Don’t ask Emily Senjan, a Litchfield graduate and Parkland College freshman, which she likes better, pitching or hitting.
She does not know. But, what is very clear is she is a major performer, being good as a pitcher and hitter, on a very good softball team. The Parkland Lady Cobras are 26-3. And Senjan? At the plate, she is posting a batting average of .323. On the hill, she has a record of 7-1.
“Both give me opportunities to contribute to our team and the game,” said Senjan. “I am honored to be playing for such a great team. None of us would be where we are without the coaches. I have some personal goals, but the main one is to help this team win a National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championship. The main number I pay attention to is our team record.”
In 31 trips to the plate, Senjan has ten hits, two of which are doubles and one is a homer. She has driven home nine runs, scored nine runs, walked three times and two stolen bases. To go along with the .323 batting average, she has .382 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .484.
On the hill, she has worked 40 innings, allowing 21 earned runs on 39 hits for a 3.68 earned run average. She has fanned 19 batters and walked 12 batters.
“During my sophomore year, I will have to make many decisions, mostly focusing on what school is best for me to continue my academics and athletic career,” said Senjan. “I want to thank my coaches for making this time go as smooth as possible. It has been extremely tough on everyone. They do everything they can to make us all feel like family. Right now, I narrow my focus down to one play or one batter at a time.”
Most recently, Parkland downed Mineral Area Community College in a twin bill. In the 12-3 victory, Senjan was the pitcher of record, working three innings. She did not allow a single earned run or hit and fanned two. With that victory, she improved to 7-1. In the 13-2 victory, she played right field. She was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Parkland ranked 16th in the country among NJCAA Division II teams, has won 10 games in a row. They are 5-1 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Katie Schaake (Hillsboro), a Lincoln Land Community College softball player, earned two pitching victories and smacked a homer in a game as well recently. In LLCC’s 11-1 victory over Lincoln College, Schaake allowed only one hit in four innings of work. She fanned four and walked two. That was her first win of the year. She was also LLCC’s pitcher of record in the 11-0 win over Spoon River College. In five innings of work, she allowed three hits. She struck out 12 batters and walked one. On the hill, she is 2-3.
Schaake also contributed heavily at the plate as she had a pair of multiple hit games against Spoon River. In the 11-0 victory, she was 3-for-3 with a homer and a double. She drove home two and scored twice. In the 9-1 LLCC win, she was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer. She scored three times and drove home three. LLCC is 12-9 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Sam Painter (Litchfield) was a member of Illinois Wesleyan University’s winning 400-meter relay at DePauw University Outdoor Quad, which was held at Blackstone Stadium in Greencastle, IN. Painter and his three Titan teammates crossed the finish line in 42.68 seconds. They were over a second ahead of the second place team, DePauw University. DePauw finished in :43.69. IWU took fourth in the team battle, scoring 116.5 points. Wabash College won the outing with 234.5 points.
Alex White (Hillsboro) took fifth in The Den Challenge, which was hosted by Heartland Community College and held at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. The Parkland College freshman was one of four Cobra golfers to finish in the top five. He shot a 151 for 36 holes. He opened with a 78 and shot a 73 in the second round. Parkland won the team title by 22 strokes. They shot a 602. Illinois Valley Community College took second with a 624.
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) won the shot put at the Washington University Invitational. The Greenville University thrower recorded a toss of 44 feet, 10.5 inches. He won the competition by over four feet as the second place competitor, Washington University’s Nolen Bowerman recorded a throw of 40-1.25 inches. Radtke was also seventh in both the hammer throw (101-7) and discus (104-7). Greenville took second with 42 points. Washington University took first with 116 points.
Billy Beckham (Litchfield) was 1-for-3 with a walk to help Lewis and Clark Community College down Parkland 7-4. Beckham scored once and stole a base. In the 12-5 loss to Parkland, he had a hit and a walk. He also walked in the 13-0 loss to Parkland. Lewis and Clark is 7-11 overall and 3-5 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Kaili Hanner (Hillsboro), a St. Louis University sophomore pitcher, worked two innings in SLU’s 15-0 loss to George Washington University. Hanner, who did not suffer the loss, allowed one earned run on three hits. She struck out one hitter and walked one. St. Louis is 6-19 overall and 1-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) competed in two events for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Rex Foster Track Complex, which was hosted by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Team scores were not kept. Huber took seventh in the 100-meter dash. breaking the tape in :13.20. She was even faster in the prelims, finishing in :12.80. In the 200-meter dash, she took 11th in :27.43.
Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) scored one run as her college team, Hannibal-LaGrange University, defeated Culver-Stockton College 3-2. Hannibal-LaGrange is 6-11 overall and 2-2 in the American Midwest Conference.
Jade Taylor (Litchfield), a Greenville women’s soccer player, started and played 21 minutes in Greenville’s 9-0 win over Eureka College. Greenville is 2-4 both overall and in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.