By Tony Hooker
Maci Clodfelder stroked a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, and Alison Pangburn went 2-2 with a pair of walks and scored three times as Villa Grove defeated Tri County 6-2 on April 11. Chloe Reardon went 2-3, scored twice and drove in two to help the cause. Alex Brown earned the win, scattering eight hits and allowing two runs while fanning seven in a complete game effort.
Stunned by Chargers
Emma Bratten Noice went 4-4 with a home run, a pair of doubles and five RBI’s, but Champaign Centennial scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win an extra inning affair 9-8 on April 12. Alex Brown went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI’s and Chloe Reardon legged out a triple to help the cause. Brown took the loss, tossing 7.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs while striking out four.
Overrun by Redskins
Maci Clodfelder smacked a homer and drove in two, but Villa Grove’s bats were largely held in check by Sullivan pitching in a 5-2 loss on April 14. Emma Bratten-Noice shined in relief of starter Alex Brown, tossing three innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits and fanning five.
The top of the order led the way as Alison Pangburn went 4-5 with a homer, three RBI’s and five runs scored, Chloe Reardon doubled and scored three times, and Maci Clodfelder also went yard while going 2-5, driving in four runs as Villa Grove got back on the winning side, spanking Blue Ridge 12-4 on April 15. Olivia Jones chipped in by scoring twice. Alex Brown went the distance to earn the win, giving up four runs (three earned).
Bow to ALAH
The Blue Devils smacked a school record seven home runs, including 3 from Alison Pangburn, which ties Reagan Cheely and Madison Burwell’s school mark, but shoddy defense (11 errors) led to ten unearned runs in a 17-16 loss to the Knights on April 18. Maci Clodfelder went deep twice, and Alex Brown and Olivia Jones also did yard work for VGSB. Pangburn would finish the day 5-6 with five runs scored and four RBI’s, Jones would end the day with three RBI’s and Clodfelder knocked in two. Emma Bratten-Noice took the loss, surrendering eight runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings of work in relief of starter Alex Brown.
Alison Pangburn and Maci Clodfelder continued their torrid home run pace as each went deep in a 15-0 4 inning contest versus Heritage on April 20. Pangburn finished the game 2-4 with three RBI’s and three runs scored, and Clodfelder drove in a pair and scored once herself in the win. Alex Brown, Kaylee Arbuckle, Emma Bratten-Noice and Logan Lillard each scored twice to help the home team cause. Bratten-Noice earned the win, giving up three hits and fanning two in three innings of work.
Maci Clodfelder homered for the fifth straight game and Madison Hinds drove in three runs with a double as VGSB defeated Arcola 11-9 in the second game of an unusual double header on April 20. Six Blue Devil errors kept the game closer than it should have been for starter Alex Brown, but she kept her composure, striking out nine while scattering ten hits and allowing just four earned runs.
Alex Brown drove in three runs with a double, Kaylee Arbuckle knocked in two runs and doubled, and Chloe Reardon hit a pair of two baggers as Villa Grove took their show on the road, defeating Georgetown Ridge Farm 11-1 on April 21. Alison Pangburn, Maci Clodfelder and Emma Bratten-Noice each scored twice for Villa Grove. Logan Lillard got the win, allowing just one unearned run. Alex Brown pitched four innings of scoreless relief, fanning four.
Caught up in Storm
Cooper Clark went 2-3 and drove in three runs, but Villa Grove dropped a tight 11-7 contest to Salt Fork on April 7. Liam Barr and Luke Zimmerman each went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, and Brady Clodfelder was also 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Clark took the loss in relief of Clodfelder, giving up five earned runs in three innings of work.
Sam Bender went 2-3 and scored three runs, and Luke Zimmerman legged out a triple and drove in three in a 6-5 win over Tri County on April 11. Hunter Butts also scored a run for the Blue Devils. Bender earned the win by going 6-1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and striking out five. Cooper Clark walked one and fanned one in relief of Bender.
Cooper Clark made the best start of his young VGHS pitching career, throwing a three-hit shutout as Villa Grove defeated Fisher 13-0 on April 19. Clark fanned six and walked two in the win. Stars shined up and down the lineup for the Blue Devils, as every starter scored at least one run. Parker Stevens doubled and drove in three, Luke Zimmerman went 2-3 with a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored, as well. Peyton Smith doubled, drove in a run and scored a run, Sam Bender went 3-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored, and Clark and Tyler Wilson each scored twice to contribute to the attack.
Brady Clodfelder and Parker Knierem combined on a five-hit shutout as Villa Grove defeated Blue Ridge 5-0 on April 22. Clodfelder earned the win, scattering four hits over six innings of work while striking out four. Knierem picked up the save by striking out the side in the seventh. Gavin Kiser went 1-2 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI and Peyton Smith also doubled while going 2-3 and driving in a run. Jake Gilles scored twice for VGBB, and catcher Luke Zimmerman went 2-4 with a run scored.
VGHS Girls track and field
Carley Eads’ sixth place finish in the discus led the Blue Devils at the ALAH invitational, held on April 9. Ava Vollmer placed seventh in the shot put, Eads followed her teammate with an eighth place toss, Scarlett Howard ran eighth in the 800 meters, and Kirstyn Jones rounded out the Devils top ten competitors by finishing tenth in the discus.
Ava Vollmer finished second in the shot put to lead the VGHS effort at the Tuscola Open. Other top ten finishers include the 4×800 relay team of Scarlett Howard, Madison Logan, Kyleigh Price and Emma Buesing, who finished third. Howard’s seventh place finish in the 800, Emma Buesing finished seventh in the 1600, Carley Eads finished seventh in the discus and tenth in the shot put for VG.
VGHS Boy’s track and field
Braydon Dowler’s fourth place finish in the 200 highlighted Villa Grove’s effort at the ALAH invite on April 9. The 4×100 relay team of Mason Carter, Gunner Cline, Dowler and Nolan Morse finished fifth for the Blue Devils. Other top ten finishers included Connor Black’s sixth place effort in the shot put, Kyler Williams eighth place finish in the Long Jump, Mason Carter ran ninth in the 100m, and Kurt Zimmerman finished tenth in the 1600.
The 4×100 relay team of Mason Carter, Gunner Cline, Lane Rund and Braydon Dowler sprinted to a third place finish at the Tuscola Open, held on April 22. Other highlights included Dowler’s fourth place finish in the 200m, Rund’s fifth place effort in the 400m, Elijah Kiesel’s sixth place finish in the triple jump and ninth place finish in the long jump, and Kyler Williams eighth place triple jump and eighth place finish in the high jump. The 4×200 relay team of Dowler, Ryan Schlueter, Cline and Logan Turner earned sixth place finish, and the 4×800 relay squad, consisting of Austin Zoch, Chase White, Kurt Zimmerman and Isaac Horein raced to a seventh place finish.