FISHER — The Fisher High School baseball team got off to a good start in its game against the Oakwood Comets, but just couldn’t finish in the end on Thursday. The Bunnies scored the game’s first two runs in the third inning with a two-run single by Tyler Martin. Fisher starting pitcher Cole …

Almost 250 high school athletes showed up at the News-Gazette photo studio for the Faces of Spring 2019 photo shoot.

The 2019 season for the Rantoul Eagles baseball team will officially start on Thursday at Wabash Park against Bloomington with the first pitch scheduled to be at 4:30 p.m.

Editor's note: The Fisher Bunnies actual record for their 2018 season was 7-16-1. The Fisher Bunnies baseball team will begin its season today if the weather permits on the road against Bismarck-Henning High School. First pitch will be at 4:30 p.m.Coach Mike Callahan will be starting his fir…

GIFFORD — The clock struck midnight on the Eastern Illinois Baseball League's Cinderella team at a heartbreaking time.The Paxton Swedes were three outs away from winning the league's tournament championship as they led 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning of game two of the champion…

GIFFORD -- Adam Carver proved that the voters for the Eastern Illinois Baseball League's Virgil Scheiwe Most Outstanding Pitcher Award were right for selecting him for the award.

GIFFORD — The first true foray into Eastern Illinois League baseball could not have gone much better for Storm Joop.Having been on scholarship for the University of Indianapolis the last four years, Joop only played in a handful of games for Gifford-Flatville in the past, spending most of hi…

RANTOUL — The Buckley Dutchmasters will host their Eastern Illinois Baseball League Tournament quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Scheiwe Field in Buckley.The third-seeded Dutchmasters will face Game Seven.In the other quarterfinal game, the fifth-seeded Paxton Swedes will play against …

BUCKLEY — They share a baseball field and the top two spots in the Eastern Illinois Baseball League for the summer of 2018.

RANTOUL — When the Rantoul and Hoopeston Area baseball teams meet next year on March 21, there will be a little extra juice in the matchup.Rich Harbicek, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the Rantoul program, last week officially accepted the job to become the Cornjerkers’ hea…

The Gifford-Flattville Giflats will head to the Eastern Illinois Baseball League Jamboree with a 15-5 record. By posting the best record in league, the Giflats will have the top seed in the jamboree as well as the playoffs. They won the overall title and are poised for the jamboree.

PAXTON — The Paxton Swedes had a chance to do more than just play the role of spoiler in their Eastern Illinois Baseball League doubleheader on Sunday.While the Gifford-Flatville Giflats had a chance to clinch at least a share of the EI League's regular-season title, the Swedes were looking …

GREENUP — After winning the consolation championship at last weekend’s Mattoon Firecracker Classic, the Rantoul Post 287 baseball team of the American Senior Legion went 1-2 over the weekend.Rantoul (8-11) fell to Eureka Post 466, 6-4, when Eureka broke a 4-4 tie with a two-RBI single in the…

MATTOON — With most American Legion baseball teams, one of the most difficult aspects of putting together a consistent winning club comes down to a task that seems simple but not always is … creating chemistry.Many Legion clubs have players come from all over the area to form the squad, and …

GIFFORD — After splitting a two-game set with the Buckley Dutch Masters last weekend, the Gifford-Flatville baseball team had a crucial showdown with the Royal Giants on Sunday.

RANTOUL — On Saturday, the Rantoul Post 287 Senior American Legion baseball team dropped back-to-back games to Decatur.In game one, Post 287 got out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a run-scoring ground ball hit by Adam Crites. An error allowed Trae King to score.

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE RANTOUL PRESS SPORTS VAULT STARTED BY FORMER SPORTS EDITOR MATT DANIELS, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2017-18 AREA PREP SPORTS SCENE AND A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEARMale Athlete of the Year: Jaden Jones-Watkins, Fisher senior, football, basketball & track and field

Armstrong-PotomacBaseballHighlightsHands-down the highest point came for A-P in a 1-0 upset win over Salt Fork. Trojans pitcher Rylee Showalter got the job done during a complete-game effort, and Austin Keen’s chopper down the third-base line plated Dalton Loschen for the walk-off run.Lowlights

GIFFORD — After starting the season undefeated, the Gifford-Flatville baseball team lost back-to-back games on Sunday to fall to 4-2.The Giflats, who lost both games to the Royal Giants, are now second in the Eastern Illinois League standings behind the Giants, who have won three straight ga…

RANTOUL — The season got off to a hot start for the Rantoul Post 287 Junior Legion baseball team.Last Tuesday, Rantoul defeated Urbana 9-5 behind two RBI apiece by Nolan Riddle, Casey Dillman and Will Wake. Wake and Jaxson Freeman each tallied three hits, with Freeman and Emmanuel Lutes each…

RANTOUL — It has been a 50/50 start for the Rantoul Post 287 American Legion baseball team this summer.On Saturday, the club split a doubleheader against Lincoln before splitting a second doubleheader on Sunday against Eureka.

CHAMPAIGN — Rantoul's Class 3A regional baseball semifinal game against Mount Zion boiled down to a pair of bunt plays in the third inning.Two plays that didn't go the Eagles' way and changed the complexion of a tight game Wednesday at Illinois Field.

RANTOUL — Chad Vermillion almost didn’t take off.With the scored tied at 5 and Rantoul baseball teammate John Frerichs facing an 0-2 count with two outs in the eighth inning of a Class 3A Champaign Central Regional game, Vermillion stood at third base as part of a bases-loaded opportunity.

LEROY — In the final week leading up to the postseason, the Fisher baseball team went 1-1 at the Heart of Illinois Showcase in LeRoy on Friday.Led by Brandon Henson’s monster day in which he belted two triples and a double and scored three runs, the Bunnies defeated Ridgeview 8-4 to earn a s…

Armstrong-Potomac’s baseball team could not come up with a win last week, falling in back-to-back Vermillion Valley Conference games to Georgetown-Ridge Farm and Oakwood.

Sports Editor Zack Carpenter details a list of the best upcoming baseball matchups in the area:

Armstrong-Potomac (2-9) vs. Salt Fork (9-5)4:30 p.m., ThursdayArmstrongStorylineTrojansDarren Loschen’s crew has struggled mightily to begin the season, but some hope can certainly be gained following the Trojans’ 4-3 win over Schlarman last Wednesday.