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Outstanding spring season's winding down

Friday, April 25, 2008

(Above) Stephanie Jonson threw six innings while allowing six hits and just one earned run with eight strikeouts against IUPUI. (Below)?Brittaney Searing has hit .200 in 15 games for the Sycamores. Tony Harper photos.
The spring sports season is reaching the twilight stages for college athletes and the Wabash Valley has been well represented this year.

Softball, baseball and track and field have been best represented and Clay County has plenty to be proud of as you consider the efforts of their high school alumni.

Kayla Raderstorf capped a standout career at Northview High School last year and had perhaps the biggest moment of her young college career last week.

The freshman Rend Lake catcher smacked the game-winning hit in the eighth inning against Lake Land College at Mattoon, Ill.

The former Knight has split time at catcher this season for the Warriors who are now 11-9 in the Great Lakes Conference.

Through the team's first 30 games, Raderstorf has played in 14 games and batted 31 times with a .290 average with three RBI and four runs scored.

Her former teammates last season with the Knights have enjoyed some recent success for the Indiana State Sycamores.

After struggling to string together victories this year, ISU ran off 10 wins in 11 games before dropping a double header to IUPUI on Monday.

Stephanie Jonson had her most successful day on the mound in limited time this season. The freshman hurler threw six innings while allowing six hits and just one earned run and struck out eight. However, her offense couldn't get anything going either in a 2-1 defeat.

Her Northview teammate, Brittaney Searing saw some time in rightfield during the game and made one putout.

Jonson lowered her ERA to 7.68 after suffering a couple rough outings early in the season. She has made four appearances overall with nine strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Searing meanwhile has gotten more regular work in 15 games with six starts. She has hit .200 on the year with five hits in 25 at-bats.

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Chelsee Gerber has been a key part of the Pomeroys' 15-8 record into last week.

Gerber put together a 2-for-3 night at the plate in a 4-2 win on Tuesday against Lincoln Trail College.

Over the weekend she played leftfield and went 2-for-4 against Hannibal/LaGrange with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-5 defeat.

The former Clay City Eel has hit .358 with 14 runs scored and three RBI while batting mostly leadoff for the team.

Kari Bettenbrock has seen action in 19 games for Indiana University in her senior year after a standout career for Clay City.

She's hit .107 this year in 28 at-bats and has a game-winning home run to her credit for the 13-31 Hoosiers.


On the baseball diamond, the ISU team hasn't had any more success in consistently winning this year. The Sycamores haven't won more than two consecutive games all season.

Junior Brady Shoemaker has done his part at the plate however, hitting .324 this year with a team-high 47 RBI. He also has scored 27 times and has an on-base percentage of .429.

Last week against Ball State in a 14-13 loss, Shoemaker hit his fourth home run of the year and doubled as part of a four RBI night.

On April 19, Shoemaker blasted his fifth homerun in a 14-13 win against Evansville and drove in three more runs with two walks.

Tuesday evening, he helped lead the Sycamores to an 8-5 win over Miami University (Ohio) with a hit, two walks and was hit-by-pitch while scoring twice.

Former Northview Knight, John Reberger, is a member of the Vincennes University baseball team that has gone 28-13 this year, but is rehabbing following off-season surgery. He'll re-join the active roster next year.


The outdoor track and field season has also been a source of pride for area athletes.

Northview graduate and Hanover College freshman Andrea Thomas tied the school record in the pole vault at Rose-Hulman's Twilight Meet.

Thomas captured first place by clearing 9-5 to match a record set by Megan Ridge in the 2000 season.

In the same meet, Clay City grad and Engineers' sophomore, Sabrina Liechty, placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 84-1.

The week before at the annual Little State Meet, Liechty threw the shot 30-2 for 28th place and threw the javelin 85-2 for 13th overall.

In Louisville, Nikki Royer placed third in the pole vault for Indiana State University, clearing 11-5 .

Emily Pugh competed in the 3,000 meters at the Sea Ray Relays last week in Knoxville, Tennessee where she placed 20th overall with a time of 11:02.47.

The Little State Meet was held at the Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium on April 11-12.

Marian's Devon Chamberlain placed 31st in the 100 meters in a time of 11.63 for the Knights and was 47th in the 200 meters in 23.75.

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