Lady Ghosts keep hitting

Justin Miller
Ellen Pearson goes to bat for the Ghosts in a recent game.

The Illinois Valley Central Lady Ghosts’ softball team had a rough start to the week when they fell to Washington, 4-1, on the road April 11.

“We didn’t put our hits together in that game and made too many mental mistakes on defense,” coach Mike Berchtold said.

Jenna Noland took the mound and pitched 11 strikeouts during the game.

“Our pitching situation has been excellent,” Berchtold said. “We need to continue to be consistent though with how hard we play every day. I know the weather has a lot to do with that but we still need to give it our best every game.”

The team scored its only run in the third inning when Marci Fletcher reached base on an error and Ellen Pearson cracked a single to bring her around to score.

The team rebounded April 12 by dominating North Central Illinois Conference rival Spring Valley Hall, 11-1, at home.

Amy Berchtold started for IVC and shut down the Red Devils by giving up only two hits.

Hannah McCorkle helped the team’s offense by going two-for-three from the plate and Grace Gould also went two-for-three.

Fletcher chipped in by batting two-for-two for the day.

“We played pretty good in that game,” Berchtold said. “Hall is never an easy game but we played well.”

The Ghosts then took on Limestone on the road Wednesday and won a 3-2 decision.

Noland started for the Ghosts and pitched an 11-strikeout game.

In the third inning, Kathleen Gauwitz reached base on a single and was brought home when Pearson blasted an RBI single.

“We didn’t get a lot of hits in that game but we put them together,” Berchtold said. “Our team played a good game and that was one that could have gone either way.”

In the fourth inning, McCorkle crushed a double and reached home when Shelby Sutherland hit a clutch RBI single.

In the seventh inning, Gauwitz again reached on a single and then stole second.

Pearson then calmly stepped to the plate and blasted an RBI single.

The Ghosts next play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mendota.

“We’re going to have to bunt better,” Berchtold said. “We also need to improve our defense but we’re getting there. I’ve been using a lot of different lineups but pretty soon I’m going to have to come to a final decision. We still have girls competing for playing time, but that’s a good thing to have. It keeps everyone competitive.”