The Washington softball team kept Limestone spinning its wheels April 20.



The Rockets temporarily remained the lone winless Mid-Illini Conference team left with a 4-0 defeat at Jan Smith Field.



The Lady Panthers won for the sixth time in its last nine games overall as Paige Ely whirled a shutout.


The Washington softball team kept Limestone spinning its wheels April 20.

The Rockets temporarily remained the lone winless Mid-Illini Conference team left with a 4-0 defeat at Jan Smith Field.

The Lady Panthers won for the sixth time in its last nine games overall as Paige Ely whirled a shutout.

Shelby Lickiss homered and led host Washington with two RBI.

Sarah Misselhorn was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Brittany Miller doubled and knocked in a run as well.

Katie Megyesi was the third Lady Panther with a two-base hit.

In Ely’s complete-game gem, she fanned seven and walked only one.

Metamora 7, WCHS 2
Heavy winds blew in from the outfield and made fly balls an adventure, but the gusts had no affect on Natalie Hamilton’s home run blast.

Hamilton drilled a line drive over the right field wall at Metamora April 21 to give the Lady Panthers a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, that was the last time they got in the scoreboard and they lost to the defending Class 3A state champions.

Washington (6-8, 3-3) struck first in the top of the first inning off Redbirds senior pitcher Cori Maloney.

“Cori got the ball up and she (Hamilton) hit it hard,” said Metamora coach Deric Linder. “She kept the ball down for the rest of the game, and she was able to pitch her game.”

With two outs in the top of the first inning, junior catcher Miller was hit by a pitch. She advanced to second base on a wild pitch.

Megyesi, a junior, hit a routine high pop fly in between first and second base. The ball got caught in the swirling wind and dropped for an infield hit, which scored the run.

Washington threatened to score again in the top of the sixth, but left two runners stranded. Metamora second baseman Maddie Anglin made a diving catch (with runners on first and second) to save a run for the second out in that inning.

Washington pitcher Ely gave up 16 hits and only walked one batter. She held onto a 2-1 lead until Metamora (13-5, 4-1) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Redbirds added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.

Just the stats: Through Monday, Washington is hitting .272 as a team with a staff ERA of 2.95.

Among players with at least 30 at-bats, Megyesi (.413), Hamilton (.400) and Miller (.341) all are batting better than .300.

Hamilton has the home run (three) and RBI (12) lead.

Megyesi has knocked in 10 runs. Lickiss has two round-trippers, and Megyesi, Miller and Cassie Reed also have gone deep.

Ely and Montana Simmons share the top spot in the circle with three victories. Ely, who has worked a team-high 64 2/3 innings, has a 2.95 ERA since 27 of the 49 runs charged to her are unearned.