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Two more wins on the season for Gillespie softball

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The Gillespie High School softball team earned a victory over the Greenville Comets on Monday, May 6, with a final score of 7-1.

Emma Gipson earned another win in the circle. Gipson worked for seven innings, allowing one run on zero hits and striking out five. Emma Wilfong took the loss for Greenville. Wilfong worked through four innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits.

Sadie Sholtis was dominant at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Ava Parish went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Lauren Bertagnolli went 1 for 3, picking up 1 RBI and 1 run plated.

The bottom half of the lineup came in clutch for Gillespie. Macie Wright and Lauren Schuckenbrock went 1 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs plated. Wrigley Releford went 1 for 2 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored and collected a walk. Gipson put a 1 in the hit column with a double. Bertagnolli swiped a stolen base against Greenville’s defense. Gillespie had a stellar night on defense, with zero errors committed.

The Gillespie softball team earned a 9-0 win over Hillsboro on Thursday, May 9.

Gipson had a strong showing on the mound and earned the win. The starting pitcher gave up four hits and no runs and struck out nine Hillsboro batters. Camp took the loss for Hillsboro, giving up six runs on seven hits.

Gipson carried the team offensively, going 3 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI from a homer to right field. Schuckenbrock went 2 for 4 at the plate with 2 runs plated. Addi Cox and Releford each collected 2 hits and 1 RBI in their winning efforts. Sholtis and Bertagnolli picked up a hit and 2 RBIs in the game. Delaney Taylor added a hit and a run to the mix.

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Gillespie softball wins regional championship, rides 14-game win streak

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The Gillespie softball team continue to ride a 14-game win streak through regionals with a 3-2 win over Southwestern on Tuesday, May 14 in the regional semifinals and a 14-2 win over Staunton on Saturday, May 18 to win the regional championship. 

Versus Southwestern, Emma Gipson earned yet another win in the circle for Gillespie. Gipson gave up two runs on four hits, striking out nine batters. Grace Strohbeck took the loss in the circle for Southwestern. Strohbeck surrendered three runs on four hits. 

Ava Parish had a hot bat in the leadoff spot, going 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored. Parish’s run scored came from a homer to left field during the bottom of the fifth. Macie Wright went 1 for 2 at the plate, with one run scored, drawing Gillespie’s only walk in the game. Paxton Reid and Gipson had a hit in their winning efforts. Wrigley Releford had an RBI on a sac fly during the bottom of the fifth. 

Gillespie ousted Staunton on Saturday, May 18, with a final score of 14-2 to capture the regional championship.

Gipson pocketed the win in the circle, giving up two runs on four hits over five innings of work. Gianna Bianco took the loss for Staunton. Bianco surrendered six runs on six hits. 

Bats were hot for Gillespie, with a total of sixteen hits in their winning efforts. Gipson went 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs and 1 walk. Sadie Sholtis was dynamic at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs plated. Sholtis homered to center field during the bottom of the second, adding two runs to Gillespie’s lead. 

Ava Parish went 2 for 2 at the top of the lineup with three runs scored, leading Gillespie in walks with two. Laci Shuckenbrock went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and one run scored. Wrigley Releford went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Lauren Bertagnolli and Wright each contributed a hit to the win. Reid went 2 for 3 at the plate. 

The winning streak continues for Gillespie. They are currently on a 14-game winning streak with an overall 28-4 record and will face Breese Mater Dei on Wednesday, May 22 in Greenville for the sectional semifinal.

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Miners baseball season concludes with loss in regional championship

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The Gillespie Miners season came to an end on Saturday, May 18 when the Miners fell to the Litchfield/Mt. Olive coop baseball team in the regional championship by a score of 0-6. The Miners end the season 24-9.

The Miners had built momentum leading up to Saturday’s loss sailing behind two wins over Calhoun and Hillsboro. Luke Shuckenbrock earned the win on the mound for Gillespie over Calhoun in the team’s last regular season game.

Shuckenbrock gave up three runs on six hits, striking out three over five innings of work. Brody Shaw briefly appeared on the mound for Gillespie in a relief performance, putting in two innings of work. Shaw had one strikeout in the save, giving up no hits and no runs. Cade Sievers pocketed the loss for Calhoun, giving up four runs on two hits. 

Bryce Buhs had a stellar night at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 4 RBIs, 1 run plated, and 1 base on balls. Buhs doubled during the third inning, driving in three runs, and then homered during the sixth. Bryce Honsbehn went 1 for 3 with one run scored and collected a walk. Tristen Wargo, Colin Griffith, and Shuckenbrock each had a hit in their winning efforts. Gillespie had a watchful eye at the plate with a collective six walks on the evening. 

Gillespie marched through their first regional game with a shutout win over Hillsboro on Wednesday, May 15, with a final score of 10-0. 

Wargo earned the win on the mound for Gillespie, going the distance. Wargo allowed zero runs on one hit, picking up seven strikeouts over five innings. Lentz took the loss for Hillsboro, giving up five runs over two-thirds innings. 

Wargo and Shuckenbrock were a dynamic duo in the 1 and 2 spots of the lineup. Wargo went 1 for 2 at the plate with 2 RBIs, 1 run scored, and 1 base on balls. Shuckenbrock went 1 for 1 with 2 RBIs, 2 runs plated, and 2 walks. Buhs and Griffith each had a hit in the win. Gillespie remained steadfast at the plate, drawing a total of eight walks.

The momentum died on Saturday when the Miners fell to Litchfield/Mt. Olive, 6-0. 

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Buhs took the loss for Gillespie, giving up six runs on 11 hits and striking out six. Ethan Saathoff earned the win for Litchfield/Mt. Olive. 

Gillespie could only muster up one hit against the Litchfield/Mt. Olive pitching staff. Griffith was alone in the hit column. The Miners drew three walks in the afternoon game with Wargo leading the pack with two. Litchfield/Mt. Olive advances to play Pleasant Plains in the sectional semifinals.

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Gillespie Softball extends their win streak

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The Gillespie High School softball team earned a win against the Calhoun Warriors on Friday, May 10, with a final score of 9-4. 

Emma Gipson earned another win in the circle for Gillespie. Gipson gave up four runs on five hits, striking out six through seven innings of work. Audrey Gilman pocketed the loss for Calhoun. Gilman threw through two-thirds innings, giving up five runs over no hits and walking 10 Gillespie batters. 

Gillespie had a hot night at the plate, with a collective 11 hits on the night. Paxton Reid had a spectacular night at the plate, going 2 for 3 with one run plated, one RBI, and drawing two walks. Laci Shuckenbrock and Delaney Taylor went 2 for 4 in the game with a collective 3 RBI. Ava Parish went 2 for 5 at the plate, with one run plated. Gipson was on fire in the cleanup spot, going 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and 2 walks. Gipson homered during the seventh inning to add extra padding to Gillespie’s lead. 

Gillespie drew a total of 11 walks in the game. Lauren Bertagnolli led Gillespie in the walk column, pocketing three. Macie Wright and Wrigley Wright had a hit in their winning efforts. 

Gillespie extended their winning streak on Monday, May 13, with a 1-0 win over Pleasant Hill. 

It was a pitching duel, with 22 strikeouts in the game. Gipson had a showstopping performance in the circle for Gillespie, allowing zero runs on three hits and striking out eleven. McKinley Lowe took the loss for Pleasant Hill, surrendering one run on four hits and striking out 11. 

The Gillespie softball team could only muster up four hits in their win against Pleasant Hill. Wright went 1 for 3 at the plate with one RBI. Parish, Reid, and Gipson went 1 for 3 in the game. Sadie Sholtis and Shuckenbrock drew a walk each against Pleasant Hill’s pitching staff.

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