By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The Indiana State Sycamores have won six of the last seven games heading into today's road game at Eastern Illinois.
Senior leftfielder Brady Shoemaker had a successful series on the road at Northen Iowa last weekend.
The former Knight, went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the series finale, a 5-1 Sycamore victory.
Indiana State improved to 17-10 overall and 4-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference as Shoemaker has hit .386 over 101 at-bats with a team-high 33 runs scored and 25 RBI. This season he's also slugged .653 with 10 doubles and five home runs while reaching base in 52 percent of his at-bats.
The Sycamores return home for a three-game set against Bradley beginning on Friday at 3 p.m.
The Vincennes Trailblazers are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, which has improved their record to 20-10 overall this year through results of March 26.
Northview graduate, John Reberger, has been a big part of their success this year after redshirting last season following an injury.
Reberger has hit .282 this season in 18 games, 14 of them starts, while driving in 10 runs and walking 11 times. He's also scored seven runs as Vincennes has gone 10-1 at home this season.
Former Terre Haute South Brave, Cole Vicars, has hit .419 this season in 30 starts with a team-high 14 doubles and 37 runs driven in with 19 walks. On the mound, Vicars has four appearances with a 2.45 ERA.
Four Clay County athletes are currently playing collegiate softball.
The Olney Central Lady Blue Knights fell to 13-14 overall this season after dropping doubleheaders to 12th-ranked Wabash Valley (27-1 overall) and 19th-ranked Lake Land.
Northview graduate Traci Sanders has hit .359 though March in 64 at-bats for Olney Central.
Sanders has driven in 10 runs and has scored nine times for the Blue Knights and has six doubles and has reached base nearly 41 percent of the time.
Clay City graduate Angie Camp has hit at a .351 clip through March and has 26 hits in 74 at-bats and has nine RBI and has scored 15 times. Camp has been on base 37 percent of the time. The freshman went 6-for-12 over the final three games of March.
The Sycamores softball team has fallen into an eight-game losing streak after dropping a doubleheader on the road at Drake last weekend.
Indiana State is 8-17 overall and 2-8 in the MVC, but is looking for a turnaround in its fortunes when the Sycamores return home for a scheduled five-game homestand beginning today with a doubleheader against IUPUI at 3 p.m. followed by a pair of games against Creighton at 2 p.m. Friday and a noon contest on Saturday.
Former Northview Knight, Stephanie Jonson, struggled in Saturday's second game with an 0-for-3 day at the plate while playing centerfield. In the opening game, Jonson walked once in four at-bats.
This season, Jonson has played in 14 games and has gotten 20 at-bats where she's hit .150 and scored four times with two RBI.
Full season statistics weren't available for the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods softball team, but Clay City graduate Chelsee Gerber has had success for the Pomeroys this year.
On April 1, Gerber went 2-for-4 in the opening game against Marian College.
Gerber, a sophomore, scored once and drove home two runs while playing rightfield.
The Rend Lake Warriors got a 2-for-3 game at the plate from former Northview Knight, Kayla Raderstorf against Olney Central on March 30.
Raderstorf doubled and drove home a run in the contest and the Warriors are 8-19-2 overall with a 5-8-2 mark in the conference.
The Indiana State track and field teams continued their outdoor season at Eastern Illinois in the Big Blue Classic on Saturday.
In the pole vault, former Northview Knight, Nikki Royer, placed third for the Sycamores after clearing 11-7 ¾. Kylie Hutson matched her regional qualifying mark to win the event with a winning vault of 12-11 ½.
On Saturday, former Knight, Emily Pugh placed second in the 10,000 meters with a personal best time of 38:45.18.
Indiana State hits the road on Saturday for the Missouri Quadrangular that begins at 9 a.m.
The University of Southern Indiana track and field teams competed at the Washington Invitational over the weekend in St. Louis.
Clay City graduate, Cole Schroer competed for the Screaming Eagles, who placed 10th out of 21 teams.
Schroer placed 16th in the high jump by clearing 5-6 ½ and followed that by taking 19th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 19.57. Schroer's busy day continued with the 1,500 meters in which he ran a 4:36.48 to finish in 54th.
John Latta, a freshman for USI, finished seventh in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:02.81.
Taylor University sophomore, a former Clay City athlete, raced to a 26th place finish at the DePauw Invitational with a time of 16:36.20.
At St. Joseph's College, the Marian Knights' track and field teams competed at the Edmonds Invitational.
Devon Chamberlain, a former Northview Knight, competed in the 4x100 meter relay where his team raced to a time of 45.67.
Marian continues the outdoor season by hosting the Little State Meet on Saturday.