A strong offensive presence in the middle of the lineup and a solid outing by pitcher Sophie Rainwater helped the Lincolnwood softball team defeat Nokomis 11-1 in six innings on Tuesday, May 11 in Nokomis.
The Lancers staked Rainwater to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, with Brittany Slightom’s two-run single scoring half of the team’s runs.
Two more runs would come in the second inning after Katelyn Payne walked, Sidney Glick doubled, Avery Pope grounded out and Cassie Krager doubled to make it a 6-0 ball game.
Nokomis would cut the margin to five with a solo run in the bottom of the third after Mia Fesser walked and Aubrey Jaros singled to center with two outs to drive her home, but that would be all the offense the Redskins would get the rest of the way out.
Rainwater allowed just two hits, both singles in the final four innings, while the Lancers tacked on four more runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to set up the short game victory.
Slightom would score one of those runs after she singled earlier in the fifth, while Taryn Millburg, Justine Seelbach and Marisa Webb also scored in the inning.
Slightom wasn’t done yet though, as she scored again on a single by Millburg after doubling the at-bat before in the top of the sixth. All told, the senior catcher would go 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two more driven in for the Lancers.
Millburg, who had two RBIs in the game, and Sidney Glick also had a pair of hits each for Lincolnwood, while Aubrey Jaros had a pair of base knocks for the Redskins.
Rainwater would strike out seven in her victory, with four walks and one unearned run allowed.
Jaros would end up with the loss for Nokomis allowing ten runs (seven earned) on six hits and five walks with one strikeout. Reaghan Jonas pitched the seventh for the Redskins, allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout.
The two teams will play again this Thursday, May 13, with the Lancers scheduled to be the home team.
Lincolnwood vs. Lanphier
The big win was one of two for the Lancers to start the week as they defeated Lanphier 16-2 on Monday, May 10 in Springfield.
The Lancers scored six times in the first inning to jump out to a big lead, but Lanphier answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
That would be the only blemish on starter Taryn Millburg’s ledger though as the freshman hurler allowed just one more hit over the next four innings.
At the plate, Lincolnwood gave Millburg plenty to work with as they scored 10 more runs over the next four innings. After making it 10-2 in the second, thanks in part to a two-run single by Millburg herself, Lincolnwood added three more runs in the top of the third. Cassie Krager would deal the big blow in that inning, with a double that scored Sidney Glick and Avery Pope after they started the inning with a walk and a hit by a pitch.
After a scoreless fourth, Lincolnwood put the finishing touches on the victory with three more runs as the Lancers snapped a two-game losing streak.
Millburg was solid on the mound, posting as many strikeouts (three) as she had hits allowed. She also had as many runs scored, hits and RBIs as she allowed on the mound as she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three more driven in.
Cassie Krager would also have two hits in the win, with three runs scored and four RBIS, while Sidney Glick and Avery Pope also scored thrice in the game.
In addition to their game with Nokomis on Thursday May 13, the Lancers are scheduled to play Calvary in a doubleheader on May 14 and Hillsboro on May 15, with all three games to be played in Raymond.
May 11 at Nokomis
Lincolnwood 420 041 11 9 1
Nokomis 001 000 1 5 2
L’wood IP R ER H K BB
Rainwater 6 1 0 5 7 4
Nokomis IP R ER H K BB
Jaros 5 10 7 6 1 5
Jonas 1 1 1 3 1 0
*Jaros 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Lincolnwood - Brittany Slightom 3-4, Sidney Glick 2-4, Taryn Millburg 2-4; Nokomis - Aubrey Jaros 2-3. 2B: Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1, Cassie Krager 1, Brittany Slightom 1. Runs: Lincolnwood - Brittany Slightom 3, Sidney Glick 2, Avery Pope 1, Cassie Krager 1, Marisa Webb 1, Katelyn Payne 1, Justine Seelbach 1; Nokomis - Mia Fesser 1. RBI: Lincolnwood - Brittany Slightom 2, Taryn Millburg 2, Marisa Webb 2, Avery Pope 1, Cassie Krager 1, Paige Rainwater 1, Katelyn Payne 1; Nokomis - Aubrey Jaros 1.
Record: Lincolnwood (6-2); Nokomis (4-3).
May 10 at Hillsboro
Lincolnwood 643 03 16 8 1
Lanphier 200 00 2 3 1
L’wood IP R ER H K BB
Millburg 5 2 1 3 3 1
Lanphier IP R ER H K BB
Jefferson 5 16 15 8 2 13
Multiple Hits: Lincolnwood - Taryn Millburg 3-3, Cassie Krager 2-3. 2B: Lincolnwood - Cassie Krager 2, Paige Rainwater 1. 3B: Lincolnwood - Brittany Slightom 1. Runs: Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 3, Avery Pope 3, Cassie Krager 3, Taryn Millburg 3, Brittany Slightom 2, Paige Rainwater 1, Marisa Webb 1. RBI: Lincolnwood - Cassie Krager 4, Taryn Millburg 3, Brittany Slightom 1, Paige Rainwater 1, Marisa Webb 1.
Record: Hillsboro (2-6, 0-3); Pana (7-2, 3-1).