Redbirds Play Lake Land Lakers in Fall Scrimmage
Sept. 20, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State softball team participated in its second fall scrimmage Wednesday evening at Marian Kneer Stadium, welcoming the Lake Land Lakers to Normal. No official score was kept, with situational game play occurring throughout the contest.
"We are continuing to make progress," head coach Melinda Fischer said. "I think we learn things, both from a positive and things we need to work on perspective, every time that we get out on that field. I am continually seeing improvement in all of our freshmen, and I really saw a great performance by Taylor Baxter. I was really pleased to see that. She really stepped up her game."
Baxter started the scrimmage in the circle for ISU, surrendering only a walk in her three-plus innings. The junior from Hannibal, Mo., struck out three Lakers batters on the evening. Freshmen Regan Romshek and Erin Rodriguez pitched the remainder of the game for the Redbirds.
Redshirt-junior Nichelle Harrison and Romshek led the Redbirds offensively with two hits apiece. Senior Elizabeth Kay and freshman Kaitlyn Knary each drove in two runs, while senior Lauren Kellar, freshman Hayley Marlier and Romshek each drove in one run apiece. Seniors and 2012 All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team selections Laura Canopy and Jhavon Hamilton made their fall debuts, with Hamilton slugging a triple in the first inning.
"As we gradually continue to get players back in to our lineup that have experience in our program, they are going to get their play back on track," Fischer said. "That is when we will make even more progress as a team."
The Redbirds will participate in a Parents' Day game Sunday, Sept. 23, before continuing their fall schedule Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 at the Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship at Champion Fields in Nomal.
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