The past five weeks have been a continuation of a roller-coaster ride for the Chester High School Lady Jacket softball team. Weather has been a major contributing factor, with seven of 17 games rained out. Otherwise, the Jackets have won five and lost five.
CHS traveled to Red Bud Monday, April 4, but was rained out Wednesday, April 6, at Dupo.
Red Bud 6, Chester 1
In the loss, the Jackets fell behind early and failed to recover. CHS scored 1 run in the first, but the Lady Musketeers came back with a 4-run second inning. Red Bud scored on a Chester error, and added 3 more when Lyla Hess hit a double to advance three runners.
Danielle Schmitz was Red Bud's winning pitcher. She allowed just 1 run on 5 hits in her seven innings, with only 1 walk. Emma Eggemeyer took the loss for CHS even though she struck out 10 batters. The Musketeers got 8 hits and 6 runs. Crewe Wagner, Addison Dilley and Lyla Hess each had multiple hits for Red Bud. Ashlyn Colvis was 3-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Jackets.
Three of four games in Week 5 were rained out -- Elverado, Sparta and Nashville. Chester hosted Wesclin Thursday, April 14.
Chester 9, Wesclin 5
The Lady Jackets got things going early with a 6-run first inning. Colvis singled on a 3-2 count to score 2 runs and banged a home run in the second to get CHS a 7-0 lead.
Eggemeyer led the team on the pitcher's mound, and an army of Lady Jackets did their job at the plate as Chester accumulated 11 hits behind the hitting of Colvis, Kylie Fortner, Kinsli McCartney and Elaina Lutman. Fortner went 3-of-4 at the plate to pace the Jackets. Wesclin's Lexie Oster led the Warriors with 2 hits.
Chester met Nashville Monday, April 18, in a rescheduled game and hosted Carlyle Tuesday, April 19. New Athens and Waterloo were rained out Wednesday, April 20, and Friday, April 22. Saturday the Lady Jackets lost to Benton at the Sparta Tournament.
Nashville 12, Chester 2
Former River-to-River Mississippi Division foes the Nashville Lady Hornets stung hard, fast and early in the nonconference game Monday, April 18, at Nashville.
The Hornets scored 3 runs in the first inning and 2 in the second to lead 5-1. After a stalemate in the third, Nashville struck again in the fourth with 3 more runs and 4 in the fifth to accumulate 12 runs to Chester's 2.
The Lady Hornets began the run-fest taking advantage of a Chester error in the first to score their first 2 runs. Their high-powered offense was impossible for CHS to corral. Emma Eberhart was the winning pitcher for Nashville. During her five-inning outing, she allowed just 3 hits, 2 runs and struck out 5 batters.
Eggemeyer had the loss for the Lady Jackets, giving up 12 runs on 9 hits.
Chester 1, Carlyle 0
The day after getting pounded by Nashville, the Lady Jackets bounced back Tuesday, April 19, at home to beat Cahokia Conference rival Carlyle 1-0. Pitching was the name of the game for both teams as Eggemeyer struck out 5 Lady Indian batters and Emma Meyer struck out 13 Chester batters.
In the win, Eggemeyer kept Carlyle scoreless, giving up 5 hits over eight innings. Chester's Lutman, Eggemeyer and Colvis got a hit apiece. The Jackets did not commit an error in the win as Colvis had 9 opportunities in the field, making good on each of them.
The score was knotted at 0-0 until the bottom of the extra eighth inning when Chester's Fortner stole home from third.
"We got a big conference win today. I am proud to say we played 8 innings of errorless ball. It was a defensive battle for both teams," said Coach Ryan Petrowske.
"The game was a great team effort in which every player contributed. Even the three injured players on the bench helped out. All of the girls were solid on defense today and Emma Eggemeyer was once again a force in the pitching circle," Petrowske said.
Benton 10, Chester 7
The Lady Jackets fought hard and looked good on paper, outhitting the Lady Rangers 10-3, but an early Benton lead made it hard for Chester to recover.
Benton scored 3 in the bottom of the first. The Jackets answered with 1 in the top of the second and another in the fourth to trail 3-2. The bottom of the fourth was a real blow to CHS, however, as Benton added 5 runs.
In the fifth, Chester struck back with 4 runs, but the Rangers retaliated with 2 more to take a 10-6 lead. In the top of the sixth, CHS scored again, but it was too little, too late.
Chester's big 4-run inning was driven by Courtney Welton, who got a single to start things off. Colvis then put a ball in play that resulted in an error. Camrynn Luthy followed with a double.
Emily Melvin got the win for Benton; Braelyn Miller came in for two innings of relief. Colvis took the loss for the Lady Jackets.
Lutman, Colvis and Eggemeyer each had multiple hits. Lutman led Chester with 3 hits in three at-bats. CHS stole bases 4 times, led by Fortner with 2 steals.
Chester played two Cahokia Conference games in Week 7: Okawville Tuesday, April 26, on the road and Red Bud at home Thursday, April 28. The Steeleville Tournament was rained out.
Chester 6, Okawville 4
The Lady Jackets scored 1 run in the first inning on a Colvis double and added a run in the third to lead 2-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Okawville scored 3 to take a brief 3-2 lead.
The Jackets didn't stay dormant for long, scoring 2 runs in the fifth and 1 in the both the sixth and seventh innings to lead 6-3. The Lady Rockets scored 1 in the 7th, but the Jackets held on for the 7-4 win.
Eggemeyer was the winning pitcher, throwing all seven innings, allowing just 4 runs on 3 hits and striking out 6. The YellowJackets recorded 10 hits created by Lutman, Eggemeyer and Colvis with 2 apiece, and Fortner, Luthy, Anna Childs, and McCartney with 1 each. The Jackets also had RBI's from Luthy (2), Fortner (1), McCartney (1) and Murphy (1).
Red Bud 7, Chester 2
Chester hosted Cahokia Conference foe Red Bud Thursday, April 28. The first inning was a 0-0 lock, but the Lady Musketeers went crazy in the top of the second and scored 6 runs behind a Katie Schneider single, a Grace Wallace walk, a double by Crewe Wagner and a single by Addison Dilley.
Olivia Geralds got the win for Red Bud. She pitched all seven innings, allowing only 2 Chester runs on 5 hits. She also struck out 11.
Eggemeyer took the loss for Chester, allowing 8 hits and 7 runs. Eggemeyer struck out 9 Musketeer batters. The Lady Jackets recorded just 5 hits; Lutman (2), Fortner (2), and Childs (1).
Week 8 featured games with Trico Monday, May 2; Sparta Tuesday, May 3, and a nonscheduled game at Ste. Genevieve Wednesday, May 4. The scheduled game with Wesclin Thursday, May 5, was rained out.
Trico 17, Chester 0
The Trico Lady Pioneers came to Chester's Cohen Field Monday, May 2, and very rudely shut out the Lady Jackets 17-0. Trico took a 1-0 lead in the first on a CHS error and never looked back.
A 9-run second inning followed by a 5-run third inning devastated the Jackets, down by 15-0. To add insult to injury, the Lady Pioneers scored 2 more runs in the 4th to win the game. CHS only recorded two hits: Kylie Fortner (1) and Elaina Lutman (1).
Madi Rathort was the winning pitcher for Trico. She struck out 3 in her three innings on the mound. Josie Wettig relieved Rathort for one inning.
Eggemeyer had the loss for CHS, allowing 14 hits and 17 runs. She struck out 4.
Chester 10, Sparta 0
After the tough loss the night before, the YellowJackets swarmed the Lady Bulldogs right from the first pitch and shut out Sparta 10-0. Colvis was perfect on the rubber, throwing a no-hitter and allowing no runs. She earned the win striking out 6 and walking just 1.
The Jackets scored in the first and third innings to lead 2-0, then followed up with a huge 5-run fourth.
The Lady Jackets offense recorded 9 hits from Eggemeyer (2), Lutman (2), Emma Murphy, Childs, Fortner, McCartney and Welton. Eggemeyer (3), Lutman (3), Fortner (2) and Childs combined for 9 RBI's.
Chester 10, Ste. Genevieve 4
The Lady Jackets traveled to Missouri Wednesday, May 5, bringing home a 10-4 nonconference win over the Ste. Genevieve Dragons.
The Jackets scored in the top of the first when Fortner scored on a passed ball, then held the Dragons scoreless for two innings.
In the bottom of the third, Ste. Gen took a brief 3-1 lead. Chester answered in the fourth inning with 4 runs to retake the lead, 5-3.
Both teams scored in the fifth, making it 6-4. Chester had another 4-run inning in the sixth to increase the lead to 10-4.
In the win, the Lady Jackets recorded 9 hits by Childs (2), Eggemeyer (2), Fortner (2), Luthy (1), Colvis (1) and Lutman (1). Eggemeyer and Fortner hit doubles. Childs, Eggemeyer, Fortner, and Lutman each had RBI's.