Washington bashed the Pekin softball team April 12.



The Lady Panthers stroked 16 hits in an 11-3 Mid-Illini Conference drubbing of the Dragons at Mineral Springs Park.


Washington bashed the Pekin softball team April 12.

The Lady Panthers stroked 16 hits in an 11-3 Mid-Illini Conference drubbing of the Dragons at Mineral Springs Park.

Katie Megyesi led the Washington offense with four hits, including a triple, and five RBI.

Natalie Hamilton was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Brittany Miller and Brooke Dominguez both supplied two hits.

Shelby Lickiss and Miller also knocked in runs.

Lady Panther Montana Simmons evened her record after striking out seven and walking six.

Paige Ely finished up, beginning in the sixth inning.

Washington was ahead 7-1 after plating four runs in the top of the second inning.

Morton 6, WCHS 3
The Potters rallied with four runs in the top of the seventh inning April 14.

The heartbreaking loss at Jan Smith Field left Washington with a 2-2 Mid-Illini record.

All the runs were scored in the second inning until Morton’s outburst in its final at-bat.

In the seventh, the Potters used four consecutive one-out hits to tie the game and then wrestle a 4-3 lead.

Many of the singles just squeaked past Lady Panther infielders.

“They found our holes today,” WCHS head coach April Wenzel said.

An RBI groundout and Lady Panther error increased the deficit to three runs.

Washington was held to one hit over the last 3 2/3 innings by Morton relief pitcher Kellie Elbert.

The Lady Panthers had a couple scoring chances in the middle innings, but could not add to their advantage.

“Any time you face a good hitting team, you know you’re going to have to put runs on the board,” said Wenzel.

Washington countered a Potter two-run second with three tallies in the bottom half.

After Megyesi led off with a walk, Hamilton doubled to left field to set up two baserunners in scoring position with one out.

Alex Keeley cracked an RBI single to left field to halve the Lady Panther deficit.

The next batter, Jennica Hipes, smashed a two-run double to deep left to put Washington in front.

After Hipes was hit by a pitch with one out in the fourth, Morton starter Tori Nimmo was removed.

The only Lady Panther hit over the final five innings was a Cassie Reed single to open the sixth.

Ely was charged with the loss. Going the distance, she did not issue a walk and struck out three Potters.

WCHS 14, Notre Dame 5
The Lady Panthers scored at will Monday in Peoria.

Washington (5-7) won for the third time in its last four games after posting four runs in each of the first three innings.

Hamilton was 3-for-4, and Misselhorn and Megyesi added two hits apiece. The trio combined for five RBI, and Misselhorn and Hamilton doubled.

Emily Heuermann led the winners with three RBI, while Keeley also plated a teammate.

Pitchers Simmons and Jennica Slater combined for eight strikeouts and eight walks.