Lady Redskins Face Tough Stretch Of 2021


It was a tough end to the week for the Nokomis softball team as the Lady Redskins went from 4-2 after Monday’s win against Calvary to 4-8 by the week’s end.

Two of those losses would come against Lincolnwood, who defeated Nokomis 11-1 on Tuesday and 11-8 on Thursday. Sandwiched in between was a loss to Gillespie by a 10-6 margin.

The Redskins hung with the Miners early, even leading 6-5 in the third before Gillespie scored three runs in the fourth and one run each in the fifth and sixth to secure the victory.

Nokomis scored twice in the first after Mia Fesser walked, Addison Dangbar was hit by a pitch and Aubrey Jaros singled to score Fesser. Dangbar would score three batters later on a wild pitch, but Nokomis’ lead didn’t last long as Gillespie rallied for three runs in the bottom of the first.

The Redskins retook the lead in the second, with the top of the order doing damage once again. With two outs in the second, Hailey Engelman singled and Mia Fesser was hit by a  pitch. Dangbar would put together a stellar seven-pitch at-bat that ended with the sophomore sending a full count over the center field wall for a home run.

No lead was comfortable on Wednesday though as Gillespie tied the game in the second, only to see Nokomis come back with a solo run in the third on a back-to-back-to-back singles by Kristen Stauder, Baylee Cesaretti and Hailey Engelman.

The trend would continue in the bottom of the fourth, with Gillespie taking the lead for good this time with a five-hit, three-run fourth inning that made it 8-6. Two more insurance runs would come in the fifth and sixth as the Miners picked up the win on their home field.

Nokomis was outhit 17-8 in the game, but the Redskins got big days from Dangbar, who went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs, and Jaros, who went 3-for-4 with a run driven in.

Seven of Nokomis’ eight hits came against Gillespie’s Megan Rife, who allowed six runs and struck out five in three innings. Sydney Bires would come on in relief and would be lights out, allowing just one hit and striking out nine to secure the victory.

Reaghan Jonas took the loss on the mound for Nokomis, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits and two walks. Jonas also struck out one batter in her six innings of work.


After a loss to Lincolnwood on Thursday, Nokomis hosted Greenville on Friday, May 14. The Comets would hit a grand slam in the first inning to help spark a seven-run frame and a 15-0 four inning victory.

Nicole Blumer went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, four of which came off the grand slam, which came in the fourth at-bat of the game. Blumer also reached on an error and scored three of the four times she was on base.

Greenville’s Kayla Sanders allowed just three hits, all singles, all in different innings. Aubrey Jaros would single in the first, Emma Hill would single in the second and Mia Fesser would single in the third as Nokomis sent no more than four batters to the plate in any inning.

Tri-City Tourney

Nokomis’ brutal run of seven games in six days continued with a doubleheader at the Tri-City Round Robin on Saturday, May 15. The Redskins would fall to the host team 15-0 in their first game and lost 15-4 to Warrensburg-Latham in the second.

Kelsey Bruno would toss a 10-strikeout, four-inning no-hitter for Tri-City, who co-ops with Sangamon Valley for softball. Bruno faced the minimum 12 batters in the win, with the only two base runners, Presley Mehochko and Emily Cress, both caught stealing after drawing walks to start off the first and third frames.

The Redskins would have a more successful day on offense against Warrensburg-Latham, but an eight-run fourth inning helped the Cardinals to a 15-4 win.

Nokomis led 3-0 after two innings, getting one run in the first off a pair of doubles by Addison Dangbar and Karli Wanger. Emma Sneddon drove in two more runs in the second on an RBI triple that plated Baylee Cesaretti and Hailey Engelman, who had singled earlier in the inning.

Warrensburg-Latham got their first lead with five runs in the bottom of the third, but Nokomis cut that lead to one with a solo run in the fourth when Engelman doubled and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Aubrey Jaros.

Disaster would strike after that, with the Cardinals adding an eight spot to their lead to make it 13-4. They would close out the game in the fifth inning with two more runs as the mercy rule came into play.

Hailey Engelman and Karli Wanger both had two hits apiece in the loss as Nokomis was outhit 16-8. Kora Speasl gave up four runs with seven strikeouts and two walks, while Reaghan Jones gave up 15 runs (eight earned) with one strikeout and two walks.

Nokomis will try to get back on track on Monday, May 17, when they host Taylorville, followed by games at home on May 18 against Father McGivney and on the road on May 19, against Macon Meridian.

May 14 at Nokomis

Greenville 742 2 15 11 0

Nokomis 000 0 0 3 6

Pitching Statistics

Greenville IP R ER H K BB

Sanders 4 0 0 3 6 0

Nokomis IP R ER H K BB

Jaros 1.1 10 3 5 2 4

Wanger 1.0 3 2 2 2 5

Dangbar 1.2 2 2 4 0 1

May 15 at Buffalo

Nokomis 000 0 0 0 2

Tri-City 453 3 15 17 0

Pitching Statistics

Nokomis IP R ER H K BB

Jaros 3.1 15 14 17 3 2

Tri-City IP R ER H K BB

Bruno 4 0 0 0 10 2

May 15 at Buffalo

Nokomis 120 10 4 8 7

W'burg-Lath 005 82 15 16 0

Pitching Statistics

Nokomis IP R ER H K BB

Jonas 4.1 15 8 16 1 2

W'burg-Lath IP R ER H K BB

Speasl 5 4 4 8 7 2

Nokomis Hitting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Hailey Engelman 2-2, Karli Wanger 2-3. 2B: Karli Wanger 1, Hailey Engelman 1, Addison Dangbar 1. 3B: Emma Sneddon 1.

Record: Nokomis (4-8).


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