Mt. Pleasant swept New London in varsity softball last night 7-1 and 13-1. Sami Goble and Mandy White were the winning pitchers. Goble hit a homerun and had 4 RBI’s, White and Natalie Booton went 2-4 at the plate in the first game. White was 3-3 in the second game, Lelsie Taylor hit a triple and inside the park homer. M.P. is 10-12 on the year and plays at Fairfield tonight in conference action.
Other area games: Burlington swept C.R. Xavier 3-0 and 2-1, #12 Keokuk beat Fairfield twice 7-0 and 13-0, Highland won over L&M 6-0, W. Burlington-Notre Dame 7 W. Branch 3.
Games tonight: Burlington at Pleasant Valley, L&M at Columbus, Wapello at Waco, W. Burlington-Notre Dame at Central Lee, Highland at #11 Mediapolis, IMS at WMU, Harmony at Danville, Holy Trinity at Cardinal, New London at Van Buren.
The MPHS baseball team travels to Fairfield to play a Southeast Conference double header tonight, KILJ-FM 105.5 will broadcast the first game of that twin bill starting at 5:30 p.m.
Area scores from last night: Central lee 9 Harmony 2, Notre Dame beat W. Burlington 14-3 and then the Falcons turned around and beat the Nikes 9-2 in the second game.
Games tonight: Danville at Lone Tree, #2 Van Buren at Highland, Pleasant Valley at Burlington, L&M at Keokuk (L&M was awarded a forfeit win Tuesday night over IMS after IMS used a pitcher 10 innings in a 1-0 win over the Falcons. Iowa rules allow a high school pitcher to only throw nine innings in a day)
Fairfield High School will be will be bringing back some familiar names to take over varsity coaching positions. Mike Schenck will return as head football coach to replace Jason Ganoe who held the position for one year. Schenck retired from teaching and coaching but will now return to head up the football program for the Trojans. Mick Flattery who was boys basketball coach for almost 20 years at FHS will now be the head girls basketball coach. Mick has served as a middle school boys coach since stepping down from the varsity boys position.
Waterloo West senior Jadyn Spencer became Iowa high school softball’s career leader in home runs in Waterloo West’s 7-2 victory over Linn-Mar in the second game of a double header in Waterloo Tuesday night.
Spencer’s first inning lead-off home run broke the old record of 49 held by North Polk’s Sammy Snygg (2005-09). For good measure, Spencer added her 51st career home run with a leadoff blast in the third inning. Waterloo West won the first game of the double header 9-0 with Spencer pitching a no-hitter in that contest.
Spencer, who was named the 2011 Gatorade Iowa Softball Player of the Year, tied Snygg’s record June 18 in Waterloo West’s 7-1 victory over Mid-Prairie at the Jack North Tournament in Des Moines.
Spencer, who has signed to play college softball at Alabama, leads the state with 14 home runs and walks (33). She is batting .607 with 29 RBI’s.
Fort Madison Community Hospital will host a Coaches Clinic on Saturday, June 25th. This free event is open to all area coaches – volunteer or employed – and will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the FMCH Conference Rooms.
The clinic will open with a keynote address from Dr. Eric Johnson, Western Illinois University, Men’s Soccer Coach. In 14 seasons at the helm of the Fighting Leatherneck men’s soccer program, Dr. Eric Johnson has led four teams to Summit League Tournament Championship and has seen his team receive a birth in the NCAA College Cup in four of the past six seasons.
Several topics will be covered throughout the day. The goal of the clinic is to provide coaches with the tools they need to help ensure the safety and health of all area student athletes.