Pioneers Drop Pair at Kankakee [March 25, 2015]

Softball Team Player: Becca Stanton
Becca Stanton is among the
nation's leading hitters.

KANKAKEE, Ill. ---Despite “barreling up” and driving the ball with authority all afternoon, the Prairie State College softball team was unable to secure a victory against one of the NJCAA Region IV’s top programs.

The Pioneers dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Kankakee Wednesday afternoon, falling by final counts of 12-4 and 10-1 in five innings.

With the setbacks, PSC fell to 6-6 on the campaign.

The Pioneers were competitive throughout Game 1, posting a four-run second frame to substantially cut into a 5-0 Kankakee lead.

PSC’s big inning came courtesy of a pair of RBI singles off the bats of sophomore center fielder Kassandra Johnson (Andrew H.S.) and freshman catcher Becca Stanton (Marian Catholic H.S.).

Stanton owns a .548 batting average through 12 games, good for 18th on the national charts.

Stanton also gave PSC a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2 following her RBI safety which plated freshman center fielder Olivia Nicholos (Kankakee H.S.).

The Cavaliers plated four runs in the opening frame and never looked back.

Thursday’s Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener against Oakton in Des Plaines has been postponed due to poor field conditions. Prairie State will take the field next on Saturday when they square off against Region IV foe Triton (12 p.m.) in the Pioneers’ home opener.



Softball Improves to 6-2 Following Wins Over Finger Lakes and No. 2 Herkimer [March 19, 2015]

Softball Team Player: Becca Stanton
Freshman catcher Becca Stanton is
currently second in the nation in
hitting (.657 batting average).

MYRTLE BEACH, SC --- If first-year Prairie State College head coach Frank Wilkins was trying to gauge just where his inaugural PSC team was in the early going of the 2015 campaign, he certainly has found out.

The Pioneers (6-2) continued one of their most successful spring-break trips in recent memory Thursday following another pair of strong triumphs at the Fast Pitch Dream Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

PSC bumped off Finger Lakes (NY) by a 16-7 five-inning final count before going on to claim a 3-2 triumph over NJCAA No. 2 Herkimer.

The Pioneers jumped on Finger Lakes early in their contest, taking an 8-0 lead after posting four-run innings in each of the tilt’s first two frames.

PSC was paced by sophomore second baseman Gessica Grisko (Argo H.S.) who delivered a 2-for-4, four-RBI effort, which included a pair of runs and a stolen base.

Grisko is currently hitting an even .500 on the young season.

Grisko wasn’t the only Pioneer to have a strong day against Finger Lakes.

Freshman catcher Becca Stanton (Marian Catholic H.S.) continued her torrid start to the season with another multiple-hit afternoon, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and two doubles.

Stanton’s .667 batting average is currently good for second on the national charts.

The Pioneers as a team continue to lead the nation in hitting with a .458 team batting average. Prior to this season, PSC had never led the nation in hitting at any point of any campaign in program history.

Sophomore pitcher Danni Werner (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) improved to 3-1 on the season, thanks in part to a strong showing against Finger Lakes. The 5-foot-8 Werner tossed all five frames, allowing seven runs (3 earned) on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout.

PSC used a pair of fourth-inning tallies , along with a fifth-inning run, to topple Herkimer.

Prairie State picked up a trio of two-hit showings from freshman left filder Olivia Nicholos (Kankakee H.S.), sophomore center fielder Kassandra Johnson (Andrew H.S.) and freshman catcher Rebecca Gierut (De La Salle Institute).

In the circle, it was freshman hurler Alyssa Becker (Lincoln-Way North H.S.), who held Herkimer down with another sterling effort. The 5-foot-4 Becker went the distance, allowing just the two runs while scattering eight hits, walking two and fanning four.

The Pioneers will conclude their spring trip Friday with a doubleheader against Louisburg (NC).


Pioneers Lead Nation in Hitting Through Six Games [March 18, 2015]

Softball Team 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, SC --- To say that the Prairie State College softball team has been swinging its collective bats with authority throughout the first six contests of the 2015 season would be a rather significant understatement.

With the first half dozen games of the season already in the books, PSC currently leads the nation in hitting with a .457 team batting average.

The team’s .521 on-base percentage also tops the national charts while the club’s .716 slugging percentage ranks third.

First-year head coach Frank Wilkins’ pitching staff has also been impressive, holding opposing hitters to a paltry .229 batting average.

More importantly however, the Pioneers find themselves off to a solid 4-2 start at the Fast Pitch Dream Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Freshman catcher Becca Stanton (Marian Catholic H.S.) is off to a torrid start at the plate and currently sits second on the national hitting list with a .625 batting average. She also resides in the second position on the OBP chart with a .700 percentage to date.

Prairie State opened the slate on Sunday with an uncharacteristic and lopsided 15-2 loss to Louisburg (NC) before going on to dump Massasoit (MA) 11-3 later in the day.

PSC also downed Massasoit 16-0 and 19-2 on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The Pioneers upended Lackawanna (PA) 7-3 on Monday before falling to Guilford (NC) 5-3 on Tuesday.

Sophomore second baseman Gessica Grisko (Argo H.S.) currently owns the country’s fifth-highest OBP at .650.



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.)