2014-2015 Softball Letters of Intent Signees

The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and softball careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:

  • Morgan Williams (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.)
  • Tiffany Evancho (Bloom Trail H.S.)

Pioneers Softball Program to Hold Open Tryout

The Prairie State College softball team will host an open tryout September 14 and 15 from 12-2 p.m. on the PSC softball field (197th Place and Halsted).

All participants must be enrolled fulltime (no less than 12 credit hours) and have a physical on file with the PSC Athletic Department.

For additional information, contact PSC Coordinator of Sports Information, Chris Kuchta, at 708-709-3950 or


Offense Leads the Way as PSC Earns Split With Joliet [April 11, 2014]

The Prairie State College softball team pounded out 22 hits over the course of its two-game set with NJCAA Region IV foe Joliet Friday afternoon, earning a split with the Wolves in Chicago Heights.

PSC (7-10) claimed Game 1 by a 9-1 count, before dropping the nightcap 14-11.

Three Pioneers recorded multiple-hit efforts in Game 1 as sophomore third baseman Amber Buss (Tinley Park H.S.), (2-for-4, 2 runs, stolen base), sophomore second baseman Julie Kistner (Marian Catholic H.S.), (2-for-2, 2 runs, RBI) and sophomore shortstop Courtney Spirek (Riverside-Brookfield H.S.), (2-for-2, 3 RBI, 2 runs, home run) all achieved the feat.

Freshman pitcher Danni Werner earned the win from the circle, tossing five shutout innings while allowing just a run on four hits with three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Spirek went 3-for-4 with three RBis and two runs while Buss, Kistner and freshman catcher Danielle Graca (Tinley Park H.S.) all recorded two hits.

The Pioneers now travel to the Highland East/West Tournament in Freeport.


Kistner Goes 7-for-7 as PSC Rolls Past Oakton [April 7, 2014]

File Photo by Charles Beard Jr.
PSC sophomore second baseman
Julie Kistner went 7-for-7 in
Monday's Sweep of Oakton

To say that Prairie State College sophomore second baseman Julie Kistner (Marian Catholic H.S.) had a strong afternoon at the plate Monday, would be an understatement, and a rather large one at that.

Kistner, a two-year starter for the Pioneers, produced the doubleheader of her career, going 7-for-7 with five runs and an RBI in PSC’s sweep of Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton in Chicago Heights.

Prairie State (4-7, 2-0) took the opener by a 4-3 final count before going on to outslug the Raiders 9-0 in the five-inning nightcap.

Kistner went 3-for-3 with a run in Game 1 and 4-for-4 with four runs, an RBI and two stolen bases in Game 2. She currently leads the Pioneers with a .579 batting average.

Freshman left fielder Gessica Grisco (Argo H.S.) proved to be the hero of the opener, lashing a game-winning, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Grisco went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the contest.

Sophomore third baseman Amber Buss (Tinley Park H.S.) went 2-for-4 in the opener as did sophomore catcher Danielle Graca (Tinley Park H.S.).

Freshman pitcher Danni Werner (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) turned in a winning effort from the circle in Game 1, going the distance in surrendering just three runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out four.

Other than Kistner, Werner was also the only other Pioneer to record multiple hits in the nightcap as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI, run and stolen base.

Grisco took the ball in Game 2 and also performed well, shutting the Raiders down to the tune of a two-hit shutout which produced five strikeouts.

The Pioneers will now travel to league rival Waubonsee on Tuesday for a conference twin bill ( first pitch 3:30 p.m.).


Pioneers Battle Elements, But Fall to Local Rival [April 2, 2014]

Amber Buss

South Holland, Ill. --- With temperatures well below 40 degrees, the Prairie State College softball team had its hands full with more than just its scheduled double header opponent in local foe South Suburban.

Despite frigid and non-ideal softball temperatures, the Pioneers battled hard, eventually falling to the Bulldogs by a 4-3 final score.

Because of the harsh weather conditions, umpires and coaches decided to forgo the second contest.

After a less-than-stellar start to the 2014 campaign, which saw them outscored 70-9 over the course of their first four games, the Pioneers have played strong of late, sweeping a twin bill from Triton on March 29.

Prairie State, despite the setback, still pounded out eight hits and played solid defense, committing just one error.

Sophomore third baseman Amber Buss (Tinley Park H.S.) starred at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. She also made several strong plays in the field, recording three putouts and a quartet of assists.

Freshman left fielder Gessica Grisko (Argo H.S.) also collected a pair of hits while scoring a run.

Freshman pitcher Danni Werner (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (3-2) pitched well, despite taking the loss. Werner worked six innings, allowing four runs on just three hits while walking six and striking out two.

The Pioneers jumped on the board in the first when Buss raced home from third on an RBI groundout off the bat of freshman catcher Danielle Graca (Tinley Park H.S.).

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the third and stretched that advantage to 4-1 in the fifth following a two-run home run to left.

The Pioneers struck back with a pair in the sixth courtesy of a sacrifice fly to right by Buss and sophomore second baseman Julie Kistner’s (Marian Catholic H.S.) run-scoring single to left.

PSC will open both its home and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference portion of its schedule on Thursday, when they play host to Lake County (first pitch 3:30 p.m.).

PSC Softball to Hold Tryout Jan. 4 [November 4, 2013]

The Prairie State College softball team will host a tryout, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. inside the Prairie Center, located on the school's main campus.

All participants must have a physical and be scheduled to graduate high school in the spring of 2014.

Players with pitching experience are strongly encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact PSC head coach Marty Mears  (708) 709-7869 or Coordinator of Sports Information Chris Kuchta (708) 709-3950.


2015 Softball Letters of Intent Signees

* INF/OF - Katelyn Rolniak (Manteno H.S.)

* 1B/C - Alyssa Becker (Lincoln-Way North H.S.)