Sports Briefs: Week of April 1

Softball

The Lady Iron (1-3) won their first game on Friday, April 1, defeating the Chatham Glenwood Titans (3-2) 6-5. Community jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding two in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.

Emma Conover (’23), Leigha Luering (’22) and Kara Muehleck (’23) all plated runs for the Lady Iron. 

On the mound, Lindsey Deroeck (’22) pitched the first four innings without giving up a run. 

Chatham Glenwood scored a run in the fifth inning and added four in the sixth to make it a one run game. 

Deroeck finished her outing pitching five full innings and striking out 11. She was relieved by Tessa Bittner (’22) who earned the save and allowed no earned runs through the final two innings. 

Community’s game against the Titans was their only of the week, as the other three scheduled competitions were canceled due to weather.

Community looks to build upon their victory when they take on LaSalle Peru (4-0) at home on Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Iron then jump into Big-12 Conference play on Saturday, hosting a doubleheader against Champaign Centennial (0-1).

Girls Soccer

The Lady Iron (3-1-1) won 5-1 over Bloomington (0-5) on Tuesday, March 29. Community scored three goals in the first half and added two more in the second half. 

The Lady Iron followed up the win with a 2-2 tie against the Normal West Wildcats (2-4-1) at home on April 2. Kylie Simonson (’23) scored the Lady Iron’s first goal from 40 yards out to tie the game at 1-1. 

West scored and held a 2-1 lead until Simonson set up Ava Bruner (’25) for a game tying goal.

Tonight, the Lady Iron will travel to Peoria Richwoods (5-2) in their first Big-12 match.

Girls Lacrosse

Girls lacrosse traveled to Stevenson on Wednesday, March 30, ultimately dropping the decision to the Patriots by a score of 19-9. 

Bloomington’s Makenna Grisinger (’22) led the Purple IronCats offensively scoring 6 goals. A pair of sophomore’s added to the scoresheet for B-N, with Normal Community’s Marisol Martinez and Bloomington’s Claire Kerr finding the back of the net. 

Bloomington midfielder Rachel Wylie also notched a goal in the contest, rounding out the scoring for the co-op. 

With the loss, the girls drop to 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Southwestern Conference. The girls play tonight against the Lockport Lockers (3-0) at 5:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse co-op opened their season with a 12-5 loss against the Dunlap Eagles on Monday, April 4 at Dick Tharp Field. 

The Eagles and Purple IronCats were tied 3-3 at one point in the first half, yet the Eagles pulled away through the second half,.

On the night, Bloomington midfielder David Ferrier (’23) scored four of the five goals for B-N with Community attackmen Cort Welch (’23) roping one of his own. Ferrier, named as a potential “breakout player of the year” for B-N in the Inkspot’s spring print edition, doubled his goal total from last year in one game.

In their inaugural season, the Purple IronCats finished with a 5-7 record, returning 17 of 30 players this season. In the co-op’s 2021 season series with the Eagles, B-N won the first game 10-8, and Dunlap escaped with an 11-10 victory in double overtime in the second meeting.