Softball teams catching on


Columbia’s Karsen Jany catches a fly ball during Monday’s home victory over Carlyle. For more photos from the game, go to

The high school softball schedule has reached its midway point, and a few local teams still have their sights set on winning seasons.

Columbia (10-6) won 7-3 at home over Carlyle on Monday. Taylor Holten homered and Julia Foster, Ava Khoury, Kelsey Ohlendorf and Sydney Sanderson all had two hits apiece.

On Wednesday, the Eagles won 10-3 over Wesclin. Kylie Cleveland, a U of I commit, went 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles. Holten, Kaitlyn Bearley and Sydney Sanderson all had two hits each.

On Thursday, Columbia won 11-6 over Civic Memorial. Khoury went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs.

Columbia dropped a 4-3 contest at Breese Central last Friday. Cleveland doubled and homered for the Eagles.

Last Wednesday, Columbia was held to five hits in a 5-0 loss to Edwardsville. 

Khoury leads the Eagles in hitting this season at .407 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. Foster is 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA in the pitching circle.

Columbia hosts O’Fallon on Friday.

Waterloo (10-6) dropped an 8-7 contest at Triad in a Mississippi Valley Conference showdown on Monday. Izzy Wahn had a hit and three RBIs for the Bulldogs.

On Wednesday, Waterloo won 15-0 at Mascoutah. Jane Kaniecki, a Saint Louis University commit, went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and five RBIs. Mia Miller struck out nine over four innings pitched.

On Saturday, Waterloo’s offense had a huge day at Collinsville. The Bulldogs won 13-4 and 22-16. Kaniecki went 8-for-9 on the day with five triples and eight runs scored.

The ‘Dogs also had fun with a strong wind blowing out during an 18-3 home victory over cross-town rival Gibault last Thursday. Kaniecki went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Tessa Stokes also homered for the Bulldogs. 

Last Wednesday, Waterloo won 5-2 over Jerseyville. Kaniecki and Stokes both homered in that win. 

Kaniecki leads Waterloo with a .614 average and .662 on base percentage this season to go along with 28 RBIs and 29 runs. Stokes has five home runs and 25 RBIs. Taylor Wilson is hitting .456 with 23 runs for the ‘Dogs, who host Breese Central for a Saturday doubleheader.

Valmeyer (6-3) lost a 3-1 contest at home Thursday to Lebanon. Lebanon pitcher Brooke Goetter allowed only two hits and also homered. Tinleigh Jakimauskas singled in Aspen Schmidt, who tripled, for Valmeyer’s only run.

The Pirates won 15-0 over Dupo on Tuesday, holding the Tigers to just two hits.

On Monday, Valmeyer won 10-4 at Chester. That was preceded by a 14-6 win vs. Red Bud on Friday.

Last Wednesday, the Pirates won 7-0 at Lebanon.

Schmidt (.577, nine RBIs), Brooke Miller (.500, 13 runs, nine RBIs) and Jakimauskas (.360, 11 RBIs) are among the top players this season for the Pirates.  

Gibault (0-6) is still seeking its first win. The Hawks lost 15-3 at Red Bud on Monday. Emma Schmidt homered for Gibault in the loss.

On Thursday, the Hawks lost 7-0 to Wesclin.

In last Thursday’s loss at Waterloo, senior multi-sport standout Maddie Davis collected her varsity hit in her first game for the Hawks. She is also playing goalie for the girls soccer team this spring.

Dupo (1-5) won 16-4 over Metro East Lutheran on Monday. Kyann Prater, who leads the Tigers in hitting this spring at .500 with seven RBIs, went 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs.

Lexi Curtis added a hit and four RBIs for the Tigers, who play next Tuesday at Lebanon. 

On Wednesday, the Tigers lost 19-5 to Red Bud. Steffany Stansch went 2-for-4 with a home run.

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