Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


March 19, 2013

Cougars hoping to show signs of improvement

FARINA-South Central struggled to a 6-21 record last spring, but head coach Gary Kapper is optimistic about his outlook for this season. The Cougars return pitcher Lexi Schafer, and have a handful of others who are coming back with varsity experience. With a core of starters back in Kapper's third year at the helm, the skipper hopes his squad continually improves throughout the season and is a challenger in every game they play.

"We want to win more games than we did last year," he said. "We hope that we can compete, that we get better in all aspects of the game."

Schafer's return gives Kapper a steady arm to turn to on the mound. The junior played a significant role for South Central last season, and will again be counted on to deliver this spring. Kapper says she has all the tools, but must become more precise in her pitches.

"Lexi throws hard," he said. "We're just working on her to be more consistent."

South Central fans will also see a new face on the mound this spring, with freshman Abby King emerging as a potential breakout performer for the Cougars. Kapper is interested to see how she throws in live game action, as his team has been forced to practice inside the previous weeks due to the uncooperative weather.

"All I've seen is she is consistent," he said. "We'll just have to wait and see how she does with some live stuff. She'll be relied on a lot."

Kapper will use a pair of catchers this spring in senior Kellie Crain and sophomore Jordan Schaal. Crain figures to take the majority of innings behind the plate, but Schaal has been hard at work to get some time as well. Both players, Kapper says, have put forth the necessary work in the offseason.

Text Only
  • McNamee.jpg McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G

    The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booker.jpg Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2

    It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bohnhoff.jpg Newton walks off against Dieterich

    For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Niebs.jpg Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8

    Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
    She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Foreman.JPG Flaming Hearts handle Olney

    Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearts 5th, St. A 8th at Troy

    Effingham went 3-1 at the Troy Triad Invitational Saturday to earn fifth place overall, while crosstown counterpart St. Anthony went 1-3 and finished eighth.

    April 14, 2014

  • DSC_0281.JPG Lady Shoes stay unbeaten

    The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
    Teutopolis fell behind 3-0 to Pinckneyville after one and it took them until the fourth to get on the board, but once they did, they put up 12 runs in three innings for the 12-6 win.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Herrmann.jpg Bulldogs blow out BCCH 21-2

    St. Anthony base runners were active on Wednesday, taking 20 extra bags by steals or passed balls during the Bulldogs' 21-2 rout.
    Morgan Gardewine finished among the most greedy, scoring twice on passed balls in a 10-run third inning, while collecting one steal and advancing two other times.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Deters.jpg A Deters dynasty

    Seven years after her sister committed to Lake Lake College, Jillian Deters did the same.
    The National Trail Conference most valuable player will play her college basketball for the Lakers, a program she knows almost inside and out after watching her sister, Mallory, play for them.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • ZGardewine.jpg Gardewine sharp in St. Anthony win

    St. Anthony kept the pressure on from the get-go both on the mound and the basepaths and beat the reigning NTC champion South Central Cougars 8-2.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.