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Baseball, softball seasons open

A softball pitch Monday afternoon during the season opener at PCHS in Fairbury.

Spring sports are back as the Prairie Central High School softball and baseball teams both had their home openers Monday afternoon in Fairbury.

Fans enjoyed decent weather for this time of year as the softball team defeated Dwight 11-10 on a walk-off home run by Katy Curl. Pitching was good for both teams, according to PC softball coach Molly Cagley who said the Hawks played well until the very last pitch.

“We are really excited,” said PC softball coach Molly Cagley ahead of the season. “Open gyms have been going great the past two months.”

Following elbow problems last year, senior Kenna Skaggs is catcher this season and says she is excited.

“This year, I am very grateful that I have a sister on the team.”

Paige Steidinger is looking forward to a full season of softball.

“I enjoyed playing outfield last year just because it gave you respect for all of the positions.”

Katy Curl looks forward to leading others this season along with Skaggs.

“For me and Kenna, it is important for us to teach these younger girls not only how to play the game but leadership skills.”

The Hawk baseball team fell to Coal City in their opener, 10-4. New Hawk baseball coach RJ Bachtold told Fairbury News ahead of the season he was excited for what the future holds.

“We want to just continue to build on fundamentals and continue to just build the program up.”

The 2008 PC graduate and former baseball player said he appreciates the generosity of the boosters, school leaders and local businesses for helping with improvements to the baseball field.

“We’ve got it looking in pretty tip-top shape,” Bachtold noted.

Hawk player Seth Rigsby is hoping for the best this baseball season.

“Last year we struggled a little bit but we are looking to capitalize this year and be the best.”

Owen Rafferty echoed Rigsby’s comments and added he hopes the team goes .500 and wins a Regional.

The PC baseball game against Coal City at Fairbury Monday evening.

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