Queens of the diamond

Pictured, from left, Valmeyer softball players Brooke Miller and Mia McSchooler are all smiles following a recent win. 

The hits keep coming for local high school softball teams this spring.

Valmeyer (4-3) enjoyed an 8-6 win in 10 innings against rival New Athens last Tuesday. Brooke Miller struck out 14 in a complete game pitching effort and also had four hits. Mia McSchooler also had four hits for the Pirates. Peyton Similey added three hits and three RBIs and Kylie Eschmann with two hits and three RBIs.

Valmeyer battled Marissa on Tuesday, falling 15-0.

The Pirates host Steeleville on Thursday.

Miller is hitting .550 with four home runs and a 1.83 ERA on the mound. McSchooler is hitting .471 with eight runs and six stolen bases.

Waterloo (12-7) was riding high at 5-0 in Mississippi Valley Conference play prior to a 3-1 loss to Triad on Wednesday. Lilly Heck went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the ‘Dogs.

The Bulldogs won 10-4 over Jerseyville on Monday. Mia Miller went 4-for-4 in addition to picking up the pitching victory. Raelynn Melching homered and Kate Lindhorst went 2-for-3.

On Saturday, Waterloo lost to both Alton and Potosi, Mo. In the 6-2 loss to Alton, Lindhorst had a hit and two RBIs. In the 4-2 loss to Potosi, the ‘Dogs were held to three hits in nine innings.

On Friday, Waterloo posted an 8-3 win over Chester. Maddie Davis, Maddie Gummersheimer and Jada Voelker collected two hits each and Voelker picked up the complete game pitching win.

On Thursday, Waterloo notched a 4-1 victory in eight innings over conference foe Civic Memorial. Davis went 2-for-3 with a home run and Miller struck out 11 in a complete game.

Waterloo hosts Woodlawn on Saturday and Civic Memorial on Monday.

Davis is hitting .450 with a .548 on base percentage to lead the ‘Dogs. She has three home runs, 15 RBIs, 21 runs and seven stolen bases.

Miller is hitting .410 in addition to her 9-4 pitching mark and 2.34 ERA. Miller has 108 strikeouts in 83 and two-thirds innings pitched.

Columbia (11-4) lost 5-1 to Edwardsville on Wednesday, which was preceded by a 6-2 victory over Salem on Tuesday. Sam Augustine homered and struck out 10 in a complete game pitching effort Tuesday.

Columbia won 16-1 over Wood River last Tuesday. Karsen Jany went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, Jaylyn Brister went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Kaitlyn Bearley went 3-for-4 with three runs to pace the Eagles.

Columbia hosts Breese Central on Thursday before battling Centralia and Collinsville in Centralia this Saturday

Brister leads the Eagles in hitting at .469 with a .509 on base percentage, three home runs, 10 doubles, 12 RBIs and 14 runs. 

Jany is hitting .444 with three homers, 19 RBIs and 20 runs. 

Bearley is hitting .449 with two home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs. 

Augustine is 5-2 with a 1.28 ERA in the pitching circle.

Gibault (3-7) picked up its first victory of the season last Thursday over Bunker Hill, 8-1. Libby Mesch went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Emma Schmidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases for the Hawks.

The Hawks picked up two more wins Saturday at Althoff, winning 17-0 and 11-0. Schmidt had five hits on the day and Emma Steibel went 4-for-7 overall with six RBIs.

On Wednesday, Gibault suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Steeleville. Mesch homered for the Hawks.

Schmidt leads the Hawks in hitting at .556 with a .636 on base percentage and three homers. Mesch is hitting .407

Dupo (2-8) lost 8-6 to Lebanon on Tuesday. Steffany Stansch went 3-for-4 with a run.

The Tigers lost 16-6 at Wesclin last Wednesday. Kaylyn Woods went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases for the Tigers.

Last Tuesday, Dupo dropped a 5-0 contest to Marissa. The Tigers were held to just three hits.

Dupo plays Thursday at New Athens. 

Kyann Prater leads the Tigers in hitting at .414 with 10 stolen bases. Stansch is hitting .407 with a .500 on base percentage.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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