The Chester High School Lady Jackets softball team has hit the diamonds to begin the 2022 season. The Jackets are young this year with three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and seven freshmen.
Ryan Petrowske is at the helm for the squad this season, assisted by Crystal Tindall, Justin Frazer and Emily Millburg.
Senior returning starters are Ashlyn Colvis (No. 12) at third base and catching, Anna Childs (2) at first base, second base and outfield, and Kylie Fortner (7) at shortstop, and outfield.
The lone junior is Emma Eggemeyer (5) at third base and pitching.
Sophomores are Camrynn Luthy (8) at second, Kinsli McCarty (10) at first, and Alexis Eggemeyer (15) pitching and in the outfield.
The seven members in the rookie freshman class are Emma Murphy (1) behind the plate at catcher and in the outfield; McKenna LaChance (4) a utility player; Kourtney Welton (13) in the outfield; Elaina Lutman (14) at shortstop; Whitney Sulser (16) at first; Emily Heinemeyer (#18) a utility player; and Olivia Earl (21) at third and in the outfield.
In Week 1, the Jackets lost a shutout at Marissa, 10-0. In Week 2 Chester traveled twice, beating Steeleville in a romp, 15-2, and losing both games of a round robin tournament at Pinckneyville, 10-9 against Pinckneyville and 18-2 vs Mt. Vernon.
Marissa 10, Chester 0
CHS played at Marissa Tuesday March 15. The Lady Meteors shut the Jackets out, beating them 10-0. Marissa scored 4 runs in the first inning, another 4 in the second inning and one in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
Emma Eggemeyer pitched for Chester 4.1, innings throwing 8 first-pitch strikes and 3 strikeouts. Grace Middendorf had the win for the Meteors. Luthy had Chester's only hit. Madison McDougal and Bree Portz led the Meteors with one RBI apiece.
The Lady Jackets recorded 2 hits to Marissa's 8. Chester committed 5 errors while the Meteors had just 1.
Chester 15, Steeleville 2
The Lady Jackets traveled to Steeleville Monday, March 21, to start Week 2 against the Lady Warriors. Chester won the game behind 14 hits and just 1 error. Steeleville managed 3 hits and committed 6 errors.
Emma Eggemeyer got the win for CHS and Emma Mullholland took the loss for Steeleville. Chester scored 1 run in the first, 3 runs in the second, but the third inning closed the door for Steeleville as the Jackets added 8 runs, giving them a 12-2 lead.
Chester sealed the deal by scoring 3 more runs in the fourth inning and held the Warriors scoreless the rest of the game.
Pinckneyville 10, Chester 9
The Jackets hit the road again Saturday, March 26, to play at Pinckneyville in a round robin tournament with the Lady Panthers and the Lady Rams from Mt. Vernon. The Jackets went winless for the day
In the first game, Chester's Emma Eggemeyer faced Pinckneyville's Rileigh Harris in a hard-fought battle to the end.
Chester scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Neither team scored in the second frame. The Jackets added another 4 runs in the top of the 3rd inning to lead, 7-0.
Pinckneyville got hot in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring 5 in the fourth and 3 in the fifth. They also held the Jackets scoreless in both of those innings to take an 8-7 lead.
Both teams scored 2 runs in the sixth inning and were scoreless in the seventh. The Lady Panthers managed to escape the YellowJackets in a close contest, 10-9.
In the battle, Chester recorded 14 hits and Pinckneyville got 11 hits. Both teams committed 4 errors apiece for a fairly evenly played game.
In the loss Alexis Eggemeyer had 3 RBI's and Anna Childs recorded 2 hits. Emma Eggemeyer led with 7 strikeouts and 21 first-pitch strikes. It was a game that should have been Chester's for the win.
Mt. Vernon 18, Chester 2
Chester faced Mt. Vernon at noon in their second game of the round robin. The Lady Rams started the game off with 3 runs in the top of the first. Chester answered with 2 runs of their own at their first bat.
Neither team scored in the second inning, but Mt. Vernon added 9 runs in the top of the third, 4 runs in the fourth, and another 2 runs in the fifth. All that time the Rams held Chester scoreless, and after five innings Mt. Vernon led 18-2 to end the game on the 10-run rule after five innings of play.
Mt. Vernon recorded 16 hits and Chester had just 5. Both teams played a clean game with the Lady Jackets committing just one error and the Lady Rams playing a perfect defensive game with no errors.
Colvis and Emma Eggemeyer had pitching duties for Chester while Emily Swan pitched for Mt. Vernon. Swan recorded 13 strikeouts while Eggemeyer had four.
With the loss Chester dropped to a season record of 1-3.