April 16, 2017

April 15 Rapid Rundown

Monticello grad pitches shutout
Parkland pitcher Sophie Catlin
Parkland pitcher Sophie Catlin winds up for a pitch against John Wood last month. The sophomore pitched four-hit shutout on Friday. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Former Monticello High School standout Sophie Catlin threw a four-hit shutout and crushed her eighth home run of the season in the first inning for 2 RBI. Catlin is now 9-4 from the circle this year after the 8-0 victory in game one a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark.

She wasn't the only pummeling home runs in Friday's game. Megan Magsamen hit a two-run shot in the third inning and Maddy Shoemaker tacked on a solo homer in the fourth inning.

The hits kept coming in game two against the Blazers. Parkland' Haley Ginger was good for a two-run homer and Shelby Youngblood fenced a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning for the green and gold 'W'. The Cobras collected 10 hits including doubles from Magsamen, Shoemaker and Amber Tabeling.



Parkland coach earns 700th victory
After a back-to-back shutout over Lewis & Clark, Parkland College head coach Chuck Clutts joined the 700 Club after his team's home doubleheader on Friday. The veteran coach has led the Cobra softball team to the NJCAA national tournament seven times and while a national title has eluded the program, he has produced three National Runner-Up titles.

The Cobras are now on a 12-game win streak this season with an impressive 29-7 record. Clutts' team is ranked #13 in the NJCAA division 2 poll and in first place in the Midwest-Athletic Conferece.

Clutts' coaching record as of Friday's twin bill is 700-272-2.



Illini win softball opener at Michigan State
Fighting Illini pitcher Breanna Wonderly winds up against Purdue
Breanna Wonderly winds up for a pitch during Illinois' home game against Purdue earlier this month. The senior picked up her 14th win of the season with win at Michigan State on Friday. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

A four-run fifth inning rally at the top of the frame gave the Illini women's softball team a 6-0 lead in their series opener on the road at Michigan State. The Spartans' comeback effort fell short giving Illinois a 6-3 win in Caledonia on Friday.

Breanna Wonderly (14-9) notched another win after giving up 6 hits and striking out five of the 30 Spartan batters that came to the plate.

Meanwhile, Ruby Rivera scored twice for the Fighting Illini and tallied 3 RBI in the Big Ten Conference game.



Courting failure top-ranked Buckeyes crush Illini
Ohio State didn't pull any punches in drubbing the Illinois women's tennis team on Friday leaving no doubt why they are a top four team in college tennis this season. Despite home court advantage, the Illini fell 7-0 to the Buckeyes at Atkins Tennis Center. The Fighting Illini drop to 5-3 in the Big Ten while Ohio State remains undefeated in the conference at 8-0.

After taking the doubles point, the visitors dominated the singles half of the program thanks to a roster with five nationally ranked players. On average, the Illini players won just five games against their OSU counterparts.

Illinois' Louise Kwong faced the country's #1 college player Francesca Di Lorenzo for a second time from the service line during the match. Kwong put a long fight on the #1 court but eventually succumbed in a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Earlier, Di Lorenzo, paired Miho Kowase who is ranked 88th and the team's #3 singles player, beat Kwong and teammate Jaclyn Switkes, 6-1.

Like Kwong, Champaign native Madie Baillion lost to Kowase by the same score on court 3 after the Fighting Illini's #2 player Alexis Casati also dropped both sets 6-2, 6-3.



Engel's walk-off walk wins whips Wildcats
It was barely five minutes from becoming a two-day game when pinch hitter Tyler Engel drew a walk-off walk in the 11th inning against Northwestern at Illinois Field on Friday. His patience paid off as the Fighting Illini baseball knocked off Northwestern in the opener of their three-game series, 4-3.

Illinois center fielder Doran Turchin was good for two of his teams four runs and chipped in a RBI on 3 hits. Trent Hammond drove in two runs (Rowbottom and Turchin) in the fourth inning on a double to left center.

Joe Hoscheit led the Wildcats' effort with 2 hits and 2 RBI after five trips to the plate.




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