By JACKSON WILSON
The middle school softball season got underway with a weekend tournament in Gillespie Aug. 5.
Eight teams participated, including Gillespie, Carlinville and North Mac.
Gillespie placed third overall, beating Nokomis 11-2 and rebounding from a 6-0 loss against runner-up Triad. The Indians shut out Calhoun, 5-0, in the third place game.
Carlinville lost its opener to eventual champion Highland, 7-0. The Cavaliers went into the consolation competiton battle-tested and rallied to a fifth place ranking with back-to-back convincing triumphs over North Mac, 12-0, and Nokomis, 10-2.
The North Mac Panthers went ‘two and done’ via double elimination.
Ariana Nanney of Highland was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.