April 21, 2014
Cyclones killin’ the ball in consecutive wins
After a couple of good matchups, the Cyclones reached the .500 mark (15-15) for the season with six straight wins. Moraine Valley’s most recent victories came April 17 with two killer wins over McHenry County College (11-2 and 24-2) and an April 18 rescheduled game with Harper College (8-1 and 13-9).
April 14, 2014
Cyclones grab big wins in Freeport
Going three out of four is pretty good. The Cyclones stunned their opponents,
taking just one big loss at the East/West Tournament in Freeport, April 12-13.
Both Moraine Valley and Madison College were stunned at the plate in their first meeting April 12. After a fourth inning homerun by Amie Raynor, the Wolfpack answered with a tying RBI in the fifth. The game went into extra innings, but the Cyclones needed only one inning to win. Carly Trinley (1-for-3) was walked and scored on a passed ball to edge the Cyclones to the 2-1 victory. Raynor pitched a complete game for the win.
Later that Saturday the Cyclones shut down, losing 7-0 to a tough Rock Valley College squad. Raynor continued her hitting ways with a double.
For the first time in head coach Mike Veen’s tenure at Moraine Valley, his team had yet to defeat College of DuPage. On Sunday the Cyclones dominated the field with a 4-0 victory over the Chaparrals. Raynor earned another win on the mound and added to her impressive batting stats (4-for-4, double, triple, RBI, run scored). She had help from Janay McGovern (1-for-4, double) and Jenny Vanek (1-for-4, homerun, RBI).
To cap off a successful weekend, the Cyclones knocked down Joliet Junior College in five innings—9-1. Ari Bulthius earned the win while going 1-for-2 at the plate with 2 RBIs. Trinley had a big finish going 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs. Vanek had a double and RBI while Raynor hit a double and earned 2 RBIs. Abby Urchell went 1-for-2.
April 11, 2014
Splitsville for Cyclones
If there were more than seven innings in softball, the Cyclones might have swept
College of Lake County on April 10. Instead, they split the series at home.
The close games are always tough to lose. “I’d rather lose 9-0 than lose by one, but it was a good game,” said coach Mike Veen about his team’s 2-1 loss. Amid tight pitching and good defense from both squads, Lake County scored two runs early and the Cyclones held them. Moraine Valley found some momentum and scored in the seventh inning. Megan Beckow had the RBI scored by Sofia Lamb. Jazmine Ramirez had a double.
There was more action at the plate in the nightcap where the Cyclones won 8-4. Amie Raynor was the winning pitcher and helped her cause by going 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and 2 RBIs. Jenny Vanek (3-for-4) and Beckow (2-for-4, 2RBIs) each scored a run. Carly Trinley went 3-for-5 with a double.
April 10, 2014
Cyclones fall short to Bulldogs
The competition is always intense when Moraine Valley faces South Suburban
College. Their meeting on April 9 was no different. The Cyclones were shut down
at home, 10-5 and 9-0 in five innings.
Megan Beckow led the charge in the first game, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Both Amie Raynor (homerun, RBI) and Janay McGovern (1-for-2) scored a run.
The second game was less exciting. One player had a hit, but the Bulldogs only struck out two Cyclones. Despite the hard hits by Moraine Valley, they went to a fielder for an out too often, said coach Mike Veen.
April 9, 2014
Cyclones sweep Panthers
Combining both scores of their doubleheader against Morton College on April 8,
the Cyclones scored 22 runs. It was a sweep for Moraine Valley— 11-6 and 11-4.
The offense was on fire starting with Amie Raynor, who also earned the save, with a double, three runs scored and 4 RBIs. Jenny Vanek had a homerun and 2 RBIs while Carly Trinley had 3 RBIs and Dana Cummings was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Raynor pitched for the win and helped her cause with a homerun, double and RBI. She had help from Megan Beckow (2-for-4, homerun, 2 RBIs, two runs scored), Trinley (4-for-4, three doubles, 2 RBIs, three runs scored), and Sofia Lamb (2-for-4, 2 RBIs).
April 2, 2014
After a rough few days, the Cyclones were hoping for a better showing April 1
when they again faced Waubonsee Community College.
Although Moraine Valley had strong hits, they kept going right to a fielder in the first game. Jenny Vanek (2-for-3), Janay McGovern (1-for-1), Megan Beckow (1-for-2) and Carly Trinley (1-for-2) were the bright spots in the 8-0 loss.
The Cyclones got the bats going for the night cap, but fell again, 11-6. Vanek went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI. Ari Bulthius was 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Sofia Lamb was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Bulthius took the loss.
April 1, 2014
Cyclones can’t figure out Cavaliers
It’s never easy when the Cyclones face Kankakee Community College. In their
first meeting this season (March 31), Moraine Valley dropped both games but put
up a good fight.
The Cyclones scored first until the Cavaliers scored seven at the end of the first. Moraine Valley tied things up by the third inning, but once again Kankakee had another good at-bat which was all they needed for the 15-7 pounding. Emily Nettle started on the mound, but was replaced by Amie Raynor who took the loss. Raynor had an RBI and homerun while Jazmine Ramirez had a homerun and 3 RBIs. Sofia Lamb had a run, 2 RBIs and a double.
There wasn’t as much life in the bats for the second game where the Cyclones lost 10-2. Jenny Vanek and Carly Trinley each scored a run.
March 31, 2014
Rough tourney for ’Clones
The Cyclones competed in the South Suburban Tournament March 29 and 30,
finishing 1-4 for the weekend, but not without a fight.
In their first game, Moraine Valley went into a nine-inning showdown with Highland Community College. The game was close into extra inning when one RBI hit tabbed the Cyclones with a 5-4 loss. Ari Bulthius took the loss. There were about as many hits as walks in this game with four players going 1-for-3 at the plate: Jazmine Ramirez, Amie Raynor, Samantha Newhall, and Jenny Vanek. Ramirez scored a run and Vanek scored two.
Game two was another tight match, ending in a 3-2 loss to Rock Valley College, which scored in the last inning. Vanek was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Janay McGovern went 2-for-3 with a double. Emily Nettle pitched for the loss.
On March 30 the Cyclones had a new day to start over, and they were tested with their first game against Waubonsee Community College. Moraine Valley was down 6-2 in the seventh inning when the number nine batter got on base before back-to-back homeruns by Vanek and Megan Beckow put the Cyclones within one. Unfortunately, they couldn’t squeak out another run and took the 6-5 loss. Bulthius, Sofia Lamb and Dana Cummings each went 2-for-4.
The bats came to life in the Cyclones’ final game against Sandburg College. Bulthius earned the win in Moraine Valley’s 12-1 victory. She helped her cause going 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs. Big numbers also came from Beckow (3-for-3, homerun, three runs scored) and Raynor (2-for-4, double, two runs scored, 3 RBIs).
March 23, 2014
Cyclones open season by pouncing Wolves
The Cyclones were able to squeeze a doubleheader in March 22 between wild
weather spurts, and they showed their stuff in a sweep of Joliet Junior College.
All that indoor work with the bats paid off in Moraine Valley’s 12-5 and 9-2 wins. Amie Raynor pitched a complete first game. She had help from big hits in Megan Beckow (3 hits, 3 RBIs), Ari Bulthius (2-for-3, 1 run scored), Janay McGovern (3-for-3, 3 RBIs), and Carly Trinley (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI).
With only one strikeout in the second game, pitcher Emily Nettle was able to force batters into easy outs and hold the Wolves to two runs. Big batters for this game were Jenny Vanek with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs; Raynor with one homerun that scored two; and Sam Newhall who was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
March 22, 2014
Cyclones ready for success in 2014
Another good crop of softball players are ready to strut their stuff in 2014.
Between poor weather and injuries, the Cyclones weren’t able to have the kind of season they are capable of in 2013, but they’re hoping for more luck this year. The Cyclones lost big hitters Sam Staisiunas and Danielle Stark along with starting pitcher Emily Kurek, but have solid contributors back in the lineup.
All-Conference first team players Amie Raynor (Sandburg) and Jenny Vanek (Mother McAuley), who batted .400 and .330, respectfully return along with fellow sophomores Ari Bulthius (Mother McAuley), who had 23 RBIs last season, and Janay McGovern (Argo). Vanek is the team’s shortstop and expected to be solid again this season while Bulthius is a terror at the plate with her hard hits. Raynor is pulling double duty with pitching and catching this year, but has the skill to play any position on the field. McGovern brings back her versatility behind the plate as catcher and at third base.
The talented incoming class includes Kristie Bagus (Shepard), Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park), Dana Cummings (Richards), Sofia Lamb (Evergreen Park), Samantha Newhall (Shepard), Jazmine Ramirez (Queen of Peace), Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences), and Abby Urchell (Evergreen Park).
Head coach Mike Veen, in his fourth season at the helm, doesn’t have to tell his players to play hard and go for wins because they already have that mindset. The team gels and almost everyone is interchangeable in positions on the field.
The goal for the Cyclones is to finish the season well. It’s not how you start, but how you finish. “I want them to improve every game whether it’s a little or a lot, that’s what I tell my players,” Veen said. “I could care only about my record, and don’t get me wrong I like to win, but sometimes the ball is in the other court. I’m looking for a good season, and I want them to have fun.”