Thursday, February 13, 2014

UIS softball heads to Arkansas to open season

Shannon Ballegeer, a senior outfielder on the University of Illinois Springfield softball team, cannot stop checking the weather.

She’s not alone. With their diamond covered in snow and the team stuck indoors practicing, Ballegeer and her teammates are eager to head south to begin the season.

“We are ready to get outside and play,” Ballegeer said. “That’s the reason we keep checking the weather. We’re ready to go.”

The Stars are scheduled to open the season Friday with games against Missouri Southern and Rockhurst in Bentonville, Ark. Expectations are high.

“We want to get UIS sports out there,” Ballegeer said. “We figure the way we can do that is by being successful.”

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on February 13, 2014.

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