UI Softball season underway

My family and I went to see the opening game of the University of Illinois women’s softball season.  They faced the cross-town Parkland Cobras.  The energy was already high at Eichelberger Field when we got there in the third inning as the Illini were already up 5-0. 

I have to admit up front, this is my first UI softball game.  Never made it to a game last year.  After last night’s game, I see what I was missing.


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Starting pitcher Kacey Coonce had her stuff going allowing only 3 hits and no runs in 5 innings.  She also went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 rbis.

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Yeah, she’s big and burly… that’s Jenna Hall, last year’s All Big Ten selection for firstbase.  And in case you’re wondering why…

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…I think the look on the Parkland catcher says it all.  She’s watching the ball that Hall hit clear the right-centerfield fence. 

I enjoyed watching Hall.  She’s definitely a team leader, giving teammates encouragement, watching the game, always part of the action.  As for her performance, she was 3 for 3, with a homerun, double and 3 rbis.  Good job, Jenna.

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Jackelyn Diekemper came in relief with a 9-run lead.  She had a rough inning allowing 3 runs but I have to say she was fun to watch pitch.  She had a hard, fast pitch but was a bit off with her control last night.

As  it goes with two little ones, we had to leave early so we missed the 5 run sixth inning by the Illini.  Brooke Buzard shut down the Cobras in the final inning.  Final score:  Illini 14  Cobras 3

Congrats team!


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One Response to “UI Softball season underway”

  1. you girls are alsome kaceys is one of the best pitchers i know because she is my neace… it’s great but keep it up girls go UI

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