Herald Staff Report

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ill. — Keali Engelkens limited West Carroll to three hits in the opener and Britt Woodin allowed two in the second game as Milledgeville/Polo defeated the Thunder 2-0 and 1-0 in high school softball Monday.

The Missiles (24-2) managed just six hits off Tiffany Cole in the first game and five against Jordan Kasbohm in Game 2.

Engelkens also was a thorn in West Carroll’s side at the plate.

She led off the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 with a single and came around to score, helped by an error on a sacrifice bunt. She scored an insurance run in the fifth inning.

“We made a couple of mistakes in the first inning, and her speed compounded the mistakes,” West Carroll coach Don Mathey said.

Engelkens also scored the Missiles’ run in the second game. She led off the contest by reaching on an error, moved up on an error and scored on Woodin’s single.

“Engelkens getting on base, a couple of errors and they are up 1-0,” Mathey said.

Engelkens struck out eight batters and walked one, while Woodin had four strikeouts and a walk before Engelkens pitched the seventh inning for a save in Game 2.

“We just could not solve their pitchers tonight,” Mathey said. “Our pitchers did a great job, as well. It was basically two very competitive softball games.”

The losses dropped West Carroll’s record to 24-8.

MILLEDGEVILLE/POLO 2, WEST CARROLL 0

Scoring by innings

West Carroll 000 000 0 — 0 3 1

M’ville/Polo 100 010 x — 2 7 0

Tiffany Cole (11-4) and Katie Wiersema; Keali Engelkens (23-2) and Katelyn Grobe. Two or more hits — Milledgeville/Polo (Andrea Herin 2, Taylor Kent 2).

MILLEDGEVILLE/POLO 1, WEST CARROLL 0

Scoring by innings

M’ville/Polo 100 000 0 — 1 5 1

West Carroll 000 000 0 — 0 2 0

Britt Woodin (1-0), Engelkens (7) and Grobe; Jordan Kasbohm (13-4) and Wiersema. Two or more hits — Milledgeville/Polo (Engelkens 2). RBI — Milledgeville/Polo (Woodin 1).



Panthers blank Steamers

FULTON, Ill. — Shannon Kuepker had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to lead Prophetstown/Erie to a 9-0 win against Fulton on Monday in Three Rivers Conference softball.

Hilary Graham and Sydney Stewart combined on a three-hit shutout for the Panthers.

Fulton dropped to 6-21, 2-9 conference.

Scoring by innings

P’town/Erie 000 132 3 — 9 12 0

Fulton 000 000 0 — 0 3 3

Graham, Stewart and Teats; Kayla Anglese and Lydia Schaver. Two or more hits — Prophetstown/Erie (Hunter 2, Stewart 2, Kuepker 2, Deyo 2). 2B — Prophetstown/Erie (Stewart, Hunter). 3B — Fulton (Courtnee Kaecker). HR — Prophetstown/Erie (Kuepker). RBIs — Prophetstown/Erie (Kuepker 3, Teats, Hunter, Howard, Deyo).

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