Fall Progress Continues with Scrimmage Against Lake Land
Stephanie Gallant
Stephanie Gallant

Sept. 19, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State softball team played in its only home fall exhibition game Wednesday night at Marian Kneer Stadium, taking on the Lake Land Lakers. No official score was kept, as situational play was used throughout the nine innings.

The Redbird offense was paced by Laura Canopy, Kolby Hoffman and Jordan de los Reyes, who registered two hits apiece. Stephanie Gallant slugged a home run for the Redbirds, while Hoffman tripled and doubled. Brittny Drish and Regan Romshek also notched doubles for the Redbirds, who tallied 13 hits overall.

Romshek, McKensie Vissering and Taylor Baxter each pitched 3.0 innings for ISU. It was the senior Baxter's performance that stood out the most to head coach Melinda Fischer, who feels that the 2013 All-MVC Second Team performer can take her game to a new level moving forward.



"Taylor's development is huge for us," Fischer said. "She didn't get a lot of pitching time her first two years, so I thought last season was her first real experience of what this level is all about on a consistent game-to-game basis. She responded well. She knew at the end of the year what she needed to do over the summer to be better, and she certainly has shown that in our two scrimmages. I thought she was dominant against Lake Land."

After two situation-based scrimmages, the Redbirds will play in four regulated games this coming weekend at the State Farm Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship. ISU will take on Valparaiso and Olivet Nazarene at 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, before squaring off against Heartland and Ball State at 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., Sunday. The competition will give Fischer a better view of how her squad may shape up leading into the 2014 season.

"I think it will give every player an opportunity to be in a situation where we will need some production, whether it's on the defensive end or offensive end," Fischer said. "We'll get a look at all of our pitching and catching possibilities. In a game situation, roles become more identified, and we'll see how we handle those roles."

The ICSC will take place at Champion Fields in Normal. In addition to Illinois State, Ball State, Bradley, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois-Springfield and Valparaiso will play four games over the two days. Olivet Nazarene will compete twice on Saturday only, while St. Xavier will play two times on Sunday.

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