The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 13, 2014

Hilltoppers get past Tigers

BY JIMMY HARRIS sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — WESTVILLE — With timely hitting and good defense, the Schlarman Acadmy softball team ruined Westville’s senior day on Monday with a 10-4 win in Vermillion Valley Conference play.

Schlarman came out of the gates quickly and put four runs on the board with patience at the plate. Alexis Rangel came to the plate with bases loaded and drove the ball down the left field line for a three RBI double and then scored when Rachel Wallis got a single to give the Hilltoppers a 4-0 lead.

“I try to just see the ball and make good contact and I did that today,” Rangel said.

Westville came to bat in bottom of first and loaded the bases but Schlarman pitcher Maria Rangel got a grounder to third base for the force out and that kept momentum on the Hilltoppers side.

“We work hard on our defense and Maria does a great job for us and we played well today,” Alexis Rangel said.

The game was a tale of two sides as Schlarman got hits with runners in scoring position and Westville didn’t.

“We did a good job today of hitting and playing defense,” Schlarman coach Royce Mulholland said.

Schlarman continued to push runs across and got a home run from Elizabeth Hawkins to make the score 8-0 in the third inning.

Westville got two home runs today one from Ji’Cee Lacey and the other from Kylie Lesko.

“We had the right girls up to push the runs across, but today we just didn’t produce enough,” Westville coach Shawn Skinner said.

Westville continued to claw but couldn’t produce enough runs and fell 10-4.

Schlarman moves to 13-8 (10-4) and Westville falls to 7-13 (5-10). The Hilltoppers will play Armstrong-Potomac on Wednesday while the Tigers will take on Bismarck-Henning on Wednesday.