Hornettes return home with third-place trophy

News-DemocratJune 2, 2013 

— Nashville sophomore pitcher Maci Ingram lost her no-hitter after giving up back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh inning, but she wasn't about to lose the game.

Ingram registered strikeouts for the final two outs as the Hornettes beat the (Peru) St. Bede Bruins 1-0 Sunday in the third-place game of the Class 2A State Softball Tournament at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

The Hornettes (37-5) ended their season on a winning note for the second straight year. They won the Class 2A state championship last year.

The Hornettes overcame the disappointment of a 3-2 semifinal loss to (Kankakee) Bishop McNamara and an extra day of waiting to play after the third-place contest was rained out Saturday.

Bishop McNamara beat Tremont 8-2 Sunday in the championship game, capping off a perfect 35-0 season.

The Bruins (18-6) took home the fourth-place trophy in their first appearance in the state tournament.

Ingram, who notched a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Teutopolis in the Ina Super-Sectional at Rend Lake College, finished with a two-hitter.

She struck out 14 -- one shy of the Class 2A tournament record of 15 set by (Savanna) West Carroll's Jordan Kasbohm against Piasa Southwestern in a semifinal game in 2009 --and walked none.

St. Pede pitcher Lainie Schweickert allowed five hits, while striking out 13 and walking three.

The Hornettes scored the lone run of the game in the third inning.

Emily Thompson walked with one out. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and she moved to third on a passed ball.

Thompson scored off a bunt single by Nicole Deering.

Nellie Snead went 2-for-3 with two singles for the Hornettes, while Hannah Yung and Jordi Harre each had a single.

Nashville's Shaye Harrre was walked twice, giving her sole possession of the state record for most walks in a season with 52. She moved out of a tie with Stacey Hermanson, who walked 50 times with Crystal Lake Central in 1992.

St. Bede had only two base runners before the seventh inning. Barbi Prokup struck out swinging with one out in the first inning, but made it to first on a wild pitch on the third strike. Abbey Nowakowski reached base on an error by the second baseman with two outs in the fifth.

In the seventh inning, pinch hitter Emmi Christensen singled up the middle with one out to break up Ingram's no-hitter.

Morgan Dean then singled to left field, putting the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Ingram struck out Tara Kunkel and Nowakowski to end the game.

The Hornettes will lose only two seniors --Shaye Harre and Deering -- to graduation.

They're big losses as Shaye Harre had 14 homers and 64 RBIs this season and Deering had 62 runs scored batting out of the leadoff spot.

Harre is headed to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, while Deering will attend Southeast Missouri State.

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