South Elgin graduate Sam Bolin was honored for her pitching excellence recently.
Bolin, now a sophomore at Culver-Stockton College, was named Heart of America Athletic Conference softball pitcher of the week for her performance in a 3-game stretch March 31-April 6.
Bolin, a 5-foot-6 right-handed pitcher, went 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA during the span. She helped the Wildcats go 4-2 against conference opponents during that particular week.
She pitched 17 ⅔ innings and allowed 23 hits and just 4 earned runs. She struck out 7 and walked 1 during the week.
Bolin threw a 5-hitter in a complete-game victory against Graceland and also hurled a 5-hit shutout against Avila University. Bolin earned the win against Benedictine, going 6⅔ innings.
Through midweek, Bolin was 8-7 in the circle with a 3.40 ERA. She has appeared in 18 games (13 starts) and has 5 complete games to go with 1 shutout. In 78⅓ innings, Bolin has struck out 36 and walked 25.
Culver-Stockton was 17-21 and 6-10 in conference play to start the week.
Perryman honored again: Elgin alum Hannah Perryman added to her ever-growing list of accolades recently.
Perryman, now a standout pitcher on the University of Missouri-St. Louis softball team, was recently named the Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the week after a masterful run of four outings.
Perryman went 4-0 during the stretch with a minuscule 0.56 ERA. In 25 innings of work in the four contests, Perryman struck out 55 batters and held the opposition to a .119 batting average.
She started the stretch with a 3-hit complete-game victory with 11 strikeouts against Lindenwood.
Perryman then pitched in both ends of a doubleheader against Bellarmine. In the two games, Perryman struck out 27 batters and allowed only 2 hits.
In the Game 1 opener, Perryman pitched 3 innings of relief and struck out eight. She came back to pitch the nightcap and fanned 19 in an 8-inning 2-0 victory.
She finished off the week with a 15-strikeout complete-game performance against Southern Indiana.
This was the fourth time this season that Perryman has earned league pitcher of the year honors and the ninth time in her UMSL career.
Through midweek, Perryman was 21-4 with a 0.98 ERA in 28 appearances (22 starts). She has 16 complete games, 6 shutouts and 2 saves. In 150⅓ innings of work, Perryman has allowed a scant 72 hits and 21 earned runs. She has an eye-opening 294 strikeouts against only 45 walks. In 521 at-bats, opponents are hitting only .138.
UM-St. Louis was 38-5 overall and 23-3 in conference play through midweek.
Posey at UIC: Cary-Grove graduate Alex Posey is a junior right-handed pitcher on the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team.
Posey, who stands 6-7, was 1-1 through midweek with a 3.65 ERA. He's made 17 relief appearances this year and has 1 save. In 12 ⅓ innings, Posey has allowed 8 hits and has 8 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting only .170 against him.
Harris at Villanova: Streamwood product Josh Harris again has been a workhorse in the Villanova baseball team's starting rotation. Through midweek, Harris had made 11 appearances, including a team-best 10 starts. He also leads the team in innings pitched at 54⅓. He's given up 67 hits and has 33 strikeouts. Harris is 3-5 this season with a 5.96 ERA for a Villanova team that is 12-24 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Romano at Miami-Ohio: Dundee-Crown graduate Jake Romano has started all 37 games he's appeared in this season for the Miami-Ohio baseball team.
Through midweek, Romano was hitting .252 with 37 hits in 147 at-bats. He's scored 24 runs and has 9 doubles, 4 triples and 12 RBI. Romano leads the team in walks with 20 and is second in at-bats. He also sports a .349 on-base percentage and leads the team with 13 stolen bases in 21 attempts. In the field, Romano has 117 putouts, 0 assists and 3 errors for a .975 fielding percentage. Miami-Ohio was 18-21 overall and 8-7 in conference play to start the week.
Wisniewski, McShane at Valpo: Huntley graduate Amanda Wisniewski continues to be a power presence in the Valparaiso University softball team's lineup.
Wisniewski belted a homer and drove in all of the team's runs in a recent 3-1 victory over Western Illinois in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Valpo, which was leading the Horizon League through midweek with a 9-4 mark, also won the second game.
Through midweek, Wisniewski was hitting .244 in 44 games. She has 31 hits in 127 at-bats and has scored 23 runs. She has 8 doubles and a team-best 10 home runs to go with 26 RBI. She's walked 17 times and has a .543 slugging percentage.
St. Edward graduate Tarah McShane also is a key contributor for Valpo. She has started all 43 games she's played in and is hitting .274 with 34 hits in 124 at-bats. McShane has 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 30 RBI to go with a .460 slugging percentage. In the field, she's made only 1 error in 150 chances (. 993 fielding percentage).
Valpo was 19-25 overall through midweek.
Locals contributing at Bradley: Bartlett graduate Greg Partyka was hitting .302 through midweek for the Bradley University baseball team. He has 38 hits in 126 at-bats. In addition to 5 doubles, Partyka has 5 homers and 33 RBI and is slugging .460.
Burlington Central graduate Austin Jarvis was hitting .241 for the Braves through midweek. He has 21 hits in 80 at-bats (4 doubles). Jarvis also has 15 RBI and 9 sacrifice hits. In the field, he's made only one error in 167 total chances (. 994 fielding percentage).
Bradley was 20-16 overall and 4-8 in Missouri Valley Conference play through Tuesday.
Huntley alums playing Division I: Huntley products Colin Lyman and Bryce Only are both playing baseball at the Division I level.
Lyman is hitting .293 for the Louisville baseball team. In 35 games, he has 22 hits in 75 at-bats and has scored 16 runs. Lyman has 13 RBI and is 8-for-10 in stolen-base attempts. He also has a .950 fielding percentage (1 error in 20 chances).
Louisville was 29-11 overall and 8-4 in conference play through midweek.
Only, who plays for Nebraska, is hitting .241 (in 18 contests) with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI. Nebraska was 26-16 and 8-4 in Big Ten Conference play through Tuesday.