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Sports Week of March 23, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baseball and softball regional assignments announced by Illinois High School Association

The baseball and softball regional assignments were announced Wednesday by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).

Both the Chester Yellow Jacket baseball and Lady Yellow Jacket softball will participate in the Class 2A state tournament which begins in May.

In baseball, the Yellow Jackets were assigned to the six-team Du Quoin regional. In addition to the host Indians and Yellow Jackets, the other four schools are Benton, Johnston City, West Frankfort and Zeigler Royalton Christopher.

The winner of the Du Quoin regional will advance to the Nashville sectional. The other three regionals feeding the Nashville sectional will be hosted by Anna Jonesboro, Carmi and Red Bud.

Meanwhile, the Lady Yellow Jacket softball team has been assigned to the five-team Nashville regional. In addition to the host Hornettes and Lady Yellow Jackets, the other three schools include Red Bud, Sparta and Waterloo (Gibault).

The winner of the Nashville regional will advance to the Carterville Regional. The other three regionals are hosted by Du Quoin, Eldorado and Vienna.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After falling behind early, Yellow Jackets erupt for 12 unanswered run to beat Warriors

After falling behind 2-0 early to the Steeleville Warriors Monday at the Gordon "Bud" Cohen Sports Complex, the Chester Yellow Jackets erupted for 12 unanswered runs en route to a 12-2 win.

Chester (2-3) was scheduled to head to Red Bud today for a 4:30pm meeting with the Musketeers but the game has been rained out.

The Warriors plated single runs in the first and second innings to take a quick 2-0 lead off Yellow Jacket starting pitcher Christian Mitchell. Both runs though were unearned.

The Yellow Jacket bats came alive over the next two innings as Chester scored seven runs in the third and tacked on five more in the fourth to build a 12-2 lead.

Chester kept the Warriors to extending the game in the fifth en route to the 10-run, shortgame win over Steeleville.

Mitchell picked up the win for Chester. The junior allowed no earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five in five innings of work.

Hunter Howie and Jordan Berner were each 2-for-4 with an RBI. Luke Hartman was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks.

Cody Eggemeyer (1-3, RBI), Austin Welge (1-2, 2RBI), Blake Eggemeyer (1-2, 3B, 3 RBI) and Jason Schwartz (1-1) each collected a hit in the win over the Warriors.

The Yellow Jackets collected 10 hits in the win and left seven men on base.

Steeleville scores three times to break tie and beat Lady Yellow Jackets 8-5

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket softball dropped their home opener Monday, losing 8-5 to the visiting Steeleville Lady Warriors at the Gordon "Bud" Cohen Sports Complex.

Chester (0-2) was scheduled to head to Red Bud today for a 4:30pm meeting with the Musketeers but the game has been rained out.

The Lady Warriors jumped to a quick 3-0 lead after the first inning.

Chester plated a single run in the bottom of the third to cut the Steeleville lead down to 3-1.

The Lady Warriors added two more in the top of the fourth before Chester tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Steeleville scored, what proved to be the game winner, in the top of the fifth as the Lady Warriors scored three times en route to the win.

Logan Colvis took the loss for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Haley Middendorf led Chester offensively by batting 3-for-4 with one RBI. Freshman Miah Mitchell was 2-for-4 at the plate.

Brea Braun, Mallory Westerman and Jenna Wahl were each 1-for-3.

Sidney Hood went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Lady Warriors to the win.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Yellow Jackets split final pair of games in Valle-Ste. Gen Baseball Tournament

The Chester Yellow Jacket baseball team wrapped up play in the Valle-Ste. Genevieve Opening Day Baseball Tournament by splitting a pair of games Saturday.

Chester (1-3) will host Steeleville this afternoon for the home opener at the Gordon "Bud" Cohen Sports Complex. Game time is 4:30pm.

In their first game Saturday, the Yellow Jackets lost to Father Tolton Catholic High School of Columbia, MO 6-4 in eight innings.

The Trailblazers took an early lead after scoring a single run in the top of the first. They would score two more times in the top of the sixth before Chester tied the game with three runs in the bottom half of the innings.

But in the eighth, the Trailblazers scored three times of pitcher Jack Weir, two of the runs were earned.

Chester answered with a single run in the bottom of the eight but dropped the game 6-4.

Weir took the loss pitching one inning, allowing two runs on two hits while walking two.

Austin Welge was 2-for-4 for the Yellow Jackets with a double. Jason Schwartz (1-5, RBI), Wyatt Ruehling (1-3) and Weir (1-1) each collected a hit in the loss.

Chester left 10 men on base in the loss and committed three errors.

In their final game of the tournament, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Crystal City Hornets 7-2.

Chester took the lead for good with four runs in the third. The Yellow Jackets added a single run in the fourth and two more in the sixth.

Crystal City scored their runs in the third and fourth innings.

Austin Welge picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets. The junior pitched six innings allowed four hits, two runs, struck out three and issued three walks. Chad Hasemeyer pitched an inning in relief and allowed two walks.

Jason Schwartz was 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Yellow Jackets. Luke Hartman (2B) and Jordan Berner (RBI) were each 1-for-4 while Welge was 1-for-3. Joe Stahlheber was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Christian Mitchell was 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Yellow Jacket senior Issiac Wingerter competes at EIU indoor track meet

Chester Yellow Jacket senior Issiac Wingerter participated Saturday in an indoor track meet hosted by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Boys track coach Scott Haxton said this was a Class "A" only meet.

Wingerter ran a personal best of :09.02 in the 60 meter high hurdles preliminaries. Then he turned in a performance of :09.04 in the finals which was good enough to finish fourth overall. The top eight medaled in the event.

With the fourth place finish, Wingerter has qualified for the 60m high hurdles at the Illinois Top Prep Indoor Championships this Friday at Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

"Issiac continually works hard and has set PRs in the 60m HH at every indoor meet has run so far this year," said Coach Haxton. "I look for him to be one of the best hurdlers in the area in both the 110's and 300's during the outdoor season."