Softball team to finish fall season this weekend


Jason Howell

Senior catcher Hannah Cole swings in a game on Sept. 13, 2013 against Heartland Community at Williams Field. The Panthers took the doubleheader by a score of 1-0 and 10-2.

Sean Hastings, Staff Reporter

The Eastern softball team will finish off its fall season this weekend with a pair of double headers on Saturday and Sunday at Williams Field.

The Panthers will host Illinois Central College, Wabash College and Lake Land College this weekend.

The first game is scheduled for noon on Saturday against Illinois Central College with game two scheduled for 4 p.m. against Wabash College. Illinois Central College will take on Wabash College in between games.

The Panthers will then take on Lake Land College in a double header on Sunday. The first pitch for game one is scheduled for 11 a.m. with the second following at 1 p.m.

Eastern was able to get four wins last weekend, sweeping Olney Central College and Parkland College in both double headers and look to do this same this weekend. Coach Angie Nicholson wants to make sure they continue to make the right plays and be in the right places doing the right things, also wants them to stay aggressive.

“We’re a little banged up so we’re just trying to stay healthy, so we’re not going to go too hard, but continue to focus on what we have been focusing on,” she said.

The Panthers are going into the weekend with three pitchers available to pitch.

The team will be without starting shortstop Bailey O’Dell on Saturday, who will be in class. With O’Dell not in the lineup, Nicholson will have to move around some of the players to play different positions.

The Panthers started practice on Thursday and all pitchers got workouts in and the team also did batting practice to get them ready for the four games this upcoming weekend.

Sean Hastings can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]