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Area players among college batteries

Freshman pitcher Brett Fanning (right) of Spring Valley takes part in the receiving line after a Upper Iowa University Peacock victory this spring. He is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA.
Freshman pitcher Brett Fanning (right) of Spring Valley takes part in the receiving line after a Upper Iowa University Peacock victory this spring. He is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA.

Area players have been on the pitching and receiving end this spring in collegiate baseball batteries.

• Freshmen pitcher Brett Fanning (Spring Valley/Hall) has made six appearances with five starts for the Upper Iowa University Peacocks. He is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA. In his last start, the 2014 BCR Athlete of the Year got a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Concordia in St. Paul, Minn., on April 25. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing five hits and two walks and an unearned run.

• Another pitching product, junior Michael Murray of Princeton, got the start for Rockford College against Benedictine on April 27 in Lisle. He got a no-decision in an 8-2 loss, pitching five innings and allowed six hits, two runs (earned) and two walks with three strikeouts. For the season, Murray stands 0-4 with a 4.43 ERA in 11 appearances with seven starts. He has pitched two complete games.

• Princeton’s Reid Clary had a big day at the plate against the Big Ten for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. The junior catcher cracked three hits in four trips to the plate in the second game of a April 26 doubleheader at the University of Iowa. One of the hits was a double, his sixth of the season.

The former BCR Player of the Year has raised his average to .256 (23-90) with seven RBIs and 12 runs scored in 30 games (27 starts) for the Jackrabbits (21-21). SDS will host Western Illinois next weekend.


• Lydia Stariha (St. Bede) had a sizzling freshmen season at the plate for Grinnell College. She compiled a team-best .358 average (19-53) for the Pioneers, which ended the season at 0-22.

Stariha, who caught and played third base, was previously named as the Midwest Conference Softball Performer of the Week and is featured on a video interview on the school’s web site at

The 2014 BCR Athlete of their Year also plays basketball for Grinnell.

• Freshman pitcher Lainie Schweickert, the 2014 BCR Player of the Year from St. Bede, is 3-3 with a 5.28 ERA as a rookie hurler for Lewis University. She has appeared in 16 games with 10 starts for the Flyers (22-23).

• Junior infielder Brittany Burgess (St. Bede) is batting .279 (24-86) for Bradley University. She has appeared in 46 games with 37 starts for the braves (23-28).

• Bethany Stavrakas, a sophomore outfielder from St. Bede, has started in all 32 games for the Beloit College Bucs (5-27), batting .250 (16-64). She went 1-6 in a April 26 doubleheader at Lawrence University.

She also plays for the Bucs’ volleyball team.

• Junior Sam Shepard from Bureau Valley finished the season for Iowa Wesleyan College batting .240 (23-96). She played in 37 games, driving in 13 runs with four doubles and a triple.

It was just announced Thursday night that she was selected to the All-Sportsmanhip team for the conference by her teammates.

• Sisters Anna and Emily Phillips (Bureau Valley) and the Trinity Christian College softball team have qualified for the postseason in four years. TCC was to play No. 4 Cardinal Stritch University on Thursday in the Chicago Collegiate Land Conference Tournament in Chicago.

The head coach for Cardinal Stritch is LaMoille native Jade Geuther.

• Tesha Woolley (Malden/Princeton High School) and the Carl Sandburg College softball team saw its season end Wednesday with a doubleheader loss at IVCC in the Regional IV Tournament.

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