July 30, 2014
Team tryouts for 2014-15 season
The Cyclones are holding fall tryouts for the 2014-15 season on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m., at the softball field behind Building P on the west side of campus.
For more information, contact head coach Mike Veen at (708) 805-3664 or email email@example.com.
May 7, 2014
Big hitters lend to successful 2014
The wintry weather may have shortened the softball season, but it couldn’t stop
the Cyclones from playing over .500 ball with a finish in the NJCAA Region IV
Moraine Valley capped a successful year with a 22-17 overall record and 8-4 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference record that landed them in second place. They lost both games in the semi-finals on May 2 but otherwise dominated some teams and had a nine-game win streak—a testament to their team dynamic.
Several players had standout performances. Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) intimidated other teams with her off-the-chart batting. She averaged .545 with a .841 slugging percentage in conference, leading to her Skyway Conference Player of the Year designation. She also landed on the All-Conference first team along with teammates Amie Raynor (Sandburg) and Jenny Vanek (Mother McAuley). Raynor was named to the All-Region IV first team thanks in part to her stellar pitching all season and overall .397 batting average (.450 in conference). Not only did Vanek average .295 at the plate (.356 in conference), but she was a wall at shortstop, being a defense anchor for the team. Ari Bulthius (Mother McAuley) and Dana Cummings (Richards) rounded out the awards with nods to the All-Conference second team. Bulthius contributed to the pitching rotation and continued her impressive hitting from last season with an overall .382 average (.357 in conference).
“This is one of the most fun teams I’ve had in my coaching career. I wish this was a four-year institution. I didn’t want to see the season end,” said head coach Mike Veen. “We were lucky we got in the number of games we did. Not only that, but there is real talent on the team. It’s hard to see the sophomores go.”
Sophomore Vanek intends to continue playing ball at North Central College while Raynor is set for Aurora University. Trinley is expected to return next season, and Veen has some recruits in mind to further develop his squad.
May 3, 2014
Cyclones take a hit in semi-finals
The NJCAA Region IV Semi-Finals is a familiar place for the Cyclones. In the
last couple years the team has had to face an always talented Kankakee Community
College squad. This season was no different as the Cyclones faced the Cavaliers
May 2 in the next round of the playoffs.
It was tough to challenge the Cavaliers, and the Cyclones were stalled at the plate, losing the matchup 12-1. A first-inning grand slam with two outs by Kankakee saw the Cyclones down 5-0. Carly Trinley scored the lone run. A few hits came from Ari Bulthius (2-for-3, double), Kristie Bagus (1-for-2) and Amie Raynor (1-for-3, double).
In the second game, the Cyclones faced South Suburban College. It was a game Moraine Valley could have won, but too many ground outs and fly outs led to a 9-4 loss. Megan Beckow (2-for-4), Sofia Lamb (1-for-3), Dana Cummings, and Jenny Vanek each scored a run.
April 30, 2014
Cyclones take two from Pioneers, advance to semis
In a virtual repeat of last year, the Cyclones had to face rival Prairie State
College in the NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinals (April 29). And just like last
season, Moraine Valley took two out of three games to advance to the
Amie Raynor gave up only five hits in the Cyclones’ 6-3 victory. She along with Ari Bulthius went 1-for-3 at the plate. Carly Trinley was the big hitter with a triple, homerun and two runs scored. Dana Cummings and Megan Beckow each scored a run as well.
The pressure was too much for Moraine Valley in game two which saw the lead batter and bottom half of the order yielding a collective one hit in the 8-5 loss. Contributions came from Janay McGovern (2-for-3, two doubles, run scored), Raynor (1-for-4, double, run scored), Bulthius (1-for-4, homerun, run scored), and Trinley (1-for-4, run scored).
The winner of the third game would move on in the playoffs. The bottom of the Cyclones' batting order made up for a lackluster second game, but it took a few innings to warm up. Prairie State was up 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning. After the Pioneers secured three more runs, coach Mike Veen gave his team a pep talk. “I told them they’ve been there before, and they could do this. I knew they’d pull it out,” he said. All Prairie State needed was six outs in the bottom of the sixth inning for the win. Beckow started the rally with a base hit that led to five runs and the lead. In the top of the seventh with a runner on first and second and two outs, a shot to Jenny Vanek at shortstop yielded an easy out and a Cyclone victory. McGovern, Trinley, Kristie Bagus, and Sofia Lamb each went 1-for-3. Cummings went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
“I had no doubt we were going to win. You can’t believe how proud I was of those kids,” Veen said. “It wasn’t the greatest game, but they came through when they had to.”
April 26, 2014
Cyclones crush Trojans
Moraine Valley far outmatched Triton College on April 25 in a sweep in their
last regular season home game. The Cyclones came out on top 11-6 and 15-3.
There was nothing but hit after hit in both games thanks to Dana Cummings (6-for-6, 3RBIs, four runs scored), Ari Bulthius (4-for-8, double, four runs scored, 6 RBIs), Amie Raynor (5-for-8, double, five runs scored, 3 RBIs). A couple players made some noise in the second game: Megan Beckow (2-for-4, triple, run scored) and Sam Newhall (2-for-3, one run scored, RBI).
April 25, 2014
Home split for 'Clones
In what should have been another sweep for the Cyclones April 24 was instead a
split with Oakton Community College at home.
The Cyclones were stale at the plate until the third inning when they were down 4-0. Some nice defensive plays on a windy day and gradual run gain brought the Cyclones back up to speed. Carly Trinley’s two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Moraine Valley the 5-4 lead. They held on to the win after Amie Raynor struck out the final batter with a runner on first. Raynor went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and 2 RBIs. Ari Bulthius also had an RBI.
Moraine Valley couldn’t make the same kind of come back in their second game, falling 4-1. Raynor, Dana Cummings and Sofia Lamb each had at least one hit. Jenny Vanek scored the lone run after being walked.
April 23, 2014
Cyclones running on eight-game win streak
Break out the brooms. The Cyclones keep sweeping their opponents, the latest
being conference rival Prairie State College on April 22, making it eight in a
The Cyclones were down 1-0 for a couple innings before coming back to win 5-2. Amie Raynor led the charge (2-for-4, two doubles, two runs scored) followed by Dana Cummings (2-for-3, triple) and Janay McGovern (1-for-3, run scored). Raynor earned the win.
McGovern crushed a walk-off, two-run homerun in the fifth inning to end the game by slaughter—8-0. She went 2-for-2 in the game. Jenny Vanek and Cummings each went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Ari Bulthius and Carly Trinley each went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored. Bulthius won on the mound.
“In the first game our defense was stellar. That’s what’s winning us these games. Our pitchers aren’t getting many strikeouts, but batters are hitting to our tough defense. We’re playing really well. Now is the perfect time for it to come together,” said head coach Mike Veen.
April 19, 2014
Cyclones sweep Hawks
The Cyclones added yet another sweep to their list. Harper College was the
victim in a rescheduled game April 18.
Moraine Valley continued their hitting ways in an 8-3 victory in game one. Amie Raynor went 2-for-4, scoring two followed by Ari Bulthius (2-for-2, two runs scored), Jenny Vanek (2-for-3, triple, 5 RBIs, one run scored), and Dana Cummings (1-for-2, RBI, run scored).
Although the Cyclones led 6-0 early on, the Hawks fought back to tie things up. The deadlock was short-lived as Moraine Valley surged to a 13-9 win. Vanek, Cummings and Carly Trinley each went 2-for-4 with Vanek and Trinley hitting a double. Raynor not only pitched both games, but went 4-for-4 with a double in the nightcap.
April 18, 2014
Cyclones crush Scots
In their doubleheader with McHenry County College on April 17, the Cyclones only
had to play a total of 10 innings while collectively scoring 35 runs.
Moraine Valley rocked the Scots’ pitcher both games winning 11-2 and 24-2. Even when head coach Mike Veen purposefully stopped running his players, they couldn’t stop the hits.
Big numbers in the first game came from Amie Raynor (3-for-5, 5 RBIs, double), Kristie Bagus (4-for-5, two doubles, RBI), Carly Trinley (3-for-5, two doubles, 4 RBIs) and Janay McGovern (4-for-5, 4 RBIs). Raynor won the game on the mound.
Ari Bulthius threw in the second game in addition to going 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs, two walks and a homerun. She had help from Trinley (4-for-5, homerun, double, 4 RBIs), Megan Beckow (2-for-5, 2 RBIs, homerun), McGovern (3-for-5, double, 5 RBIs), Dana Cummings (3-for-4, two doubles, 2 RBIs), and Jazmine Ramirez (2-for-4, two doubles, 2 RBIs).
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.”
Season Record: 22-17
Conference Record: 8-4
Conference Player of the Year: Carly Trinley
All-NJCAA Region IV first team: Amie Raynor
All-Conference first team: Jenny Vanek, Raynor, Trinley
All-Conference second team: Ari Bulthius, Dana Cummings
|Thurs.||March 13||Spring Training Trip- East Central College||Away||2 p.m.||
|Fri.||March 14||Spring Training Trip- Jefferson College||Away||2 p.m.||
|Sat.||March 15||Spring Training Trip- Mineral Area College||Away||Noon||
|Sun.||March 16||Spring Training Trip- St. Louis Community College||Away||11 a.m.||N/A|
|Tues.||March 18||Joliet Junior College||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||March 20||Aurora University JV||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Fri.||March 21||Harper College||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Sat.||March 22||Joliet Junior College||Away||Noon||
|Sun.||March 23||Kishwaukee College||Home||Noon||Canceled|
|Tues.||March 25||Kankakee Community College||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||March 27||Elgin Community College*||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Fri.||March 28||College of DuPage||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Sat.-Sun.||March 29-30||South Suburban Tournament||Away||10 a.m.||
L 4-5 vs. Highland CC
L 2-3 vs. Rock Valley College
L 5-6 vs. Waubonsee C.C.
W 12-1 vs. Sandburg College
|Mon.||March 31||Kankakee Community College||Away||3 p.m.||
|Tues.||April 1||Waubonsee Community College*||Away||3 p.m.||
|Thurs.||April 3||Oakton Community College*||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Fri.||April 4||Harper College||Away||3:30 p.m.||Canceled|
|Sat.||April 5||College of DuPage||Away||Noon||Canceled|
|Tues.||April 8||Morton College*||Away||3 p.m.||
|Wed.||April 9||South Suburban College||Home||3 p.m.||
|Thurs.||April 10||College of Lake County*||Home||3 p.m.||
|Sat.-Sun.||April 12-13||East/West Tournament||Away- Freeport, IL||Noon||
W 2-1 (8 inn.) vs. Madison College
L 0-7 vs. Rock Valley College
W 4-0 vs. College of DuPage
W 9-1 (5 inn.) vs. Joliet Junior College
|Tues.||April 15||Prairie State College*||Away||3:30 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||April 17||McHenry County College*||Away||3 p.m.||
W 19-2 (5 inn.)
W 24-2 (5 inn.)
|Fri.||April 18||Harper College (rescheduled)||Home||3 p.m.||
|Sat.||April 19||Rock Valley College||Away||1 p.m.||Canceled|
|Tues.||April 22||Prairie State College* (rescheduled)||Away||3:30 p.m.||
W 8-0 (5 inn.)
|Thurs.||April 24||Oakton Community College* (rescheduled)||Home||3 p.m.||
|Fri.||April 25||Triton College||Home||3 p.m.||
|Sun.||April 27||Harper College (rescheduled)||Away||11 a.m.||Canceled|
|Mon.||April 28||Region IV Play-in Game||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|Tues.||April 29||Region IV Playoff Quarterfinals vs. Prairie State College||Home||2:30 p.m.||
|Fri.-Sat.||May 2-3||Region IV Semi-Finals @ Highland Community College vs. Kankakee Community College and South Suburban College||Away- Freeport, IL||11 a.m.||
L 1-12 vs. Kankakee
L 4-9 vs. South Suburban
|Wed.-Sat.||May 14-17||NJCAA Tournament @ Clinton, Miss.||Away||TBA||N/A|
* Denotes Conference Game
December 11, 2013
Softball team donates to Toys for Tots
‘Tis the season for giving, and the Cyclones softball team got in the spirit. The players donated roughly $450 worth of toys to Toys for Tots on Dec. 9. Pictured with the goods are (back row from left) Carly Trinley, Kristie Bagus, Emily Nettle, Sophie Lamb, Janay McGovern, Amie Raynor, and (front row from left) Sam Newhall, Abby Urchell, Jenny Vanek, and Ari Bulthius. Not pictured: Dana Cummings, Jazmin Ramirez and Megan Beckow.
November 12, 2013
Team tryouts for 2014 season
The Cyclones are holding another round of tryouts for the 2014 season on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon and on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Cyclone Center, Building G.
For more information, contact head coach Mike Veen at (708) 805-3664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 30, 2013
Softball team selected
Congratulations to the student-athletes selected for the 2013-14
Amie Raynor, Jenny Vanek, Ari Bulthius, Janay McGovern, Jessica Rivera, Samantha Newhall, Dana Cummings, Sofia Lamb, Megan Beckow, Abby Urchell, Kristie Bagus, Jocelyn Rivera, and Emily Okonski. The team will play their first fall game Sept. 8, 8 a.m. at the South Suburban Bulldog Round Robin.
Season Record: 14-19
Conference Record: 6-6
All-Conference first team: Amie Raynor, Sam Staisiunas and Jenny Vanek
|Sat.||Sept. 8, 2012||Prairie State College||Home||Noon||N/A|
|Sat.||Sept. 15||South Suburban Round Robin||Away||TBA||N/A|
|Wed.||Oct. 3||Roosevelt University||Home||3:30 p.m.||N/A|
|Thurs.||March 21, 2013||Aurora University JV||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Sat.-Sun.||March 23-24||South Suburban Tournament vs.
Cuyahoga Community College
Sauk Valley Community College
Illinois Valley Community College
Carl Sandburg College
|Mon.||March 25||Joliet Junior College||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||March 28||McHenry County College||Home||3 p.m.||
W 17-9 (5 inn.)
|Tues.||April 2||Prairie State College*||Home||3 p.m.||
|Wed.||April 3||Kankakee Community College||Away||3 p.m.||
|Thurs.||April 4||Elgin Community College*||Away||3 p.m.||
|Sat.-Sun.||April 6-7||Kankakee Tournament vs. Kankakee
Community College, Waubonsee Community College,
East Central College,
Oakland Community College
1 p.m. and 11 a.m.,
L 1-13 vs. KCC
L 3-13 vs. WCC
L 1-16 ECC
L 7-11 OCC
|Mon.||April 8||College of DuPage||Away||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Tues.||April 9||Waubonsee Community College*||Home||3 p.m.||
|Wed.||April 10||Rock Valley College||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||April 11||Oakton Community College*||Away||3 p.m.||Canceled|
East/West Tournament vs.
Muscatine Community College,
Carl Sandburg College
|Away- Freeport, IL||
L 2-9 vs. Muscatine
L 0-2 vs. Sandburg
|Sun.||April 14||East/West Tournament vs.
Highland Community College
|Away- Freeport, IL||
|Mon.||April 15||Joliet Junior College||Away||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Tues.||April 16||Morton College*||Home||3 p.m.||
|Wed.||April 17||South Suburban College||Away||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||April 18||College of Lake County*||Away||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Sat.||April 20||Kishwaukee College||Away||1 p.m.||
|Sun.||April 21||South Suburban College||Away||Noon||
|Mon.||April 22||Prairie State College* (continuation from April 2)||Home||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Tues.||April 23||Conference Rain Date||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|Wed.||April 24||Aurora University JV||Away||3 p.m.||Canceled|
|Thurs.||April 25||Conference Rain Date||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|Fri.||April 26||Triton College||Away||3 p.m.||
|Sat.||April 27||College of Lake County*||Away||Noon||
|Sun.||April 28||Prairie State College* (continuation from April 2)||Home||11 a.m.||Canceled|
|Mon.||April 29||Region IV Play-in Game||TBA||TBA||N/A|
|Wed.||May 1||Region IV Playoff Quarterfinals vs. Prairie State College||Away||1 p.m.||
|Fri.-Sat.||May 3-4||Region IV Semi-Finals @ Highland Community College vs. Kankakee Community College||Away (Freeport)||1 p.m.||
L 7-9 vs. Kankakee C.C.
L 4-9 vs. College of Lake County
|Thurs.-Sat.||May 16-18||NJCAA Tournament @ Clinton, Miss.||Away||TBA||N/A|
*Denotes Conference Game
May 8, 2013
Cyclones end challenging season on high note
Between the weather, a small roster and some injuries, the Cyclones had a rough go of things in 2013. Ending at .500 in the conference and battling through some difficult matchups, the team came together to fight through a shorter than normal schedule and played some of their best games in the NJCAA Region IV semi-finals to end the season.
Including doubleheaders, the Cyclones couldn’t play 21 games due to poor weather. Paired with a roster of 11, including one player with an injured shoulder, Moraine Valley couldn’t afford to have any additional serious injuries to jeopardize the season. Despite all that, the Cyclones were 14-19 overall and 6-6 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. In their last 13 games the team had a 7-6 record. They kept many games close, including a couple meetings with powerhouse Kankakee Community College.
“In the last five games [including one against Kankakee] the team played well and ended on a high note. This was a rough season. You were always worried that someone would get hurt, and we already had one hurt to start,” said head coach Mike Veen. “But it worked out well. It wasn’t a great season, but it wasn’t terrible. I think the weather got us more than anything.”
There were several huge contributors this year. Freshman Amie Raynor (Sandburg) took on a pitching role when asked, but primarily led the team at the plate batting .400 with a .429 on-base percentage. She had 39 RBIs, 15 doubles and six homeruns, ranking 38th in NJCAA Division II in slugging percentage with a .770. Freshman Ari Bulthius (Mother McAuley) wasn’t far behind with a .375 average and 23 RBIs while Jenny Vanek (Mother McAuley) finished with a .330, hitting 24 RBIs, five homeruns, five triples and seven doubles. Both Raynor and Vanek were named to the All-Conference first team. Sophomore Sam Staisiunas (Andrew) had another big year, batting .366 with 28 RBIs and earning her second consecutive nod to the All-Conference team while Danielle Stark (Stagg) batted .360. Sophomore Emily Kurek (Mount Assisi) came through on the mound for a number of games this season, even earning her first no-hitter against Morton College.
“This was a good group of girls. I’ll miss the sophomores, but I look forward to the freshmen returning next year in addition to the recruits I have,” Veen said.
Stark is hoping to continue her education and softball career at a local four-year university while Courtney Wheaton (Illiana Christian) has signed to play at Trinity Christian College.
May 6, 2013
Cyclones fight to the end in playoffs
It took three games in the NJCAA Region IV quarterfinals for the fighting Cyclones to grab two wins and advance to the semi-finals May 3 where competition was even fiercer. Through a scrappy fight, the Cyclones persevered, but lost both games to end the season.
For the third time this season the Cyclones had to face Kankakee Community College, which is never an easy task. Moraine Valley stunned the Cavaliers from the first inning when Danielle Stark and Jenny Vanek singled before Amie Raynor cleared the bags with a homerun. A powerful Kankakee team countered with some big hits, handing the Cyclones a 9-7 loss.
With the end of the season hanging over them, the Cyclones lost momentum in their second matchup with College of Lake County, losing 9-4. Raynor went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored, Sam Staisiunas had a double and run scored, Vanek was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and both Ari Bulthius and Janay McGovern went 1-for-3 with a double.
May 2, 2013
Cyclones take Pioneers in three; advance to semi-finals
Last season in the NJCAA Region IV playoffs Prairie State College halted the Cyclones’ run, but this time around Moraine Valley would have none of it. At the start of the Region IV quarterfinals May 1, the Cyclones took two of three from their conference rival to advance to the semi-finals this weekend.
Ace Emily Kurek threw the heat to kept the Pioneers in check. She won the first and third games, 2-0 and 12-4. In the shutout game, Kurek threw a four-hitter. “She hit all her spots and kept jamming them at the plate. These were the two best games she’s pitched all season. We shut the door on them,” said head coach Mike Veen.
Kurek struck out two and popped up nine batters. She had help at the plate from Courtney Wheaton and Amie Raynor, who both got on base, and Ari Bulthius who drove in both runs on a double.
The Cyclones were up 5-2 in the second game before Raynor’s arm gave out and the Pioneers’ bats came alive in the fifth inning. It was a struggle for the Cyclones to come back, and they ended up dropping the game 7-5. At the plate, Raynor went 3-for-4 scoring twice. Bulthius and Kurek each scored with Kurek hitting an RBI.
Once Moraine Valley grabbed the lead in the tie-breaking third game, they kept on pounding out the hits. Several times this season the Cyclones would take the lead, go on cruise control and lose the game or come close to losing, but not this time, Veen said. In a rare softball moment, the Cyclones even ended the game with a double play. Some key hits came from Bulthius (3-for-4, double, scored three times), Kurek (3-for-4 with a run scored), Melanie Gerhardt (1-for-3, scoring once), and Jenny Vanek (1-for-3, homerun, scored twice).
April 28, 2013
Cyclones fall in final conference outing of season
In their last conference game of the season, the Cyclones fell to College of Lake County on April 27.
After some recent heavy-hitting outings, the offense was stunted in the first game with the Cyclones shut out 10-0. Courtney Wheaton, Sam Staisiunas and Amie Raynor each went 1-for-2.
In the second game, Staisiunas and Raynor hit the RBIs, scoring Vanek and Stark in the 9-3 loss.
The Cyclones start playoff action May 1 against Prairie State College.
April 27, 2013
Splitsville for Cyclones
It was another battle of the bats on April 26 as the Cyclones split two with Triton College.
Moraine Valley took the first game 13-12 thanks to some heavy hitters including Amie Raynor (3-for-5, two runs, six RBIs, double, homerun), Jenny Vanek (three runs, two hits, two RBIs, double, homerun), Ari Bulthius (one run, two RBIs, double), and Danielle Stark (3-for-6, three runs scored).
Raynor was on fire again in the second game, a 14-6 win, belting two more homeruns, five RBIs and scoring twice. Bulthius (2-for-4, three RBIs, double), Vanek (3-for-4, four runs scored, four RBIs, double) and Stark (3-for-4, two RBIs, double, four runs scored) each hit a homerun as well.
April 22, 2013
Cyclones take one of two
On April 21 the Cyclones split with South Suburban College, losing the first matchup 11-4 before winning 16-13.
Ari Bulthius hit three RBIs while Amie Raynor hit the fourth one in the loss. Emily Kurek went 2-for-2 scoring twice while Janay McGovern scored one as well as Sam Staisiunas who hit two doubles.
The offense for both teams was on fire in the second game, especially for Staisiunas (six RBIs, two homeruns, three runs scored), Raynor (five RBIs, three doubles, one run scored) and Kurek (two RBIs, four runs scored) who also threw for the win.
April 21, 2013
Cyclones handle Kougars
It was a clean sweep for the Cyclones as they took two from Kishwaukee College on April 20, winning 6-4 and 13-10.
Emily Kurek and Amie Raynor were the winning pitchers. Danielle Stark had a big night hitting five RBIs, two doubles and a triple over both games. Ari Bulthius went 3-for-4 with an RBI and double in the first game. In addition to pitching, Raynor went 4-for-5 at the plate with five RBIs and two homeruns while Courtney Wheaton was 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
April 17, 2013
Cyclones split, Kurek throws no-hitter
Playing Morton College brings out the best in Moraine Valley’s pitchers. Although the Cyclones split the series with the Panthers on April 16, Emily Kurek threw a no-hitter, something her teammate Sam Staisiunas did last year.
Both teams battled in the first game, with each taking a lead at some point before the Cyclones fell 9-7. The big hitters were Jenny Vanek with an RBI, triple and two runs; Danielle Stark with a double and a two RBIs; and Amie Raynor with and RBI and double.
In her time on the mound, Kurek walked one batter, preventing her from the elusive perfect game in the Cyclones’ 8-0 victory. She helped her cause with an RBI and run scored. Helping at the plate were Stark (two hits, two runs), Vanek (two RBIs) and Staisiunas (three hits, two RBIs, one run).
April 15, 2013
’Clones take home one in tourney
From blustery, cold conditions to sun and warmer temps, the Cyclones had an eventful weekend, April 13-14, at the East/West Tournament. Despite wild weather, Moraine Valley played well, earning at least one win in the mix.
In their first game, the Cyclones faced a tough Muscatine Community College team, losing 9-2. Moraine Valley held on to a 2-1 lead until the fifth inning. Amie Raynor took the loss, striking out seven. Danielle Stark and Jenny Vanek each had an RBI with Vanek hitting a triple.
Facing Carl Sandburg College is always a battle, but Moraine Valley fought the whole way. Up until the seventh inning the teams were locked 0-0. Emily Kurek gave up just one earned run and the Cyclones fell 2-0. Vanek doubled and Ari Bulthius went 2-for-3.
The Cyclones had better weather on April 14 when they split two with Highland Community College. Raynor won the first game, 4-1, striking out four and giving up no earned runs. Vanek went 2-for-4 with an RBI and triple. Sam Staisiunas had a double and two RBIs. Staisiunas, Vanek, Melanie Gerhardt, and Kristin Renken each scored. In the nightcap, Kurek took the 7-3 loss but was on fire at the plate hitting three doubles and scoring one. Raynor had two doubles and an RBI.
April 10, 2013
Cyclones handed losses at home
After getting beaten up by Waubonsee Community College in a weekend tournament, the Cyclones played a better doubleheader against their conference rival, but came up short at home April 9.
Both games could have gone either way, according to coach Mike Veen. However, the Cyclones came up with the short end of the stick, losing 8-5 and 7-2. The bats were alive in the first game with Danielle Stark, Sam Staisiunas and Emily Kurek each scoring a run in the effort. Amie Raynor had a double and triple, driving in three and scoring once.
Stark made some noise in the second game scoring again and hitting a triple. Jenny Vanek scored once and was 2-for-3 at the plate while Melanie Gerhardt had an RBI and Ari Bulthius went 3-for-3.
April 8, 2013
Rough weekend for ’Clones
After sweeping Elgin, the Cyclones felt the other side of the coin, April 6-7, at the Kankakee Tournament. In four games, Moraine Valley struggled offensively against some tough teams.
The Cyclones faced Kankakee Community College again, but were pounded 13-1. Emily Kurek took the loss and Courtney Wheaton scored the lone run.
There was a little more action at the plate against Waubonsee Community College in a 13-3 Cyclones loss. Sam Staisiunas and Ari Bulthius each had an RBI while Staisiunas and Melanie Gerhardt scored a run each.
Moraine Valley faced a tough competitor in East Central College on April 7. Jenny Vanek hit a homerun in the 16-1 loss and Jessica Rivera went 1-for-1.
There was more fight from the Cyclones in their last game of the tournament. Although Moraine Valley lost 11-7, they played well against Oakland Community College. Amie Raynor took the loss. Staisiunas had another good game with a double, RBI and run scored while Danielle Stark went 2-for-3 and Wheaton was 3-for-4, scoring two.
April 5, 2013
Cyclones sweep Spartans
In their second conference sweep this season, the Cyclones took down Elgin Community College 5-4 and 11-9 on April 4.
Pitchers Amie Raynor and Emily Kurek each took home wins thanks to defensive help on the field and hot bats. For the night Sam Staisiunas went 4-for-6, including a double and triple, with six runs scored, and two RBIs. Ari Bulthius was 4-for-6 with four RBIs, scoring twice. Jenny Vanek and Kurek each scored a run and had an RBI. Janay McGovern went 3-for-4.
April 4, 2013
Cyclones battle with Cavaliers
Playing Kankakee Community College is always a challenge, but the Cyclones fought the good fight in at least one of two losses on April 3.
It was a pitchers’ duel in the first game until the last inning when the Cavaliers pulled ahead 2-1. Amie Raynor, who has only been pitching for a couple months, struck out two and had batters hitting into easy outs. Ari Bulthius went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored while Kristin Renken had an RBI.
Sam Staisiunas took the next loss after the Cyclones fell 10-2. Raynor had two RBIs and a double. Jenny Vanek was 1-for-2.
April 3, 2013
Odd split for Cyclones
The Cyclones took a hit April 2 with a loss and rare tie to Prairie State College. The offense struggled in the first game which Moraine Valley lost 10-4. Danielle Stark went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored while Kristin Renken was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Sam Staisiunas and Ari Bulthius each had an RBI. Emily Kurek took the loss.
In the night cap, the Cyclones fought to an 18-18 tie in the seventh inning before the game was suspended due to darkness. Moraine Valley was down 18-12 in the top of the seventh before the bats came alive to tie things up. Contributing to the scoring barrage were Staisiunas (3-for-5, double, two runs scored, RBI), Amie Raynor (2-for-5, two doubles, three runs scored, RBI) who also pitched, Jenny Vanek (3-for-5, double, triple, three runs scored), Kristin Renken (3-for-4, double three runs scored, two RBIs), and Melanie Gerhardt (2-for-4, double one run scored, RBI).
April 1, 2013
Cyclones tear into Scots
The Cyclones didn’t start their season with a bang. It was more like an explosion. In their first matchup March 28, Moraine Valley crushed McHenry County College, tallying 30 runs in a doubleheader.
Sophomore Emily Kurek pitched a complete game in the Cyclones 13-0 win. Jenny Vanek went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Danielle Stark was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Amie Raynor was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while Kurek went 1-for-2, scoring twice.
In a hitting barrage, the Cyclones had everyone on the base paths in a 17-9 win over five innings. Sam Staisiunas started on the mound with Raynor earning the win and Kurek getting the save. Vanek had an even more impressive game going 4-for-5 with a triple, two homeruns, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Staisiunas went 3-for-5 at the plate with a homerun and four RBIs. Stark drove in three runs, going 3-for-5 with a triple.
March 4, 2013
Hard-working ’Clones ready for action
It’s been a long winter for the Cyclones, one where the team pounded out workouts and indoor practices to prepare the 2013 squad for game time.
After a 20-win season in 2012, the Cyclones lost All-Region player Theresa Urchell (Evergreen Park) and big hitter Stephanie Ruvalcaba (Argo), both sophomores, but are happy with the return of All-NJCAA Region IV and All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference player, Samantha Staisiunas (Andrew), as well as All-Conference players Emily Kurek (Mount Assisi) and Danielle Stark (Stagg). Kristin Renken (Richards) and Courtney Wheaton (Illiana Christian) also return to the Cyclones, hoping to set the team on a successful course this year. “I’m happy with the returning players and expect good things from them. They worked hard last year, and I’m proud of them,” said head coach Mike Veen, in his third season at the helm.
In the offseason Veen picked up some solid recruits to join the five veterans, including first basewoman Arianna “Ari” Bulthius (Mother McAuley), with her power at the plate; catcher and outfielder Melanie Gerhardt (Bremen), who played Cyclone volleyball in the fall; catcher/third basewoman Janay McGovern (Argo), a hard worker on the field; Amie Raynor (Sandburg), a versatile player who has travel softball experience; outfielder Jessica Rivera (Sandburg); and shortstop Jenny Vanek (Mother McAuley).
With such a small roster, the Cyclones have to stay healthy and many have to play multiple positions, not unlike what they did last season. “Injuries have hurt us in the past, so strength training should help negate that. We can’t afford injuries this season,” Veen said. “A lot of teams have players who play one position. My team can play multiple. It’s a good thing to have. Amie [Raynor] can play anywhere on the field. Sam [Staisiunas] was thrown into pitching last season, and she’ll be much improved this year, but Emily [Kurek] will be our main pitcher.”
The Cyclones have a sound roster and are ready and anxious to start the season. “This team worked hard over the winter despite our small numbers, and we’ve improved since the fall. They want to win,” Veen said. “Teamwork is going to play a major part in the success of our season. We have a roster full of talented women, and if they can come together and play as one, there's nothing that can stop them."
Joining Veen again in the dugout is assistant coach and former Cyclone Natalie Wigginton.
The Cyclones open their season at home March 21 at 3 p.m. against the Aurora University JV squad.
July 10, 2012
Softball team tryouts
Calling all softball players! The Cyclones are holding tryouts for the 2012-13 season on Aug. 29 and 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the softball field located on the west side of campus behind Building P. Come prepared to play ball.
For more information, contact head coach Mike Veen at (708) 805-3664 or email email@example.com.
May 9, 2012
Cyclones finish up 2012 with 20 wins
A second consecutive 20-win season is quite an accomplishment for second-year softball head coach Mike Veen. Although he would have liked his squad to finish higher in NJCAA Region IV and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, he is pleased with how the team performed and is sad to see his sophomores go.
The team finished third in District B in the Region IV semi-finals, a higher placement than last year. Ending the season with an overall 20-25-1 record and 8-6 conference record, the Cyclones played well and had several games where the end result could have gone either way. “There were probably seven or eight losses that we could have won. There was an error here or there, but it is what it is. It was an enjoyable season and the team got along well,” Veen said.
Throughout the season many of the athletes had to play out of their normal positions, including both pitchers, Samantha Staisiunas (Andrew) and Emily Kurek (Mount Assisi), who typically play left field and second base, respectively. The Cyclones also had a catcher playing first base and a leftfielder at shortstop. “It’s pretty amazing we did as well as we did. I give them a lot of credit because it’s not their natural position and it isn’t easy. If you haven’t seen a fly ball in six or seven years, it’s hard to track it down,” Veen said. “To come out with 20 wins through all that, that’s a good season.”
Putting up some big numbers this year, Staisiunas had an outstanding season at the plate hitting an average .440. She was named to the All-Region, All-Region Tournament and All-Conference teams. Danielle Stark (Stagg) and Stephanie Ruvalcaba (Argo) also hit over .300. Stark and Kurek were named to the All-Conference team while Theresa Urchell (Evergreen Park) got the nod to the All-Region Tournament team.
A good core group of players is expected to return next season, including Staisiunas, Kurek and Stark. Of the sophomores, Ruvalcaba has signed to play softball at Benedictine University starting this fall. Veen said he’ll miss coaching the sophomores, since they started at Moraine Valley when he started as the head coach. “They were the first group I had here so I’ll miss them. And naturally I’ll miss coaching my daughter. These are nice young ladies, and all in all it was a good season,” Veen said.
May 6, 2012
Cyclones hit playoffs
The Cyclones started off with a bang in the NJCAA Region IV quarterfinals May 1, surging to a 6-0 lead over McHenry County College in the first inning. But Mother Nature had other ideas, raining out the rest of the game until May 2. Once the game resumed, the lead changed hands several times until the ninth inning when Theresa Urchell (Evergreen Park) hit a smash to score the winning run in the Cyclones’ 12-11 victory.
Emily Kurek (Mount Assisi) earned the win. Stephanie Ruvalcaba (Argo) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sam Staisiunas (Andrew) went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI while Courtney Wheaton (Illiana Christian) had a double, RBI, a walk, and scored two.
In their second matchup, the Cyclones had one bad inning, a reoccurring killer this season, to lose 8-3 to McHenry. Kurek also pitched this game. Danielle Stark (Stagg) went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and Staisiunas also had a double.
By the third game with the Scots, the Cyclone bats came alive. Everyone on the team had at least one hit to crush McHenry 20-7. Staisiunas pitched for the win. Erika Veen (Oak Lawn) went 2-for-5 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs. Urchell had a double, RBI and scored three. Stark had a double, triple, walk, two RBIs, and scored twice.
With these two wins the Cyclones advanced to the Region IV semi-finals May 4-5. For their first game on May 4 the Cyclones faced a tough rival in Kankakee Community College. Unlike some of their previous meetings this season, the Cyclones held their own. Both teams played well with Moraine Valley taking the 2-0 loss. Kurek held the Cavaliers to four hits, forcing nine pop outs. Urchell went 2-for-3 and Stark was 1-for-3 at the plate.
The Cyclones earned their 20th win in the following game against Oakton Community College. Kurek pitched in the 8-4 win. Stark was 3-for-5 with a triple and run scored while Staisiunas had a double, run scored and RBI. Urchell scored one.
Although the Cyclones would have liked to advance further in the playoffs, they were outscored in their game on May 5 against Prairie State College and lost 7-3. The Pioneers scored four runs in one inning to unravel the Cyclones. Staisiunas had a homerun and RBI. Veen also had an RBI and Kurek scored a run. Although not the way the Cyclones wanted to end the season, the team did finish third in District B contention, higher and with more wins than in the playoffs last year.