OLNEY, Ill. -- The Olney Central softball team has plenty of local flavor this season as three former Gibson County players are in uniform for the Lady Blue Knights this season.
Former Wood Memorial players Brenna Maikranz and Kenzie Tooley in addition to Kaci Goforth have helped Olney Central off to an 11-2 start this spring season.
The Lady Blue Knights received votes in the latest NJCAA Division I poll earlier this week.
Maikranz, who was a starter for OCC on the basketball court and finished second on the team in scoring, missed the spring trip down to Myrtle Beach but has played in the Lady Knights last two games.
The sophomore outfielder is 1-for-5 at the plate this spring.
Goforth and Tooley are both freshman pitchers for OCC.
Goforth has appeared in three games -- two starts -- and has pitched 6 innings. The former Princeton hurler does not have a record on the year and sports a 5.53 ERA.
Based on stats, Tooley can be considered the ace of the staff.
The former Wood Memorial pitcher has appeared in eight games -- four starts -- and is a perfect 4-0 on the season. Tooley has tossed 23 innings and leads the team with 27 strikeouts. Her sparkling 0.91 ERA, also leads the the team, and is ninth best among all NJCAA DI hurlers.
Opposing batters are hitting just .198 against her.
Most of her work came on the Myrtle Beach trip where the Knights played a total of 11 games over a span of just four days.
Tooley mentioned it was a little rough playing that many game in such a short period of time, but it helped the team in the long run.
"It was an overwhelming amount of games to start the season, but we came together as a team and ended up winning 10 of the 11 games," the freshman said. "Getting to know everyone on and off the field has definitely helped with how we play together as a team."
On March 4, Tooley tossed her first collegiate shutout with a 2-0 win over Penn State University-Beaver. Tooley recorded a career-high eight punchouts and scattered just three hits.
In her latest outing, Wednesday against Frontier, Tooley received a no decision. She tossed the final three innings in
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the Blue Knights 22-6 romp over Frontier. Tooley allowed one run on six hits and fanned six batters.
The game was the second game of a double header in which OCC dropped the first game, 6-4.
"We had a bumpy start in that first game but our bats really came alive in the second game to help get the win," Tooley said. "So far this season our offense, defense and pitching from everyone has really been on. Without any one of those three things it could be different.
"I am very excited to see where this season will take us and what the final outcome will be."
Olney Central returns to the diamond on Saturday with a double-header against Great Rivers Athletic Conference foe John A. Logan.
First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Thursday's twinbill at Lincoln Trail was postponed due to inclement weather.