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Tuesday, March 30, 2010  
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By Daniel L. Chamness
The Journal-Standard
Posted Mar 30, 2010 @ 11:36 PM

- — Last year, Elmhurst College pitcher Cody Boals delivered the first Bluejay win in the first game of the season. This year, it took the Orangeville grad a little longer, but like 2009, he delivered the first win from the mound for EC.

After Elmhurst lost its first six games, Boals took the hill and defeated St. Mary’s University 15-5 at the RussMatt Tournament in Chandler, Arizona. Boals, who pitched a complete game, allowed five earned runs on nine hits. He fanned eight batters and walked three.

While EC is 2-6, Boals has emerged unscathed. Boals (1-0) has allowed 11 earned runs on 19 hits for a 6.60 ERA. He has fanned 16 batters and walked nine in his 15 innings of work.

Freeport graduate Jessi Ditzler teamed with Brittany Storhoff to win the only match of the day in Edgewood College’s 6-1 loss to Saint Mary’s University. Ditzler and Storhoff, playing at number three doubles, defeated Andrea Allis and Killian Edwards 9-8, with a tiebreaker score of 7-5. Ditzler was winning her number four singles match when it began pouring, canceling the rest of the match. Ditzler won the first set 7-6 with a 7-4 tiebreaker. Ditzler and Abby Voight were tied 1-1 in the second set. Dakota grad Brittany Houghton, a Northern Illinois University track athlete, opened the outdoor portion of her season by taking third in the long jump at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Track Classic. Houghton recorded a leap of 17 feet, 4 inches. The NIU senior was also on the Huskies 1,600-meter relay team which took third with a time of of 3 minutes, 55.95 seconds. Team scores were not kept.

Ashford University won one game in a three-game series with Grand View University. Freeport grad Jordan Wakeley, an Ashford senior outfielder, was 2-for-4 in the lone Ashford win, a 7-6 victory. Wakeley scored one rund and drove home another. In a 7-5 loss to Grand View, former Aquin pitcher Nick St. Ores, also an Ashford senior, worked one inning. He didn’t allow a hit or run. The Ashford Saints are 3-19 overall and 1-7 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville lost four times at the Coe College Tournament, losing to College of St. Scholastica twice and Coe College twice. They lost 10-1 and 5-4 to St. Scholastica, while Coe beat UWP 9-3 and 3-2. Former West Carroll player Whitney Foltz, a Wisconsin-Platteville senior, had her best game in the 5-4 loss. Foltz was 2-for-4 and drove home one run. Wisconsin-Platteville is 7-9.

Upper Iowa University lost twice to Quincy University recently. In UIU’s 4-1 loss, Casey Coon was 2-for-4. Her sister, Karrie Coon, also a Freeport grad, had one run scored, a walk and a stolen base in the contest. They were both 1-for-3 in the second contest. Casey Coon, who also pitched, doubled. Casey Coon, who worked three innings, allowed three earned runs on seven hits. Casey Coon struck out one and did not get the decision. Upper Iowa is 5-3.

Loras College’s John Schroeder smacked a solo homer as Loras defeated Coe College 13-7. The Lena-Winslow grad finished 1-for-4, drove home three and scored three times. Loras is 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Former Dakota baseball player Curt Daughenbaugh was 2-for-4 as Rockford College lost a 10-3 decision to nationally ranked Carthage College. At the time of the contest, Carthage was ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III poll. Rockford is 5-4.

Pearl City grad Ryne Plager, a Carroll University pitcher, worked four innings in Carroll’s 5-0 loss to North Central College. Plager allowed four earned runs on six hits. He walked one batter. Plager slipped to 0-2, while Carroll is 2-6.

Lena-Winslow grad Brian McCabe, a Clarke College pitcher, has worked 1 1/3 innings this year and has allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks. Clarke is 11-10 overall and 2-3 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

The senior article has been pushed back. Butler University has advanced to the NCAA Division I Final Four and Willie Veasley, a Freeport grad, will be playing his final games in Indianapolis. The article will be postponed to give Veasley an opportunity to finish his senior season. Besides Veasley, the other seniors that recently finished their careers this winter include Dakota grad Ben Rayhorn (Judson University) and Galena grad Danny Kirst (Trinity International University). Rayhorn and Kirst played basketball. The three will be joined by Freeport grad Rahul Singh, who recently finished his swimming career at University of Illinois-Chicago, and Dakota grad Jesse Milks, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville wrestler.

This story appeared at http://www.journalstandard.com/sports/x1664784596/On-Campus-Report on March 30, 2010.

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