Billy Beckham, a Litchfield graduate, is off to a very quick start to the season at Lewis and Clark Community College.
In the first dozen games, Beckham has a batting average of .417, which is team leading. He not only leads the team in batting average, but also attached heavily to the batting average are the slugging percentage of .583 and on-base percentage of .548. Both are also team-high stats at this point in the season.
“Of all those numbers, I am most proud of the on-base percentage,” said Beckham. “My goal, every time at bat, is to get to first base. If at the end of my time at the plate I am standing down at first and not sitting in the dugout or getting my glove to go back out into the field, it was a successful at bat. It is pretty early in the season and I am not shocked by the success I am having at this point. I have worked hard during the off-season and I had a feeling it would pay off. In practice, we were doing live at-bats from our pitching staff. I was seeing the ball great and I still am.”
In 24 trips to the plate, he has 10 hits, one of which is a double and one is a homer. He has crossed the plate seven times, walked six times and drove home five runs. He is second on the team in hits and runs scored.
“My goals for this season are to play well enough to earn a spot at a four-year school and make the all conference,” said Beckham. “A few schools have contacted me and thus far, I am exceeding the goals that I had for myself. Right now, I am focusing on this year and playing the best I can. Away from the diamond, I am going to keep hitting the weights in the gym, doing other workouts and have already signed on to play for a summer team. If I keep playing the way I am playing now, it should be no problem finding a four-year school and making the all-conference team.”
In the most recent Lewis and Clark victory, a 7-6 victory over Vincennes University, Beckham was 2-for-3 with a home, double and walk. He scored three times and drove home one. Lewis and Clark is 5-7 through the first 12 games.
Katie Schaake (Hillsboro) worked 6 1/3 innings for Lincoln Land Community College in their 7-6 loss to St. Louis Community College. She did not suffer the loss. The starter allowed one earned run on three hits. She fanned 10 batters and walked two. Lincoln Land is 4-6 overall.
Samuel Painter (Litchfield), an Illinois Wesleyan University sophomore, finished second in the long jump at IWU’s final indoor meet of the season, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Elite Indoor Meet. The outing was held on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University at the Shirk Center in Bloomington. Painter recorded a leap of 22 feet, 0.75 inches. Team scores were not kept.
Kaili Hanner (Hillsboro) is 0-2 for St. Louis University. The Taylor Springs native, who has played in eight games and made two starts, has worked 20 2/3 innings. She had allowed 13 earned runs on 18 hits. The sophomore hurler has walked 19 and struck out 17 hitters. In her most recent outing, she worked three innings in a 4-3 loss to Iowa State University. She did not suffer the loss. The Billiken pitcher allowed one earned run on three hits. She fanned one and walked one. St. Louis is 5-12 overall.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro), a Hannibal-LaGrange University women’s basketball player, recently finished her season. Scroggins, who played in all 23 games, averaged 14.4 minutes per game. She finished the year with 46 points and 32 rebounds, respective averages of 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. The former Hiltopper player also had 18 assists, 13 steals and two blocked shots. The 5-foot-6 sophomore guard scored her points by hitting 14 field goals, three of which were three pointers, and 15 free throws. Hannibal-LaGrange finished 4-19 overall and 3-13 in the American Midwest Conference.
Alex Bishop (Litchfield) finished 43rd at the Sangamon Valley State University Spring Invitational, which was held at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky. The Purdue University-Northwest senior shot a 151 for two rounds. PU-Northwest took 18th by carding a 628. Grand Valley State University took first with a 571.
Alex White (Hillsboro) shot a 158 for two rounds at the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate, which was hosted by University of Illinois-Springfield and held at The Rail Golf Club in Springfield. White, a Parkland College freshman, took 23rd. He helped Parkland finish sixth with a 632. Illinois Wesleyan University won the outing with a 594.
Jade Taylor (Litchfield), a Greenville University soccer player, had one shot on goal in 43 minutes of play as Greenville lost a 1-0 overtime decision to Spalding University. In a 2-0 loss to Fontbonne University, Taylor started and played 30 minutes. Greenville is 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro) and Elijah Atkins (Hillsboro), a pair of Greenville middle-distance runners, each competed in the 800-meter run at the Rose-Hulman Institute Technology Early Bird, which was held at William M. Welch Track Complex on the campus of RHIT. Isaiah Atkins took 16th, finishing in 2 minutes, 8.10 seconds. Elijah Atkins finished in 2:14.02, which was good for 23rd place. Greenville took third with 100 points. Wabash College took first with 265 points.
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