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HS softball: Ruyle launches three home runs, Carlinville trounces Father McGivney Catholic; Gibson deals against Jersey and GF-NW

Addison Ruyle hit her first three career home runs – all in the same game – for the Carlinville High School softball team in a 22-5 victory at Father McGivney Catholic Mar. 27. Ruyle finished with seven RBI. Photo contributed.

Gillespie defeats Highland, Triad

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Prior to Mar. 27, Carlinville High School junior Addie Ruyle had never hit a home run. Against all odds, she went deep three times against Father McGivney Catholic that day.

Ruyle drove in seven runs and the Cavaliers demolished the Griffins, 22-5, in five innings, at Glen Carbon.

As a team, Carlinville compiled 20 hits for the third consecutive game en route to a seventh victory in nine contests.

Braley Wiser, Kendal Maddox, Karly Tipps, Chloe Pope, Hallie Gibson and Olivia Kunz all had multi-hit performances, along with Ruyle. Wiser ignited the Cavies’ surging offense with four knocks, including two doubles, and swatted in three runs. Maddox had three hits and four RBI.

Carlinville closed the month of March with a pair of nail-biting wins to get to 9-2 overall. The Cavaliers erased a three-run deficit to beat Jerseyville on a go-ahead two-run seventh inning single from Kunz 5-4 Mar. 28 then held off Greenfield-Northwestern 5-3 Mar. 30. Hallie Gibson went the distance for the Cavaliers in both games without allowing an earned run. The sophomore ace only allowed nine hits while collecting 18 strikeouts in 14 total frames without issuing a walk.

Gillespie defeats Highland and Triad

Gillespie continued its dominance against Mississippi Valley Conference foes, defeating Triad 11-0 at Ben-Gil Mar. 27 then grinding out a hard-fought 8-4 road victory over 2021 state champion Highland Mar. 28.



Emma Gipson connects on one of two home runs she hit for the Gillespie High School softball team at Highland Mar. 28. The Miners defeated the Bulldogs, 8-4. Gipson also threw a complete game on the mound. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Jackson Wilson.


Emma Gipson crushed three home runs in those two contests, including a pair of long balls at Highland, for seven RBI while tossing a complete game both days on the rubber.

Against Triad, Ava Parish also hit a home run (her fourth) as part of a 13-hit parade for the Miners. Macie Wright ripped two doubles, Sadie Sholtis drove in three runs and Paxton Reid added a pair of singles.

Gipson, Reid, Wright and Delaney Taylor all put on multi-hit performances to boost Gillespie over Highland. Sholtis and Reid both hit a solo home run as well. The Miners jumped out to a 6-0 lead then held on after the Bulldogs reduced the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth.

Dating back to an 8-1 win over Jerseyville Mar. 22, Gillespie is 3-0 against MVC opponents, which all play in a larger Illinois High School Assocation Class.

On a busy afternoon Mar. 30, the Miners played a tripleheader at the Springfield Slam and finished 1-2. Gillespie lost a pair of close games against Pleasant Plains (2-0) and Stanford Olympia (2-1) and knocked off Havana (6-2).

Gillespie is 8-3 overall.

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Staunton bounced back from a 12-8 Mar. 25 loss to Carrollton with a 7-6 victory at Triad Mar. 28 and improved to 5-2.
Southwestern is 5-4 after an 11-1 win versus Marquette Mar. 28 and a pair of Mar. 30 losses against Jerseyville (11-2) and Pleasant Hill (10-9).

North Mac is also 5-4. The Panthers exploded for an eight-run third inning en route to a dominant 12-2 victory at Greenfield-Northwestern Mar. 27, then came up short in back-to-back home contests against Sacred Heart Griffin Mar. 28 and Carrollton Mar. 29. The Panthers tied SHG with a late run in the sixth, but lost in extra (eight) frames, 5-3. Carrollton, which entered last week as the top-ranked team in the IHSA Class 1A state poll, made easy work of North Mac, 15-4, to remain undefeated at 11-0.