In the last 11 Webster University softball games, Katelyn Johnson has been standing at first base at some point in the contest.
Not because of a dropped third strike, a walk or an error. The Woodstock graduate and Webster University junior has hit safely in the last 11 softball games. Four of those have come in the last week.
Johnson had her best game in the 8-7 loss to Greenville College. She was 2-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. She had one hit in each of the other three games. In the lone win of the four games, a 12-11 victory over Greenville, Johnson was 1-for-5, drove home two and scored once. She was 1-for-4 with a double in the 7-5 loss to Westminster. She drove home two of Webster’s runs. She was 1-for-4 in the 11-4 loss to Westminster.
Johnson’s batting average is closing in on the heralded .400 mark. At press time, she boasted a .388 batting average. The 19-game starter has made 67 trips to the plate. She has 26 hits. Of her hits, three are doubles, two are triples and one is a homer. She has scored 15 runs, driven home 11, walked five times and stolen two bases. Johnson’s on-base percentage is .432, while her slugging percentage is .537. Defensively, she has a .949 fielding percentage. She has made 2
5 putouts, 12 assisted putouts and two errors. Webster is 5-13 overall and 2-4 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Track and Field
Ben Markinson (Woodstock North) helped the Monmouth College Fighting Scots take first at the Washington University Invitational, which was held at Francis Field in St. Louis. Individually, Markinson took fifth in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 50.51 seconds. He was also a part of the Fighting Scots’ 1,600-meter relay, which finished second in 3:27.60. Monmouth took first with 240 points. Lincoln College took second with 150 points.
Tim Semmen (Woodstock) opened his season by competing in two events at the Dingles Brueggen Open, which was hosted by St. Mary’s University. Semmen was ninth in the 800-meter run. He finished in 2:08.52. The Luther College senior was also a member of the Luther Norsemen 1,600-meter relay team, which finished second in 3:39.79. Team scores were not kept.
Jon Walsh (Woodstock North) vaulted to a ninth-place finish at the Auburn University Tiger Classic. The Southern Illinois University-Carbondale vaulter recorded a height of 16 feet, 0.75 inches. The outing was held at the Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn, Alabama. Team scores were not kept.
Brad Lorr (Woodstock), a Milwaukee School of Engineering senior, competed in three events at the Centre Invitational, which was held in Danville, Kentucky. He was 10th in the javelin, recording a toss of 134-8. He also competed in the 110-meter hurdles (16th, :18.93) and 400-meter hurdles (22nd, 1:08.73). MSOE took eighth with 43 points. Ohio Northern University took first with 166 points.
Maura Beattie (Woodstock), a Northern Illinois University runner, finished 12th in the 1,500-meter run at the Gibson Invitational, which was hosted by Indiana State University, sponsored by the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau and held at the Gibson Track and Field Complex. She finished the race in 4:50.19. Northern Illinois took sixth with 67 points. Indiana State University took first with 124.5 points.
Austin Butts (Woodstock) earned his first pitching victory of the year, against no defeats, as he was the pitcher of record in McHenry County College’s 13-3 victory over Harper College. In his four innings of work, he allowed only two hits. He fanned four and walked three. Butts and Eric Bell (Woodstock) helped MCC defeat Prairie State College 23-2. Butts was 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks. He scored three times and drove home a pair of runs. Bell walked four times, scored three runs and stole two bases. In the 5-4 loss to Elgin Community College, Bell was 1-for-3. MCC is 19-8 overall and 7-1 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
Jamie Huntley (Woodstock North) worked three innings against Knox College. The Beloit College pitcher allowed four earned runs on eight hits. He fanned one and walked one. Huntley did not get a win or a save in the 16-7 win over Knox. Beloit is 11-5 overall.
Alex Ferguson (Woodstock) worked one inning as his college team, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, lost a 13-4 decision to Winona State University. Ferguson, who slipped to 1-2, allowed two earned runs on two hits. He fanned one and walked one. Minnesota-Duluth is 12-8 overall and 5-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Mike Koscielniak (Marian Central Catholic) scored a run for Vassar College, downing Skidmore College 6-5 in 11 innings. The Crystal Lake resident has helped Vassar post a 9-9 mark thus far. They are 5-3 in the Liberty League.
Dan Chamness covers the college careers of Woodstock-area athletes.