The College Report: Houchlei A Godsend For Blue Angels

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Shelby Houchlei, a Hillsboro graduate, is a Kaskaskia College freshman that is contributing,  not only at the plate, but on the hill as well. 

The KC Blue Angels thus far have posted an overall record of 12-9. Of those victories, the former Hiltopper has had a positive impact on 10 of the decisions. The hurler is 9-2 with one save. In 14 appearances, 10 of which are starts, she has worked 68 innings. She has allowed 23 earned runs on 50 hits for a 2.37 earned run average. She has fanned 68 batters and walked only 13. 

She has been earned the decision in the last four KC victories. In the most recent 19-9 triumph Southeastern Illinois College, Houchlei, who worked five innings, allowed one earned run on two hits. She fanned eight batters. It drove her victory count on the mound to nine. 

The 5-foot-6 freshman was also won both ends of a double header with Shawnee Community College. In the 12-3 victory, she worked four innings and allowed one hit. The freshman righty also struck out one hitter. In the 10-3 victory, she allowed two earned runs on four hits in seven innings. She fanned six hitters and walked one. 

“Shawnee was a fun day for us,” said Houchlei. “It is always fun to sweep a team and get two wins under your belt. I think we are shocking some people. Coach (John) Barnes has done an excellent job of turning this program around and I am happy to be part of it.”

Against John A. Logan Junior College, she gained her sixth victory of the year by working six innings in relief. She allowed three earned runs on eight hits. She fanned four and walked one. 

“The win over JAL was a prime example of just how intense softball can get,” said Houchlei. “Everyone was super excited that day. My pitching here has been helped by so much. Run support has been a plus, but so has this team in general. They are always behind me and they go through everything with me. My teammates are always talking to me and picking my head up. I think that has helped me the most.”

While most pitchers get to rest in the dugout, when their team is up to bat, this pitcher, who plays in the middle infield when she is not pitching, has been more than able to help her cause, and the Blue Angels win, at the plate. In those four wins, Houchlei had hits in three of the games. She had multiple hits in two  of the games and the one she did not, she homered. 

In the 12-3 win, she was 3-for-3 and drove home two runs. The freshman was 2-for-3 and scored once in the 10-3 victory. She only had one hit in the 19-9 victory over Southeastern Illinois, but it was a homer. She drove home four and scored once. 

Overall, Houchlei has a .405 batting average in the 18 games she has played in. In 42 trips to the plate, she has 17 hits, two of which are doubles and one is a homer. She has driven home 11 runs, scored eight times and walked three times. She has posted an on-base percentage of .457 and a slugging percentage of .524. 

“Before I got here, I put so much work to be successful,” said the freshman pitcher/infielder. “I did it so I would be successful.”

Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) was 2-for-3 as her college team, Hannibal-LaGrange University dumped University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis 10-3. Jacob scored one run. In the 5-4 loss to UHSP, she was 1-for-4 and drove home a run. Hannibal-LaGrange is 2-12 overall and 1-5 in the American Midwest Conference. 

Spencer Bloome (Litchfield) assisted Illinois College’s first goal, and ultimately the game winner, in their 4-0 win over Lincoln Christian University. The goal occurred at the 24:32 mark. Thus far this year, Bloome, a senior midfielder/defensive player, has one goal and one assist for three points. Illinois College is 1-4-1 overall.

Carter Sabol (Nokomis) and Ryan Janssen (Nokomis) have played for Lake Land College baseball team this year. Sabol, who has appeared in six games and made two starts is 0-1. In 10 1/3 innings of work, he has allowed 15 earned runs on 23 hits. He has fanned 12 and walked five. Janssen has played in one game and scored one run in that game. Lake Land is 11-14 overall and 1-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

Jordan Morgan (Litchfield) and Devan Morgan (Litchfield), both Illinois College soccer players, started in their first game of the year, a 3-1 victory over Iowa Wesleyan College. Jordan Morgan started at midfield and had one shot. Devan Morgan started on defense and had no stats. Abbi Jett (Hillsboro), also a freshman on the team, subbed in at midfielder. She did not have any stats. Illinois College is 1-0. 

Tess Saathoff (Hillsboro), Lexi Lusk (Hillsboro) and Aliese Greenwood (Hillsboro) and the rest of the Blackburn College Lady Beaver soccer team are looking for their first victory. They are 0-5. Thus far, all three players have started four games and played in all five games. Greenwood, a senior defensive player, Lusk, a sophomore forward, and Saathoff, a sophomore midfielder, have no stats.

Austin Marburger (Litchfield) has started all four of Eureka College’s men’s soccer games. Eureka is 0-4 both overall and in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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