Warmer temps helping spring athletes heat up
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Warm temperatures this week welcomed athletes playing spring sports for area colleges. As inclement weather has subsided around the Wabash Valley, the ping of aluminum meeting horsehide has greeted baseball fans.
The ISU Sycamores have gotten back on track, winning four of their past six games.
Former Northview slugger, Brady Shoemaker is a big reason for ISU's surge and its 14-9 mark this year.
Shoemaker was a big part of a 23-3 pasting of Butler to begin their Sycamores' homestand.
The senior leftfielder blasted his second home run of the year as part of a five RBI game in which he went 3-for-4 and scored three runs.
MVC foe, Creighton came calling and took the first two games of the series as Shoemaker suffered an 0-for-7 stretch at the plate. But he bounced back in the final game of the series to gather a hit and an RBI in an 8-3 Sycamore victory.
The former Knight continued to surge at the plate for ISU in a mid-week tilt against Ball State on Wednesday where he blasted a pair of long balls in a 2-for-4 game with four RBIs and two runs scored with a walk.
This season, Shoemaker is second on the team with a .384 average and tops the team with a .616 slugging average and 53 total bases. He's driven in 21 runs and scored a team-high 25 runs.
At Vincennes University, little information is available on the squad, but in a 14-11 victory over Danville Area Community College on Wednesday, Northview graduate John Reberger hammered a round tripper to go with a double and four RBIs.
The Blazers followed that up with a doubleheader sweep of Sinclair, 10-2 and 9-1 on Thursday. The wins increased Vincennes' record to 21-10 this season.
Vincennes hosts Southeastern Illinois at 10 a.m. today followed by a 3 p.m. contest against St. Joseph's.
The Indiana State Sycamores are in the midst of a four-game losing streak this week following a sweep by visiting Missouri State. On Thursday evening, the Indiana Hoosiers were able to edge the Sycamores by a 5-4 score in eight innings.
Northview graduate, Stephanie Jonson, got into the IU game to play leftfield for the Sycamores.
For the season, the sophomore has played in 10 games for the 8-13 ISU squad and has one hit in 10 at-bats while scoring three runs and driving in two runners. She's also walked twice this season.
ISU gets back into Missouri Valley Conference play on Monday as their two-game set versus Bradley was pushed back to begin at 2 p.m. for the doubleheader.
Olney Central dropped to 11-14 overall and 6-6 in GRAC play this season with a pair of victories on Tuesday followed by two losses to John A. Logan on Thursday.
Northview's Traci Sanders and Clay City alum, Angie Camp are key members of the team.
Sanders has hit .385 this season through March 22 and has reached base nearly 42 percent of the time. She has six doubles in 52 at-bats and has driven in 10 runners while scoring eight times.
Over a five game stretch from March 18-22, Sanders went a combined 10-for-15 with scoring five times and driving in seven runs.
Camp has also excelled for the Blue Knights, hitting .340 this season in 14 games. She has 16 hits in 47 at-bats with six RBI and a .404 on-base percentage. Camp got off to a slow start this season, but has also surged of late.
The freshman has gone 12-for-26 over a six-game stretch and added a 3-for-4 day with a double in the second loss to John A. Logan.
Great Rivers Athletic Conference foe, Rend Lake College, improved to 6-14 overall by defeating Southwestern Illinois College in a doubleheader on Thursday, 2-0 and 4-2. The wins improve the Warriors to 3-5 in the conference. Northview graduate, Kayla Raderstorf is a sophomore for the Warriors and keyed the sweep over SWIC.
Raderstorf went 1-for-4 in a 2-0 win in game one and doubled home a run. In the second game, Raderstorf went 3-for-4 and drove home another run for the Warriors.
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Chelsee Gerber has helped the Pomeroys to a 10-10 mark through March 21.
In a March 21 doubleheader loss to Marian, which is currently 18-4 overall, Gerber was 1-for-3 in the second game with a run scored and a walk while playing rightfield.
The Pomeroys host St. Francis on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Indiana State is hosting its first outdoor track and field meet in five years this season with the majority of the events taking place today.
Action begins today at noon with Northview graduates, Nikki Royer and Emily Pugh likely to be in action.
Pugh is listed as a competitor in the 5,000 meters and is seeded third in the event behind Eastern Illinois' Caitlin Napoleoni and teammate Kayla Alexander, who is a Terre Haute South graduate.
Pugh's seed time in the event is 18:21.52 while Alexander boasts a time of 17:50.84 as the top seed.
NCAA National Indoor Champion, Kylie Hutson, a graduate of Terre Haute North is scheduled to compete in the pole vault on Saturday and is the top seed at 4.35 meters. Royer is also competing in the event and is seeded second at 3.70 meters.
The Western Indiana Conference will be well represented in the collegiate meet as Sullivan graduate and Sycamore standout, Erica Moore is slated to compete in the 100 hurdles where she is the second seed at 13.88. She is the top seed in the 400-meter hurdles at 57.03. Moore is also competing in the 4x400 relay and the javelin.
South Vermillion graduate, Julia Costello, also a Sycamore, is running in the 800 and 1,500 meters Costello has a seeded time of 4:49.62 in the 1,500 and 2:18.80 in the 800.
At the University of Southern Indiana, Cole Schroer, a Clay City grad, and John Latta, a Northview graduate, will open the outdoor season when they travel to Washington University in Cape Girardeau, MO from April 2-4.
Taylor University is competing at the Emory University Classic in Atlanta, GA this weekend. Adam Schroer, a Clay City graduate, is a sophomore member of the Trojans.
Rose-Hulman's Jordan Maurer tied for fifth in the pole vault at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet on March 21. He cleared 11-0 ¼ for the Engineers.
Hanover's Andrea Thomas, a Northview graduate, begins the outdoor track and field season today at the Hanover Invitational beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Marian College headed to Crawfordsville to get an early jump in outdoor competition on March 21.
Northview alumni Devon Chamberlain, was part of the winning 4x200 relay squad that finished in 1:41.56.
The Knights' outdoor season continues with today's Edmonds Invitational in Rensselaer.
At Vincennes University, Neil Vanatti is listed as a member of the Blazers track and field squad, but no results are listed for the 2009 indoor season.
The outdoor season begins today with a trip to Indiana Wesleyan.