Victoria Beachum | Softball
Beachum, a senior for East Alton-Wood River, started the 2015 season with a bang on March 18. The pitcher, bound for SIUE to play for the Cougars next year, tossed a no-hitter against Greenville to open the season for the Oilers.
Beachum fanned 16 and walked just one over six innings in a 12-0 shellacking of the Comets. She also provided a hit and a pair of runs for EA-WR.
Beachum lost to Waterloo on March 19, making her 1-1 on the young season. The Oilers were 2-3 after the first week of the season. Last season for EA-WR, Beachum was 11-16 with a 2.08 ERA and 253 strikeouts in 154.2 innings.
Miranda Hudson | Softball
A freshman for the Alton Redbirds, Hudson burst onto the scene in the season opener for the Birds on March 21 vs. Greenfield. In a commanding 17-2 victory in five innings, Hudson was 4 for 4 at the plate with two home runs and five RBIs.
Alton head coach Dan Carter projects Hudson should be a spark to the middle of the lineup for the Redbirds with her bat. In the opener against Greenfield, Hudson batted third in the order for AHS.
She hopes to be a key cog for an Alton team that looks to reach the same level of success it had a year ago when it turned in a record of 26-11.