Lady Eagles struggling to find consistency


Katie Nauman (7) slaps a base hit to right field in a game against Joliet.

Josh Dillon, IVLeader Sports Editor

The Lady Eagles swept their second home doubleheader to improve their record to 3-2 on March 20.

Cory Tomasson’s team opened their season at home against Joliet on March 13. They lost the first game 8-3 but preserved a split by beating them 11-8.

The doubleheader against Kankakee on March 18 turned into a single game after weather conditions forced the second game to be cancelled due to lightning. The Lady Eagles ended up losing the game 12-5.

A home doubleheader versus Elgin was excellent for momentum building. With the wind blowing out, the Lady Eagles beat Elgin twice 10-1 and 18-6.

The Lady Eagles then turned their attention to a Florida trip over spring break, where they played six games over the week.

They won the opener against Pasco Hernando Community College 6-2, but only were able to score one run the rest of the trip.

They then lost the second game of the Pasco Hernando doubleheader 8-1. Subsequent losses were to: Hillsborough Community College  (7-0; 8-0) and State College Florida in Manatee (8-0; 2-0).

Returning home, the Lady Eagles started conference play, splitting a doubleheader with Sauk Valley, winning the first game 11-3 but losing the second 7-5.

Out of 15 players on the team, six are returning sophomores including: Brianne Blumhorst of Mendota, Paige Hill of Stillman Valley, Jordyne Lowry of Earlville, Molly Muntz of Streator, Sam Riss of Streator, and Lauren Senica of LaSalle-Peru.

Nine incoming freshman are: Britney Burkart of St. Bede Academy, Angie Burns of Eureka, Karly Huss of Serena, Katie Huss of Serena, Jennie Laio of LaSalle-Peru, Katie Nauman of Amboy, Lindsay Schmitz of Streator, and Lydia Schaver of Fulton.

The team will continue Arrowhead Conference play versus Kishwaukee College on April 5 at 3 p.m. An away game against Black Hawk College follows on April 7.