Times Sports Editor
The collegiate spring sports seasons have gotten underway for area teams that have headed to warmer climates to get the baseball and softball seasons started.
The Olney Central Blue Knights softball program has jumped out to a 6-1 start after a season opening trip to Alabama for tournament play.
Clay City graduate Angie Camp and Northview alum, Traci Sanders, were a big part of the early success.
After the Feb. 13 games were rained out, OCC played three games on Saturday, losing the first game to Columbia State 3-0 before rebounding to beat the host school, Northwest Shoals, 4-3 and then the Blue Knights beat Northeast Mississippi 7-2.
Against Columbia State, Sanders went 3-for-3 as Olney out hit the Chargers 6-4.
In the second game of the day against Northwest Shoals, the Knights struck early with three runs in the first inning. The Knights' Jordan Maurer reached on an error before Sanders doubled to drive in a run. Camp followed with an RBI single in the inning as well.
In the final game of the day against Northeast Mississippi Community College, OCC allowed nine hits in the game, but allowed just two runs. Sanders continued her strong afternoon with another RBI base hit.
Most recently the Knights traveled to Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky where they got a pair of forfeit wins on Saturday and then took a doubleheader from Lindsey Wilson's JV squad, 8-0 and 10-2.
Camp went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the opening game and Sanders ripped a grand slam in game two as part of a 2-for-4 game with five RBI.
Olney Central is back on the road this weekend with a trip to Dyersburg State Community College in Tennessee.
Currently Sanders is hitting .533 while slugging .867 with eight RBI while playing second base. Camp is hitting .357 with four RBI and is hitting .571 with runners in scoring position.
At Indiana State, former Northview standout Stephanie Jonson enters her junior season and figures to be an integral part of the Sycamore team. She has made the switch from pitcher to the outfield this season.
"Stephanie has done a great job of transitioning to the outfield after coming in as a pitcher," Head Coach Brenda Coldren said. "She is very athletic, has a strong arm and runs well. Offensively, she has tremendous power and a good eye. Stephanie has a positive influence on our team and is vocal on the field, and we can depend on her to get the job done."
Indiana State opened the season in Memphis last weekend and beat the host Tigers in the final game while posting a 1-3 mark. This weekend the Sycamores head to Nashville, TN for two games each today and Sunday.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College gets its season underway this weekend in Georgia at Shorter College. The program is coming off a 26-21 mark last season and a third-place finish in the USCAA National Invite Tournament.
Clay City graduate, Chelsee Gerber returns for her junior season with the Pomeroys.