Sometimes, earning a victory in a sport is about being in the right place at the right time and being capable of making the right decision, which leads to the right play.
Such was the case for Alex Ferguson, a Woodstock High School graduate and University of Minnesota-Duluth pitcher, when he worked in relief against Minnesota State University. In a 4-3 victory over Minnesota State, Ferguson worked only 1/3 of an inning. But it was enough to get the win. He faced only two batters and walked one. He did not allow a single earned run or a hit. It was Ferguson’s first victory of the year. He does not have any losses.
Minnesota-Duluth is 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Track and field
(Woodstock North High School) vaulted to the pole vault championship at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, which was held at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The SIUC vaulter cleared 16 feet, 1.25 inches. He was four inches ahead of the second-place competitor, Eastern Illinois University’s Eric Gordon, who vaulted 15-9.25. It is important to note that one day after the meet was completed, Bill Cornell, the former SIUC head track and field coach, passed away in Florida. Team scores were not kept.
Maura Beattie (Woodstock) took 10th in the 1,500-meter run at the University of Texas-El Paso Springtime Invitational. The Northern Illinois University runner finished in 5 minutes, 1.88 seconds. Team scores were not kept.
Katelyn Johnson (Woodstock) was 4-for-4 as her college team, Webster University, defeated Illinois College 3-2. She drove home one run and stole a base. It was one of three multiple-hit games she had in the last seven days. She was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks in Webster’s 12-6 win over MacMurray College. She scored twice. In the 11-5 loss to Illinois College, she was 2-for-4 with a double. Johnson drove home a pair of runs. In the 8-5 loss to MacMurray, she had a hit, two runs scored and a stolen base. Webster is 4-10 overall and 1-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
(Woodstock North) pitched in two Beloit College wins this week. In Beloit’s 14-6 win over Wisconsin Lutheran College, Huntley worked 2.0 innings. He fanned one. He did not allow a single earned run or hit. He worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit. He fanned two and walked two. He did not get a decision in either game. Beloit is 9-5 overall.
Mike Koscielniak (Marian Central Catholic High School) did double duty for Vassar College in its 8-7 win over Bard College. At the plate, Koscielniak was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. He scored twice and stole a base. He worked two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. He fanned one and walked one and did not get a decision. In Vassar’s 11-3 loss to St. Lawrence University, Koscielniak worked one inning, allowed one hit and fanned one. He did not get a decision. Vassar is 8-8 overall and 4-2 in the Liberty League.
Eric Bell (Woodstock) and Austin Butts (Woodstock) both had hits for McHenry County College as it downed Waubonsee Community College 3-0. Bell was 2-for-2 with a walk, while Butts was 1-for-3 with a double. Butts scored a run and drove home one. McHenry County is 13-6 overall.
(Woodstock North) has two hits (one double) for Eureka College this year. The sophomore baseball player has walked three times, scored twice and drove home a pair of runs. Defensively, he has eight putouts. Eureka is 3-11 overall and 1-6 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Dan Chamness covers the college careers of Woodstock-area athletes.