Illinois Valley Central’s softball team was shut out by Rockridge, 2-0, on the road April 18.

Illinois Valley Central’s softball team was shut out by Rockridge, 2-0, on the road April 18.

“They hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning to win that game,” coach Mike Berchtold said. “That was anybody’s game right up until the end.”

Jenna Noland pitched five strikeouts for the Ghosts during the game.

IVC’s offense could only muster one hit.

The Ghosts hosted Richwoods for a doubleheader Thursday and won the first game, 3-0.

“Hannah Johnson had a two-run single in the third to give us the lead,” Berchtold said. “That was a pretty good start to the week for us after the Rockridge game.”

Noland tossed 10 strikeouts as she picked up her sixth win of the season.

Grace Gould, Johnson and Rachel Grochowsky each had an RBI.

In the second game, the Ghosts won 8-7.

Johnson pitched and earned the win.

“That game went back and forth for us,” Berchtold said. “We got good production from different girls.”

Rachel Grochowsky batted two-for-three with a double and two RBIs and Gould went three-for-four from the plate with a double and three RBIs.

Ashley Borop racked up three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs.

The team beat Limestone Friday, 3-1.

“There was no score in the top of the seventh and Ashley Borop hit a three-run homerun for us with two outs and two strikes,” Berchtold said. “She works really hard for us and picked us up this week.”

The Lady Ghosts swept a doubleheader at Canton Saturday and kept the Little Giants from getting a run in either game.

“Grace got a suicide squeeze in the first inning to put us up, 1-0, in the first game that we went on to win, 4-0,” Berchtold said.

Noland struck out 18 batters in a dominant performance to start the day.

“She was really on that day,” Berchtold said. “She struck out almost every batter she faced.”

Gould went two-for-four with a double and two RBIs and Megan Connor batted in two runs with a two-for-three performance at the plate.

In the second game, Johnson struck out 10 batters during the 6-0 victory.

“Jenna and Hannah pretty much dominated for us over those games,” Berchtold said. “We had great defense and we had a good end to a good week. We have a five-game winning streak going, which is our best of the season so far.”

Lexi Patty cracked two hits with a double and one RBI.

“Right now, everybody is starting to contribute,” Berchtold said. “They are stepping up and hitting big hits when we need them to and playing good defense. That’s what it takes to win games and to make a run in the State tournament.”

The team next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Putnam County.

“For us to keep being competitive, we need to get leads and hold leads,” Berchtold said. “This week we got behind in some games and we fought our way back with big hits. The girls need to just believe in themselves and all the hard work that they have done will pay off.”