For three local high school softball players, the summer season ended as well as they could’ve hoped. Polo's Cheyenna Wilkins and Forreston's Ella Ingram and Ayla Kiper were part of a title team at the USSSA Great Lakes National Championships.
Katie Thatcher couldn’t wait for the 2023 softball season to get here. Finally feeling 100% healthy after two knee surgeries her sophomore season, the Rock Falls senior was chomping at the bit to get back on the diamond.
There were a lot of question marks surrounding the Sterling softball program coming into the 2023 season. When you’ve won 10 straight regional titles, there is always going to be some preseason scrutiny.
It was another strong spring around the area on the softball diamonds in 2023, as four teams won regional titles and two teams advanced to the Sweet 16 or beyond. Here are a few of the more noteworthy achievements around the Sauk Valley this spring in softball.