Charleston baseball scores 14 in win
CHARLESTON — The Charleston baseball team took advantage of the first day of weather to play in during the season. With the temperatures in the 60s, Charleston's bats came alive. The Trojans pounded out 14 runs on 11 hits and beat Rantoul 14-8 to improve to 6-3 on the season.
"First day all year it's been a hitters' day. You could feel the wind, the infield was fast. We swung the bats better than we have all year. That tells me we can hit. We swung a lot better than we had," Charleston coach Derrick Landrus said.
Blake Bonnstetter had a big day for Charleston. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up only two hits and didn't allow a run. He struck out five batters. At the plate, Bonnstetter was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.
"He was a triple shy of the cycle. He came in and he found it after 15 pitches, he hasn't pitched much for us this year, he was good and really settled things down," Landrus said. "The home run was to center and he hit it well. He had a big day for us."
Keagan Brady and Dayton Simpson each scored twice and Brady drove in a run, Luke Buescher scored four runs, Tyler Wood drove in three runs, Ethan Dow was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Seth Higgins was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Wes Harrell had an RBI and Cory Spour hit a double.
Mattoon softball comes back from down 7-0, beats Flora
FLORA — The Mattoon softball team found itself in a 7-0 hole to Flora in the fifth inning. But then the Green Wave didn't allow Flora to score again and Mattoon hit five home runs in the comeback attempt. Mattoon went on to win the game 15-7 to improve to 2-3 on the season. Flora is ranked No. 14 in Class 2A.
Grace McDowell and Bella Coffey each hit two home runs in the win and Bri Poehler added a home run for Mattoon in the comeback win.
"They fought hard and never gave up," Mattoon coach Hannah Dow said. "Now if we can just find the bats a little sooner so we don't have to keep digging ourselves out of a hole."
Charleston tennis falls to Olney
CHARLESTON — The Charleston tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to Olney on Wednesday.
Olney won all six singles point. Keegan Gowin pushed Felix Pajonk at No. 1 singles before losing a 7-2 tiebreaker in the third set.
In doubles, Paul Witto and Gage Gough won at No. 2 doubles 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Matt Chaney and Sam White won at No. 3 doubles 6-1, 6-3.
Charleston is 1-3 on the season.
"Our three losses are to Teutopolis, Mount Zion and Olney, which are three of the better teams in central Illinois, so I feel like the tough competition has been great for our team and we will use those experiences to continue to improve, learn and get better moving forward in the season," Charleston coach Craig Boone said.