Success breeds success.
That is Katie Schaake’s theory. The Hillsboro graduate, now a freshman at Lincoln Land Community College, is not only doing very well, both on the mound and at the plate, but, her team is doing well also. Lincoln Land is 20-12 overall and 12-2 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
“The biggest reason I am doing well is because my team is doing well,” said Schaake, when asked about her college success thus far. “The entire team is working hard and all of the women are producing and performing well. It is sort of contagious. The energy is very positive and it makes all of us play well.”
Schaake, who is hitting .417 at the plate, leads the Loggers in hits (35), doubles (13), triples (four), homers (eight), runs scored (34), walks (12) and slugging percentage (.952). She also has 33 RBIs and four stolen bases.
“I am not prouder of one stat than another,” said Schaake. “My father and I have this thing where we do not discuss stats. I think stats are a good thing, but I also believe athletes can get too into them personally and it gets into their heads. They start working for themselves rather than trying to perform for their team.”
On the hill, Schaake has a 6-5 mark and a 4.57 earned run average. She has appeared in 15 games and made 14 starts. In 76 2/3 innings of work, she has allowed 50 earned runs on 85 hits. She has fanned a team-leading 92 batters and walked 32 times. Defensively, she has made 15 putouts, 16 assisted putouts and one error for a .969 fielding percentage.
“We have managed to jell together very quickly and that has been a little shocking,” said Schaake. “We are a completely different team than we were in the fall. We back each other up and we have built an amazing bond.”
The Loggers have split their last four games, beating Heartland Community College (12-4) and Illinois Central College (11-5). They were dumped by the same two teams, losing a 12-4 decision to Heartland and a 7-5 decision to ICC.
In the win over Heartland, Schaake was 3-for-3 with a homer, double and walk. She drove home four runs and scored three runs. She also had a multiple hit game in the other victory. She was 3-for-4 with a double in the triumph over ICC. They scored three times and drove home two.
She also smacked homers in both of the losses. In the loss to Heartland, she hit a solo homer. She was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the loss to ICC. She was also the pitcher of record in the loss to ICC. In eight innings of work, she allowed six earned runs on 11 hits. The former Hiltopper walked five hitters and fanned two.
Shelby Houchlei (Hillsboro), a Kaskaskia College freshman pitcher, earned pitching victories over Frontier Community College (6-0) and Southwestern Illinois College (6-1) to drive her record to 14-5 on the year. Kaskaskia is 20-17 overall and a perfect 10-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
In the win over Frontier, Houchlei not only held them scoreless, but she also hurled a no-hitter. In seven innings of work, she fanned five hitters. In the win over Southwestern Illinois College, the Blue Angel hurler allowed one earned run on seven hits. Like the win over Frontier, she did not walk a single batter and fanned seven. At the plate, Houchlei was 1-for-2 against SWIC and 1-for-3 against Frontier.
Alex White (Hillsboro), a Parkland College golfer, shot a 148 at the Illinois Central College Classic, which was held at the Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin. White shot 74 in each of the two rounds and finished ninth overall. He helped Parkland take second as a team. Illinois Wesleyan University won the outing with a 571.
Alex Bishop (Litchfield) helped the Purdue University-Northwest team finish fourth at the Quincy University Invitational, which was held at the Quincy Country Club in Quincy. PU-Northwest shot a 625 as a team. William Woods University won the team title with a 603. Bishop finished fourth individually by shooting a 149 for 36 holes. He shot a 78 in the first round and a 71 in the second round. He was only four strokes from the inning total of 145 shot by WWU’s Logan Smith.
Emily Senjan (Litchfield) worked only three innings to achieve her eighth victory, against one defeat, for Parkland College. In the 14-1 triumph over Lewis and Clark Community College. She allowed one hit, fanned two and walked one in her time on the hill. In two other games, a 15-0 win over Lewis and Clark and an 8-2 victory over Illinois Central College, Senjan had hits. She was 1-for-3 with a walk in the win over Lewis and Clark. She crossed the plate twice. She also was 1-for-3 with a walk against ICC. She drove home one run. Parkland is 34-5 overall and 10-2 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Billy Beckham (Litchfield) smacked a homer for Lewis and Clark Community College as they downed Heartland Community College 10-9. Beckham, who was 2-for-5 in the contest, drove home two runs and scored one run. In the 15-5 loss to Heartland, he was 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk. He scored one and drove home one. In the 7-5 triumph over Heartland, he was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He scored one. Lewis and Clark is 12-14 overall and 5-7 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) finished second in the shot put in a dual meet between his chosen school, Greenville University, and Washington University. Radtke recorded a throw of 13.27 meters. Nolan Bowerman, a Washington Bear, won with a put of 13.30 meters. Radtke also took seventh in the discus with a throw of 32.62 meters.
Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro) and Elijah Atkins (Hillsboro), also Greenville track athletes, competed in the 1,500-meter run. Isaiah Atkins took 17th, while Elijah Atkins took 18th. They ran respective times of 4 minutes, 44.47 seconds and 4:51.75. Greenville lost the team battle 76-31 decision.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) finished eighth in the 100-meter dash at the Ashton May/Phil Esten Meet, which was hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and held at Veterans Memorial Stadium and held on their campus. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore sprinter dashed to the finish line in 12.86 seconds. Her qualifying time and prelim time were both faster as she finished in :12.72 in the prelims and :12.75 in the qualifying round. She was also was a member of the UW-Oshkosh 400-meter relay team, which finished third in :48.81. Wisconsin-Oshkosh took third with 143 points. Wisconsin-La Crosse took first with 217.5 points.
A few announcements concerning future College Reports. First of all, we are looking for names to finish out the year. We have some names that were not included in this column. Understand, we will have them in next week and sometimes we have to rotate names. Secondly, we are looking for names for the 2021-2022 school year.
Finally, we will have a more extensive announcement concerning the upcoming career completion articles within the next two printings of the College Report. Because of this pandemic and my personal illness, we are most likely going to cover athletes that have not been featured not only for this school year but the previous school years.
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