Prep Notebook: Payson softball team searches for right combination in the circle

Posted: Mar. 28, 2013 3:14 am Updated: Apr. 18, 2013 4:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

The wet weather this spring isn't cooperating with Jeff Zanger's plans.

The Payson Seymour softball coach had planned on using a pitcher-by-committee method throughout March instead of just searching for one arm to replace Cheyanne Bowman, Payson's senior ace last season and Herald-Whig Player of the Year.

Zanger had four girls who he had planned on giving plenty of early-season innings so he could evaluate who his best options are, but the Lady Indians have played just two games so far.

"We are basically trying out pitchers in varsity games," Zanger said.

They did get a good sign in their season opener on March 19 when junior Skylar Brown limited Unity to one hit and one run and struck out two in Payson's 16-1 victory. Brown was an all-area performer at second base last season.

"That's what we're going to get from Skylar. It's going to have to be location and defense," Zanger said.

QND coach worried about cancellations: Poor weather conditions this spring have limited the Quincy Notre Dame softball team to just two games, and even after the weather improves, QND coach Eric Orne is concerned his team might run into cancellations.

QND isn't in a conference for softball, meaning QND might get bumped from some teams' plans.

"My concern right now is we're one of the few schools that's not in a conference, and these conference schools, their conference games have priority," Orne said. "I'm afraid at some point we might get bumped out of some makeup games simply because we're not in a conference."

More all-state honors for Lady Raiders: Jordan Frericks and Kassidy Gengenbacher, senior standouts for the Class 3A champion Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team, collected more all-state honors earlier this month when they were selected to the Chicago Sun-Times five-member 3A first-team all-state squad.

Frericks and Gengenbacher previously were named 3A first-team all-state honorees by the Associated Press. Frericks was a first-team 3A/4A selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, and Gengenbacher was a second-team selection.

Frericks averaged 16.4. points and eight rebounds per game for the 30-0 Lady Raiders while Gengenbacher averaged a team-best 17.7 points per game and shot 44 percent from 3-point range.


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