelbyville scored 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a five-inning win last Thursday at Shelbyville.

The Lady Vandals also had a big first inning, scoring six times, but were limited from that point to two runs in the third and one in the seventh.

Donaldson threw for 4 1/3 innings, giving up 13 runs on seven hits and seven walks. Maggie Childers threw the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on six hits. She struck out three and walked five.

Dakota Kellow was 2-for-4, and Ali Meyer was 2-for-3.

Staunton 4, Vandalia 3

Vandalia’s comeback bid at Staunton last Friday fell just short.

Donaldson singled and scored in the sixth inning to knot the game at 3 in the sixth, but two strikeouts – the second coming with a runner on second – killed the inning.

Donaldson was 3-for-3 with three singles, and Walton, Kellow, Meyer, Whitney Newsom and Molli Tedrick each had one hit.

Donaldson gave up just four hits in taking the loss. She struck out eight and walked three.

St. Elmo 11, Ramsey 10

Meghan Evans’ single in the eighth inning drove home Dylan Dilley to give St. Elmo a win over Ramsey in an eight-inning contest last Tuesday.

Cortney Calhoun went the distance on the mound for St. Elmo, allowing eight hits while striking out six and walking 12. Only four of the Rams’ 10 runs were earned.

She was hit in the left calf by a pitch in the first inning, and coach Tom Fedrigon said that by the fifth inning, her entire leg was numb.

“That made pitching pretty tough, as the left leg is the landing leg. She did an amazing job pitching through that,” Fedrigon said.

The extra-inning win showed the St. Elmo coach something new.

“At that point, the girls displayed some mental toughness they haven’t shown much to this point – they simply refused to lose.

Taylor Carson was 3-for-3 and two RBIs, and Emily Imig added three RBIs. Evans was 2-for-3, and Calhoun and Megan Durbin each added one hit.

Windsor 12, St. Elmo 1

Windsor pitching held the Lady Eagles to a single by Carson in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday at St. Elmo.

Calhoun gave up seven runs, of which one was earned, in taking the loss and dropping to 2-4 on the year. She struck out one and walked seven.

Brooke Maxey pitched the final four innings, striking out two and walking nine. Only one of the five runs she gave up was earned.

Windsor 6, St. Elmo 5

“This game was about as good a game as you would want to watch,” Fedrigon said. “There were four lead changes and plenty of good softball played.”

Calhoun was 2-for3 with two RBIs, and Maxey’s 1-for-2 performance included two RBIs.

Durbin drove in St.. Elmo’s other run. Calhoun struck out five and walked six in taking the loss; just one of the six runs she allowed was earned.

Oblong 5, St. Elmo 1

Calhoun suffered her fifth loss against two wins, but Fedrigon was impressed by her pitching. “She threw only 74 pitches, while walking only one and hitting just one batter. She just continues to get better and better,” he said.

Carson was 2-for-3, Maxey contributed a double and Durbin rounded out the hitting attack with a single.

North Clay 2, St. Elmo 1

St. Elmo’s lone run, in the sixth inning, wasn’t enough to offset a two-run fifth inning by North Clay in the Lady Eagles second game at the North Clay Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

Maxey scored St. Elmo’s run, and she reached base three times, once with a hit and twice on walks. Durbin was 2-for-3.

Calhoun struck out six and walked seven in suffering the loss.

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