Two former Kenosha County softball standouts were right in the middle of the action for an historic Concordia victory Sunday afternoon.
And now both Wilmot graduate Sam Schloegl and St. Joseph graduate Becky Bonnin can call themselves a conference champion.
Concordia clinched its first ever Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title with victories of 12-5 in nine innings and 6-3 over visiting Rockford.
The victory improved Concordia to 24-9 overall and 19-3 in conference play heading into Thursday’s NACC Tournament game against either Marian or Dominican.
Schloegl, a junior outfielder who transferred to Concordia this season from Madison College, had three hits, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in the Game 1 victory.
Bonnin, a senior outfielder/catcher, had two hits and two runs scored.
The second game Sunday was the title clincher, and once again, both were key contributors. Schloegl had a hit, a run scored and a stolen base, while Bonnin collected two hits and a run scored.
For the season, Schloegl is batting .330 (31-for-94) with 28 runs scored, three doubles, four RBI and 13 stolen bases. Bonnin is batting .388 (31-for-80) with 20 runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI and four stolen bases.
Lavey at Louisville
Former Tremper baseball standout Justin Lavey continues to play a key role for one of the nation’s top Division I teams.
A junior infielder at Louisville, ranked seventh this week by DIbaseball.com, Lavey headed into play this week batting .257 for the Cardinals (36-for-140) with 20 runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI.
Lavey, who has played in all 44 of Louisville’s games to this point, including 36 starts, collected his second homer of the season Saturday in Louisville’s 15-3 win over Alabama A&M.
Louisville entered play this week at 35-9 overall and 15-6 in conference play.
Coming out of Tremper in 2016, Lavey was drafted in the 39th round by the Chicago White Sox. As a freshman at Louisville, he played in 26 games, including five starts, and collected a .345 batting average, with a home run and five RBI.
Last year, Lavey started 60 games and finished with a .248 batting average, three home runs, 33 RBI, 13 doubles and 31 runs scored.
success with Huskies
Northern Illinois sophomore softball player Kira Mickelson has put together a solid spring campaign for the Huskies.
The former Central standout enters the final weekend of the regular season third on the team in batting with a .331 average (41-for-124). Mickelson, a catcher/infielder on the Huskies’ roster, has scored 21 runs with six doubles, a triple, four home runs and 18 RBI.
Northern Illinois heads into a three-game series with Western Michigan at 24-22 overall and 9-8 in conference play.
Mickelson was a three-time letterwinner at Central and was named team most valuable player in 2015, helping the Falcons to the Division-1 state championship.
Lange helps Stritch
Former Indian Trail softball standout Karly Lange continues to post big numbers in her final collegiate season at Cardinal Stritch.
Lange, a senior shortstop, heads into this weekend’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament batting at a .360 clip for Stritch (40-for-111) with 33 runs scored, five doubles, four triples, three home runs and 19 RBI
In the first game of a doubleheader with Trinity Christian as part of Senior Weekend on April 24, Lange collected three hits, including a triple and a double. In the nightcap, she doubled home two runs.
Stritch (18-18, 10-12) won four of its last six games to earn the seventh seed in the CCAC field and faces second-seeded St. Francis at 11 a.m. Thursday.
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