By Zach James Herald Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill. — While Fulton’s softball team is figuring out the small things, Morrison is continuing its tear across the Three Rivers Conference. Morrison continued its dominant season Monday by defeating Fulton 9-0.
Morrison scored in five of the seven innings while its pitching from Allie Wiersema and Lauren Rice was near-flawless.
Morrison scored four in the fourth, where the Fillies had four hits. There were two-extra base hits, doubles from leadoff hitter Shannon Finneran and Wiersema. Chelsea Eads singled but later in the inning was thrown out at home on an attempted steal on a wild pitch.
Finneran scored in the first inning on a wild pitch thrown by Fulton starter Camerin Huizenga, who lasted 3 1/3 innings.
“Our hitting came around for us, and the girls played a great game today,” Fillies coach Tammy Deter said.
Rice and Wiersema combined for 13 strikeouts and allowed only three Fulton baserunners. Rice threw the first three innings before Wiersema recorded the final 12 outs.
“They’re both outstanding pitchers, and they compliment each other very well,” Deter said. “They do what they do best, and they did a good job today. They’ve worked hard to get to where they’re at.”
Morrison got its 15th win of the season and remained perfect in TRAC play at 5-0.
“We have a good time; they’re easy to coach,” Deter said. “This season has been a lot of fun so far.”
On the other side, Fulton is a young team trying to put the pieces together in order to beat a team of Morrison’s caliber. For example, Huizenga and Maddy Andresen were the lone Steamers to compile hits against the Rice-Wiersema combination.
“Making small strides are big leaps in our world,” Fulton coach Jessica Rosenow said. “Just seeing them play a complete game is an improvement.”
Over the weekend, Fulton played three games in its own tournament (and granted, there were time restrictions placed in the rules), but the Steamers could not edge out a seven-inning game at all Saturday.
“We’re trying to stay within ourselves and do the little fundamental things right,” Rosenow said. “We played six games last week, so that may have played into it as well.”
West Carroll falls
THOMSON, Ill. — Makenzie Robison hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the sixth inning, and Orangeville went on to beat West Carroll 7-3 in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference softball Monday.
Abby Maike’s RBI single had given the Thunder (6-13, 5-3 conference) a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but Orangeville pulled even in the fifth. The Broncos (12-6, 6-2) then went ahead with a four-run sixth. Kaylee Saeger and Miranda Rodebaugh opened the inning with singles, and both scored when Robison followed with another single.
Orangeville extended its lead to 7-1 in the top of the seventh. West Carroll scored on back-to-back two-out singles by Brianna Kampmeier and Cassidy Rice, but Tori Clark recorded the final out with the bases loaded.
“We played well tonight,” West Carroll coach Don Mathey said. “Orangeville is a very nice team, and we played with them till late in the game. We’ve cut our errors down, which has made us much more competitive.”
MORRISON 9, FULTON 0
Morrison 120 410 1 — 9 9 0
Fulton 000 000 0 — 0 0 3
Lauren Rice (3 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 6 so), Allie Wiersema (4 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 8 so) and Chelsea Eads. Cameron Huizenga (3 1/3 ip, 4 h, 5 r, 4 er, 0 bb, 1 so), Chelsea Lesniewski (3 2/3 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 4 er, 0 bb, 1 so) and Maddy Andresen. Multiple hits — Morrison (Shannon Finneran 2, Lauren Pannier 2). 2B — Morrison (Finneran, Wiersema). 3B — Finneran. RBIs — Morrison (Brooke Stralow, Pannier, Finneran, Wiersema 2).
ORANGEVILLE 7, WEST CARROLL 3
Orangeville 000 014 2 — 7 8 1
West Carroll 001 000 2 — 3 5 3
Kaylee Saeger (5 1/3 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 3 bb, 4 so), Tori Clark (1 2/3 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 0 er, 2 bb, 2 so) and Morgan Robb; Cassidy Rice (4-5, 5 ip, 6 h, 4 r, 4 er, 1 bb, 4 so), Abby Maike (2 ip, 2 h, 3 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 3 so) and Darby Rumler. Multiple hits — Orangeville (Robb 2, Saeger 2). 3B — Orangeville (Clark); West Carroll (Rumler). RBIs — Orangeville (Emily Diffenderfer, Robb, Makenzie Robison 2); West Carroll (Maike, Brianna Kampmeier, Rice).
Freshmen/sophomores — West Carroll 7, Orangeville 5.