The Wabash Valley College softball team got a wake-up call in the very first inning of of post-season play Friday when Southwestern jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first game of a Region 24 series.
“We were a bit complacent at the very beginning, figuring we would show up and it would work out,” said WVC coach Paul Schnarre. “Once we took the first punch, we played pretty well after that.”
It did work out in the end, after the Lady Warriors scored three runs in the home half of the first to gain the lead, pulling away from there to a 7-2 win.
The second game went much easier. Wabash Valley scored two in the first and five in the second to rout the Lady Storm, 10-2, and sweep the best-of-three series.
On the surface, the Mt. Carmel softball team seems a more focused group than in past years. Yet, Lady Aces coach Sarah Pearson says there is more that can be done.
“I think they’re here for a couple of innings, then they’re gone, then we’re back,” said Pearson after a 6-4 non-conference loss to Lawrenceville Wednesday, the team’s fourth straight loss after three wins to open the season. “We still have to dig up some roots from previous years and plant our own roots of what we want the softball team to be.”
HARRISBURG, Ill. — Wabash Valley finished the regular season with a bang Tuesday, scoring 13 runs in the first-inning of a 21-0 softball rout of Great Rivers Athletic Conference foe Southeastern.
The GRAC champion Lady Warriors finish the league season with a 29-2 record and improved to 41-7 overall.
Southeastern finished the regular season 11-24 (8-19 in GRAC).
Carley Childress finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with five runs batted in, four of those collected in the first inning. In her first plate appearance in the first, Childress doubled home a run. She later added a bases-clearing triple for three more RBIs.
The proud Wabash Valley College softball program has won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship a record 21 times.
But it had been three years since they last won it because of a three-year run at the top by Lake Land.
The title drought is over. Monday, as WVC was cruising to a doubleheader sweep over Lincoln Trail, Kaskaskia earned a split with Lake Land, which clinched the championship for Paul Schnarre’s club.