Lady Ghosts keep winning

Justin Miller
Shelby Sutherland makes a throw for the Illinois Valley Central Grey Ghosts as they take on Rockridge at home Wednesday.

The Illinois Valley Central Lady Ghosts started the week Wednesday when Rockridge came to town and IVC took an 11-8 decision.

“Our offense was excellent,” coach Mike Berchtold said. “We took a six-run lead in the game but they fought back with big hits. We didn’t do anything wrong defensively, they just hit the ball really well.”

Jenna Noland started for the Ghosts and struck out eight batters before being relieved by Amy Berchtold in the fifth inning.

In the second inning, Noland helped her own cause by crushing a two-run homerun that also scored Grace Gould and Ellen Pearson.

In the third inning, Marci Fletcher reached base on a double before Berchtold smacked a double of her own.

Pearson then hit a clutch RBI single and was followed by an RBI single from Gould.

In the fifth inning, Berchtold blasted a double before Pearson reached on a single.

Shelby Sutherland then calmly stepped up to the plate and belted an RBI single.

“We are playing pretty good as a team and giving ourselves a chance to win every game,” Berchtold said. “We’re getting good hitting and pitching almost every game.”

The team hosted North Central Illinois Conference rival Mendota Thursday and won, 5-0.

“We started Hannah Johnson and she had a great performance on the mound to pick up her first varsity win,” Berchtold said.

Johnson struck out three as she picked up the win.

Pearson helped the team by going three-for-four from the plate, including three RBIs and a two-run homerun in the seventh inning.

Hannah McCorkle chipped in by batting two-for-two at the plate and hitting two RBIs.

“The girls went out and played a great game to get the win,” Berchtold said. “That was a win that we really needed for the Conference.”

IVC (11-6, 4-1) next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Spring Valley Hall.

“If we are going to make a postseason run, then we need to have nine players that can execute the basic fundamentals of softball,” Berchtold said. “That includes running the bases, bunting and playing defense. We have a lot of good girls on this team so I think we will eventually get there.”