Despite another stellar season, Central's Nall still looking to improve
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Despite another stellar season, Central's Nall still looking to improve

CAMP POINT, Ill. Jacey Nall remembers the disappointment in issuing her first walk of the season. It came in a West Central Conference game against West Hancock on April 25 -- more than 20 games into the season.

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Pence's first season as Illini West coach is also a learning experience
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Pence's first season as Illini West coach is also a learning experience

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Rodney Pence knew what it took to be a successful travel softball coach. When he became the Illini West softball coach in February, he realized he needed a different philosophy.

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All-Area Softball: Second team list and honorable mention

HONORABLE MENTION Allison Acklie, INF, Sr., Clark County Hailey Alsup, INF/P, Jr., Brown County Angela Anderson, C, Sr., North Shelby Kara Baker, INF, Jr., Highland Autumn Blackford, UTL, Soph., South Shelby Lynsie Boling, UTL, Jr., Mark Twain Aubry Boulw

First team All-Area softball capsules
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First team All-Area softball capsules

Jordan Brite, outfielder, Jr., Griggsville-Perry The stats: Brite handled most of the pitching duties for the Tornadoes this season, but she was a tough out at the plate. She batted .519 and 42 hits in 25 games. She scored 22 runs and drove in 26, and her

Bastian tabbed new Canton softball coach
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Bastian tabbed new Canton softball coach

CANTON, Mo. -- The Bastians are starting to take over the softball teams in Canton. The Canton School Board approved the hiring of Jonathan Bastian as the school's softball coach Thursday. His wife, Jordan, has spent the last three seasons as the head coac

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Chargers buried by barrage of homers in sectional final

KNOXVILLE -- The outfield fence was first a friend, then a foe, for Rockridge center fielder Ashley Minyard. Minyard staked the Rockets to a 1-0 lead in the Class 2A Knoxville Sectional softball championship game with a solo home run that bounced off the

Another one-run loss to Calhoun has controversial ending this time
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Another one-run loss to Calhoun has controversial ending this time

HARDIN, Ill. -- Central softball coach Amy Hilde-brand had a simple message for her team. "If you can look yourself in the mirror and know you gave it your all, that's all you can do," Hildebrand said. It was about all she could do to try to ease the disco

Unlikely hero Sirtak helps Illini West win sectional semifinal
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Unlikely hero Sirtak helps Illini West win sectional semifinal

KNOXVILLE -- Illini West junior Kelly Sirtak figured she would be an unlikely candidate to be the star of a Class 2A Knoxville Sectional softball semifinal on Thursday. Yet, it was Sirtak with the key, bottom-of-the-seventh hit leading to a thrilling 5-4 v

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Baalman overpowers Unity in sectional semifinal

HARDIN, Ill. -- The Unity softball team couldn't keep pace with Hardin Calhoun pitcher Grace Baalman on Thursday afternoon. Unity had only two hits against Baalman, who recorded 15 strikeouts and two walks during Calhoun's 14-0, six-inning Class 1A section

Hildebrand's homer only run for Central in semifinal victory
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Hildebrand's homer only run for Central in semifinal victory

HARDIN, Ill. -- Jacey Nall struck out 14 to help the Central softball team to a 1-0 victory over Springfield Calvary in Wednesday's Class 1A Calhoun Sectional semifinals. The Panthers (29-7) needed Nall's performance as they mustered just five hits. After