The Daily Union Athletes of the Week include a couple aces, a slugger, and three sweepers.
Devon Still of Okaw Valley, threw a no-hitter on Wednesday to beat LOVC rival Arthur, 4-1. Still went the distance, allowing two walks and a run, while striking out 12. Still also hit 1-for-3, scoring one of Okaw’s four runs and driving in one of their four runs.
Christian Vonderheide, Windsor/Stew-Stras’ ace, stymied St. Teresa at the Charlie Due Wooden Bat Tourney in Champaign, winning 4-1. Vonderheide threw a 2-hitter, striking out 15 in a 7-inning, complete game victory. Vonderheide also hit 1-for-2, with a double, a run, and an RBI.
Luke McConnell of Shelbyville accomplished one of the ultimate dramatic moments in hitting. McConnell hit a walk-off, grand slam home run to end the game on Thursday against Clinton. Shelby was up 9-0 and needed one run for the 10-run win. McConnell got that and more with one swing of the bat. McConnell hit 1-for-3, but reaching base and scoring all four times and driving in four runs with the grand salami.
Jason Pokalsey of Central A&M swept his three sprints, twice last week. At Shelbyville on Tuesday, Pokalsey had season best times in each race. He swept the 100 (10.7), 200 (23.2) and 400 (51.9) meter dashes. At A&M on Thursday, Pokalsey won the 100 (11.31), bettered his season-high time in the 200 (22.96), and won the 400 (57.81), again.
Zach Ballinger of Central A&M, alike, swept both hurdles events last week at two straight meets. Ballinger won the 110 high hurdles at Shelbyville with a season high time (16.7) and the 300 low hurdles (46.3). On Thursday at A&M, Ballinger won the 110 highs (17.14) and ran a season best in the 300 lows (43.42).
Amanda McClain of Sullivan-Okaw Valley swept all four of her events at the Shelby Girls Open. McClain won the long jump with a season best distance (17-5.5). She also won the 200 dash (25.89) with a season best time and won the 400 meter dash (58.64). McClain also ran the anchor of the winning 4x2 relay in a season-best time time (1:46.55).