SJO softball finish regular season slate with another perfect week, begin regional play later this week.

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ softball team wrapped up the final week of the regular season this past week, and continued their winning ways that have served them for much of the season.

On Monday, the Spartans traveled to Tuscola to take on the Warriors, and came away with an 11-1 victory as Bailey Dowling led the SJO hit parade with four hits, four runs batted in, as well as a stolen base.  Allie Place also had three hits, while Frankie Izard and Emmy Graver had two hits apiece.  Kenzie Pence also had three stolen bases for the Spartans, who saw another sparkling game from Ashtyn Cromwell, who gave up four hits, including no walks and struck out five batters to earn the win. 

On Tuesday, the Spartans welcomed the Danville Vikings to town for their final regular season home game, and SJO earned the victory with a 12-2 win.  Sophia Martlage picked up her first varsity win in the circle for the Spartans, as they were dealing with a couple of injuries to their top two starters.  Kenzie Pence had four hits and three stolen bases, while Hannah Dukeman and Frankie Izard each had two hits, two runs batted in, and a stolen base apiece. 

On Thursday, the Spartans traveled to Clinton to battle the Maroons, and were 4-1 winners.

On Friday, SJO made the long trip to the Galesburg area with the hopes of playing three or four games against some very tough competition, but unfortunately, weather got in the way, and they were only able to get one game in. 

That win was against Sherrard, an 8-0 victory, as Bailey Dowling clubbed her 18th home run of the season, a 2-run shot.  Kenzie Pence also had two hits, two stolen bases and scored two runs, while Frankie Izard also had a pair of hits, scored two runs and drove in a run as well.  Ashtyn Cromwell won her 16th game of the season, pitching a one-hitter.

“When we scheduled the Galesburg tourney earlier in the season, we were much deeper in pitching than we were going into the tournament, so we really didn’t know what to expect”, SJO head coach Randy Wolken said before his team departed for Galesburg, but with all the rainouts in the tourney, the depth wasn’t really an issue after all.

This week will begin the post-season push towards Peoria, and with the Spartans (26-3) sitting very well as the regionals begin, they will have one final tune-up before getting into regional play, traveling to Charleston on Monday night to battle the Trojans, who are the top-ranked team in Class 3A.  The Spartans will play host to the Class 2A regional, and will play their first game in the tourney on Tuesday at 4:30, taking on the winner of the Westville-Georgetown-Ridge Farm game, which will be played on Monday afternoon in Georgetown.  Tolono Unity will get the winner of the Hoopeston Area at Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin winner, also played on Monday afternoon, on Wednesday.  The two winners of the semifinals will meet on Saturday morning for the chance to move on to the Gibson City-Melvin Sibley Sectional, which will be played next week. 

The Spartans also have a Thursday afternoon game at Mattoon scheduled during their regional play, more than likely to keep their team fresh during the lengthy layoff during their regional week. 

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