WolfPack softball has shot at winning record

Clarion staff report

With three doubleheaders remaining before tournament play begins, the Madison College softball team has a chance to finish the season with a winning record – something that it hasn’t done since the 2007 season.

Madison College’s record is now 15-19 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Barring the rescheduling of any previous rainouts, the team has games left against Joliet Junior College on April 22 and McHenry College on April 26.

The WolfPack swept Joliet Junior College recently in both games of a doubleheader. It has yet to face McHenry this season.

Madison College has won six of its last 10 games and has reason for optimism as the post-season nears. The team’s pitchers are limiting its opponents to 2.56 earned runs a game, while its top three hitters are all batting above .340.

The team had been on a roll until losing three of four games to Rock Valley College played over the course of two days.

On April 17, the team split a doubleheader at home against Rock Valley, losing 13-2 and winning 4-2.

In the first game, Rock Valley hit well enough to win, but was aided by several WolfPack miscues. Madison College made four errors in the game, enabling Rock Valley to score nine unearned runs.

The second game was a different story. Although Rock Valley still hit the ball well, Madison College only committed one error and made enough plays to prevent any big innings.

Paige Giese led the WolfPack in that game with two hits and scored twice. She also pitched the win, allowing just one earned run on eight hits and one walk.

On April 18, the WolfPack traveled to Rock Valley and was swept 9-0 and 4-0. Madison College managed only two hits in the first game and five in the second, while Rock Valley pounded out nine hits in both games.

The WolfPack won both games of a doubleheader at Joliet Junior College on April 16, winning 9-4 and 5-2.  In game one, the WolfPack took control with a four-run fourth-inning that gave them a 5-2 lead. Brianna Wagner had three hits and scored once for Madison College, while Andrea Lawrence had two hits and scored twice.

In the second game, Madison College scored in each of the first four innings to go up 5-0 on its way to a 5-2 victory. Hailey Simpson had two doubles in the game, while Karlie Ganzer and Paige Giese had two hits.