Make it two in a row for Illinois Wesleyan University sophomore centerfielder Jillian Runyon.
The former Tremont star was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-Great Lakes Region first team for the second straight season.
Runyon set IWU records this year with 55 stolen bases and 54 runs scored.
She’s also a star in the classroom.
Runyon was named to the Academic All-District 7 team for Division III softball by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, which placed her on the ballot for the organization’s Academic All-American Team.
District 7 includes schools in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
A student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on her team and have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade-point average to be eligible for COSIDA’s softball academic honors.
Runyon has a 3.65 GPA. She’s a biology major.
She was a three-sport star at Tremont, earning multiple honors in softball, volleyball and basketball.
Jesse gets an award
Greenville College junior shortstop Jesse Getz from Tremont was named to the D3baseball.com All-Central Region second team.
Getz led Greenville this season with a .405 batting average. He also led the Panthers in runs (52), hits (66), doubles (9), triples (2), home runs (9), on-base percentage (.492) and slugging percentage (.687).
Greenville (30-17) set a school record for victories and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Not a Normal day
Pekin’s baseball season came to an end Thursday when the Dragons lost 5-0 to host Normal West in the semifinals of the Class 4A Normal Regional.
It was an unproductive day at the plate for Pekin (6-18). The Dragons had just two hits -- singles by Ryan Webb in the top of the second and Michael Dickey in the third -- and fanned 12 times.
McCade Brown pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for Normal West (20-14), allowing two hits and striking out nine.
Caleb Jacobs replaced Brown on the mound when Pekin (6-18) was threatening to score with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Jacobs struck out the next two batters and retired the Dragons in the seventh.
Losing pitcher Nathan Righi went the distance. The Pekin sophomore allowed only five hits, but four of the five drove in runs.
Hope for the future
Pekin’s Hope Watts qualified for the Class 3A girls track and field state meet as a freshman.
That’s quite an accomplishment.
Watts didn’t have a great day at the meet -- her time of :13.61 seconds in the 100 was one of her slowest of the season -- but the experience of running on the blue track at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston should pay dividends.
“Hope was already a driven athlete. Now she has even more drive,” said Pekin coach Christina MacEwan. “That was a tough competition in the 100 at state. Fifty-five girls qualified for that event.”
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