Manning twirls perfect game as Lady Trojans romp over Byron

Three big innings powered Stillman Valley to a 14-4 triumph over Mendota in a Big Northern Conference varsity softball game on April 2 at Stillman Valley.

Stillman Valley batted around and scored five runs each in the second and fourth innings. The Cardinals added four runs in the fifth.

Mendota was blanked until the fourth when it pushed across a pair of tallies. Reiss Buettner led off with a single and Eve Herbert followed with a double. Then Kassidy Barkman and Anna Bokus each singled in a run.

The Lady Trojans also scored twice in the fifth frame. Paige Manning and Emma Boatman both had doubles in the inning.

Boatman pitched the first four innings and was tagged with the loss. Manning pitched an inning in relief.

Barkman collected two of Mendota’s 10 hits.


Mendota got back into the win column with a 15-0 thrashing of Byron in league play on April 3 at Mendota. The game was called after 3 ½ innings because of the 10-run rule.

Manning was in the circle for the Lady Trojans and fired a perfect game no-hitter. The freshman struck out six.

There was plenty of support from the offense as Mendota delivered 13 hits.

The Lady Trojans plated seven runs in the first inning on five hits. Alex Barrera led off with a triple and came home on a double by Manning. Jenna O’Donnell walked and Boatman followed with a two-run double. Herbert drove in a run with a single, while Barrera (fielder’s choice) and Manning (single) batted again and drove in runs.

Mendota sent 12 batters to the plate in the third and eight of them scored. There were six hits in the frame, including a two-run double by Manning, RBI doubles from Boatman and Buettner, and a run-scoring single by Barkman.


Mendota and Winnebago hooked up in a slugfest and the Lady Indians came out on top, 14-9, in conference play on April 5 at Winnebago. MHS is 2-5 in BNC games.

Winnebago took a 1-0 lead in the first and Mendota tied it in the top of the second on a double by Barkman and an RBI double by Bokus.

The Lady Indians broke the tie with a four-run third and they added four more in the fourth to go up 9-1.

But the Lady Trojans were not done yet as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored eight runs to knot the game at 9-9. Mendota had nine hits in the frame. Bokus clouted a two-run homer and a single in the inning, Barrera had a single, double and a run batted in, Jenna O’Donnell doubled in a run and Manning tripled in a run. Also, Barkman delivered a two-run single.

The tie was short-lived, however, as Winnebago scored three times in the fifth and tacked on two more in the sixth.

Manning pitched the first four innings and took the loss. Mary DeFore finished up in the circle.


Mendota won one of three games in the Seneca Tournament on April 6.

The Lady Trojans opened with a 7-2 triumph over Somonauk.

Mendota used the long ball to take a 2-1 lead in the second as Boatman and Barkman each swatted solo home runs.

Barkman added an RBI double in a three-run third and Jenna O’Donnell doubled in a run in the fourth.

Manning was the winning pitcher, allowing just two hits. She walked two and struck out three.

Seneca posted a 10-3 win over Mendota in game two.

The Lady Trojans managed just three hits. Bokus drove in all three runs for Mendota on a ground out in the second and a two-run homer in the seventh.

DeFore was the losing pitcher.

Serena scored eight runs in the late innings to down Mendota, 9-4.

Mendota (3-11) led 2-1 in the fifth when Serena plated four runs to take the lead. The Huskers added four more tallies in the sixth.

Manning and Barkman both singled twice, while Hanna Mastny stroked a run-scoring double and a single.

Boatman was tagged with the pitching loss.


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