CCMS 8th graders edge G-SW

The Coal City eighth grade softball team defeated Gardner-South Wilmington in a 9-8 nail-biter on Thursday.

The score remained 1-1 through the second and third innings. In the top of the fourth, Gardner scored one run but Coal City was able to take back the lead when they put three more runs on the board, making the score 4-2 at the bottom of the fourth.

Gardner dug deep in the fifth inning scoring another three runs taking a 5-4 lead only for Coal City to tie it up with one run in the bottom of the fifth.

With the score tied 5-5, Coal City came out swinging in the sixth scoring four runs to take the lead for good. Gardner fell short only scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh falling one run short.

Coaler Lilly Gerrish led offensively with one run, two RBIs and went 3-for-4 at the plate. Rese Symons had two runs, one RBI and went 2-for-3. Caylee Lynn had one run, one RBI and went 2-for-4.

Beecher loss

On Wednesday, Coal City traveled to Beecher and lost 11-1.

Both teams started off slow however things started to heat up for Beecher in the bottom of the second inning when they took the lead 3-0. Coal City did get one run on the board in the top of the third but were no match for Beecher’s bats, scoring 8 runs to end the game in five innings per mercy rule.

Coal City pitcher Caylee Lynn pitched four innings and had four strikeout, gave up seven hits and four walks. Ava Mills relieved her but only pitched 0.2 innings and had one strikeout, gave up one hit and had two walks.

Coaler Ava Mills had a double and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Lexi Dearth had one run and went 1-for-2.

Pontiac putdown

On Tuesday, Coal City went head-to-head with Pontiac and defeated them 7-3.

It wasn’t the bats that won the game, it was the Coalers being smart at the plate, picking and choosing when to swing. Coal City had four batters that each walked twice, Caylee Lynn, Rese Symons, Ava Mills and Lilly Gerrish.

The game started slow with neither team scoring in the first inning but in the bottom of the second, Coal City scored three runs, taking the lead 3-0. Pontaic fought back scoring one run in the third and two runs in the fourth, tieing the game 3-3 but in the bottom of the fourth, Coal City scored three more runs stretching their lead. Pontiac couldn’t get another run on the board while Coal City scored one more run making the final, 7-3.

Coaler Leah Jensen went 2-for-2 at bat, one walk and three runs. Maggie Carlson went 1-for-3 and had one run.