December 6, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Dukeman, Martlage help SJO softball get back to winning streak

Challenging road games await the St. Joseph-Ogden High School softball team at the start of this week.


But the Spartans will carry a two-game win streak into Wednesday’s 4:30 p.m. Illini Prairie Conference game at Olympia after the Spartans easily won 17-0 in four innings last Wednesday at St. Thomas More in Illini Prairie play.


SJO (15-5, 4-2 Illini Prairie) scored in every inning during its convincing win at STM, with Sophie Martlage throwing a four-hit shutout.


The Spartans were scheduled to host nonconference foe Casey-Westfield this past Friday, but Casey-Westfield had to make up a conference game instead.


Hannah Dukeman went 3 for 3 with four RBI and a home run to go along with two stolen bases at STM, while Bailey Dowling also hit a home run and went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Claire Huffman (2 for 3, four RBI), Katie Poulter (2 for 2, two runs scored, RBI) and Raegan Crippen (2 for 4, two runs scored) also had multiple hits in helping SJO to a win.


The Spartans took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. Dukeman delivered an RBI single to plate SJO’s first run before Savannah Smith reached on an error, allowing Dukeman to score and put SJO up 2-0.

A sacrifice fly by Lauren Trankina, a two-run double by Huffman and Huffman coming around to score on a wild pitch gave SJO its six-run lead before STM batted.


An RBI single by Kaylee Ward in the second increased SJO’s lead to 7-0 before the Spartans broke the game open with an eight-run third inning.
Audrey Short walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second after a single by Crippen.

Aggressive base-running by Short and Crippen advanced them to second and third before Dowling grounded into a fielder’s choice to plate Short. Dukeman then drilled a three-run home run over the left field fence to give SJO a comfortable 11-0 lead.


With two outs, the Spartans mounted another scoring surge. Smith singled and came around to score on an RBI single by Poulter. A two-run single by Huffman and an RBI single by Short capped the scoring for the Spartans, who led 15-0 after three innings.


Dowling led off the fourth with a solo home run to right field and SJO capped its scoring when courtesy runner Kelsey Martlidge came around to score on an error to put SJO ahead 17-0.


Martlage scattered four hits in her four innings of work in the pitcher’s circle and struck out six while not walking a batter.


The Spartans will get back on the road for another Illini Prairie game at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Pontiac. SJO is slated to return home for a 4:30 p.m. Illini Prairie game on Thursday against Monticello before the Spartans host Meridian and Salt Fork in a triangular this Saturday that starts at 10 a.m.

Banner
Related Posts

Mabry, Stegall pace SJO boys’ cross-country to regional title; sectional meet up Saturday

October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School boys’ cross-country team has shown the capability it could win a state title all season....

SJO soccer on five-match win streak heading into regular-season finale; postseason starts Friday for Spartans

October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

Playing well into the first week of October is what all high school boys’ soccer programs in the state of...

SJO boys’ basketball stays unbeaten, wins Toyota of Danville Classic

December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School boys’ basketball program relied on stingy defense, balanced scoring at times and its Division I...

SJO girls’ basketball wins sectional title, advances to Elite Eight

February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ basketball team waited more than a decade to give the program another sectional title....

‘Genuine excitement’ for SJO football heading into 2019 season

August 29, 2019

August 29, 2019

Lofty expectations are attached to the St. Joseph-Ogden High School football team every year. This season is no different for...

Knott, Meyer win conference titles for SJO

May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

The Illini Prairie Conference track and field meet took place over two days because of inclement weather. But when it...

Burnett living out dream, signs with Illinois

June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

Throughout the years, the St. Joseph-Ogden High School baseball team has sent multiple players on to the next level. The...

Get to know… SJO Tennis Player Lily Rice

October 14, 2022

October 14, 2022

We asked SJO Tennis Player Lily Rice three questions. Here are her answers. Who is your favorite tennis player of...

Spartans learn postseason foe, lose close game at Charleston

May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

Playing for the first time in a week after inclement weather caused multiple postponements, the St. Joseph-Ogden High School baseball...

Showdown with Unity awaits for SJO baseball; Spartans earn top seed in postseason

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

The postseason is almost here for the St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team. And that doesn’t the Spartans are coasting into the...

Commitment pays off for Mattsey

December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

St. Joseph-Ogden Junior Brandon Mattsey is a leader. That is why his cross country coach Jason Retz, nominated him for...

SJO girls’ basketball vies for sectional title tonight

February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Win on Thursday night and the St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ basketball team achieves a milestone only one other team...

Rydell looks to the future

April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

Jackson Rydell’s first football season is his last football season. The senior is playing playing football for the first time...

Buss, Cain spark SJO football to homecoming win

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

All it takes sometimes is one play. One big play, in particular. The St. Joseph-Ogden High School football team turned...

SJO baseball on roll as Haley collects 300th career win

April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019

Some convincing wins have ensued recently for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School baseball team. And a historic win happened for...

Comments
Leave a Reply