The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 14, 2014

Diamond Unity - Female player helps the boys to 10-0 win

FULTON, Ill. — JoLynn Frederick is just one of the guys.

She (yes, she) also is a huge contributor to the Fulton Unity Christian baseball team, which shut out Quad Cities Christian 10-0 in five innings on Tuesday at Drives Park. Frederick is the second baseman for the Knights, and she was 2-for-2 on a dreary afternoon.

“It’s so much fun being the only girl on the team,” Frederick said. “They treat me like one of the guys, and winning is so much fun with these guys, too. It makes us closer as a team.”

Frederick confirms the perception that playing softball, as she’d done for 11 years before joining Fulton Unity (6-3), is different than playing baseball.

“It’s so much different,” she said. “For softball, the pitch is coming up at you at like, 40 to 50 miles per hour, but in baseball, the ball is coming down at 80 miles per hour.”

Frederick got a single to lead off the second inning, stole second base, then later scored via an infield single from center fielder Shawn Hintz. Then, she singled again as the leadoff hitter in the fifth inning. Hintz brought her in on a single to left field for the game’s eighth run.

“She loves baseball, and fits right in with the boys,” Unity coach Roy Wilson said. “She’s a great baseball player; she plays a good second base, works hard on her hitting, so it’s like having another guy on the team.”

“She kind of fits in, so it’s not weird having her on the team,” Eric Medenblik, Unity’s starting pitcher, said. “She’s one of us; we accept her, and it’s great she’s on the team.”

Medenblik, meanwhile, struck out eight Eagles hitters and allowed five baserunners. QC Christian had a chance to score in the second inning before its pitcher was tagged out at the plate following an errant throw to first from third baseman Alex Hoppe.

Text Only
  • District tries to attract prison workers FULTON, Ill. — While the renovation process at the Thomson, Illinois, Correctional Center has yet to begin, a few high-level management positions have already been filled.Filling those positions are people, and most importantly to the River Bend Scho

    July 25, 2014

  • New tourism position denied FULTON, Ill. — With the unexpected departure of former Tourism Director and Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Bennett, the city of Fulton has worked for the last two months to pick up the pieces and fill the void she left behind.One option was to

    July 24, 2014

  • New class preps students for college FULTON, Ill. — Incoming freshman this year at Fulton High School will get a first glance at a new course aimed to prepare them for the next big step in their lives.While most high-school classes are geared in some way to prepare students for college,

    July 24, 2014

  • Fulton Chamber's future funding source still unclear FULTON, Ill. — Questions still linger around the future of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce despite a three-year funding allocation and a partnership with the city of Fulton.During a City Council meeting Monday, the council voted to approve a recommend

    July 23, 2014

  • Darryl Hogue mugshot Hogue will lead River Bend schools FULTON, Ill. — Nearly eight months after opening the search, the River Bend School Board has found a replacement for the retiring district superintendent Robert “Chuck” Holliday.Darryl Hogue, principal of Morrison Junior High School, in Morrison, Ill

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fulton native putts on with pro career FULTON, Ill. — After competing at the John Deere Classic this past weekend, Aaron Krueger will get to again rub shoulders with some of golf’s best — this time at the PGA Championship.Krueger failed to make the cut at the JDC in Silvis, Ill., but it w

    July 18, 2014

  • Sawmill New event cruises into Clinton CLINTON — Three Gateway-area locations are joining together in August for a river heritage event.The event will be held Aug. 3 and will feature a Blue Heron river cruise, a Sawmill Museum tour and a de Immigrant Windmill tour in Fulton, Illinois. The

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Thomson prison Towns prep for opening of prison FULTON, Ill. — When the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $43.7 million in June for equipment and staffing toward the activation of the Thomson, Illinois, Correctional Center, a wave of relief came over officials in the Gateway area.But,

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-11-14 Fulton Summer Nights Dog Days Of Summer FULTON, Ill. — The dog days of summer were in full swing Thursday in Fulton as the second installment of Fulton Summer Nights went off without a hitch.As family and friends of all ages joined the community celebration, themed “The Dog Days of Summer,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leaders support loan for improvements to city's hotel FULTON, Ill. — As activation of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, continues to gain momentum, local communities are preparing for the influx of residents and visitors they have been promised for more than 12 years.One way the city

    July 10, 2014