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My Granddaughter Michelle started her second year at Romeoville High School.  Their softball season started on March 27, 2010.   They played 2 games against Morton High School.  They dropped the opener 2-0 and lost the night cap, 5-4 in extra innings. We are excited about this year, because many of Michelle's team mates have played a year on the varsity last year and they were  reunited with several of their AVM Viking Junior High Team stars that won the 2007 IESA Regional Championship with Coach Douglas, who is now their High School Coach.

September 10, 2007 Regional Champions

September 9, 2007 They needed a 7 run last inning rally to advance to the Championship game.

Click here for pictures from her freshman year:    Argo   Bradley   Oswego   Reavis  Awards Party  More Softball Pictures


All of these pictures have been cropped and reduced, so if you click on the picture, you will get the full resolution, but not the uncropped original.  If you want the original, e-mail me and I'll send it on.

They won their first game today, (3/29/2010) it took 8 innings, but we beat Thornwood 1-0 Beka pitched a shut out!

April 10, 2020 Argo no hitter by Alena

April 12, 2010 Rich East 3 Home runs

April 20, 2010 Plainfield East 7-4 Win

May 4th, 2010 Plainfield North 5-3 Win

May 6th, 2010 Oswego 5-4 Win

May 15, 2010 Bolingbrook

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Michelle was the dirtiest player again as she made several diving stops.  She hit a long fly to the left center wall in her first at bat.  The next time the centerfielder was playing 3 feet from the wall, so she had no chance to catch Michelle's blooper single.  Becka pitched an 8 inning shut out.  We hit the ball well, but good plays and the foul pole kept us off of the board until the 8th when Melissa pinch hit for Jessie and led off with a walk.  Jessie ran for her and went from 1st to 3rd on a perfect bunt by Becka.  Jamie singled her home for the only run of the game.


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Abby's new pup had a lick of Michelle's Pizza.

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Here are two of the talented freshmen that made the varsity team.  Abby (left) with her new dog started in center field and Becka (above) made the catch of the game while playing short stop.

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Michelle, Abby and Maddie enjoy a slice of pizza after the game.

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Michelle drove one to to the right field fence, but it blew just foul.

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Hattie caught the double header and ripped a double to left field.

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Elena slides safely into second. 

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Becka fires a strike to Michelle to easily beat the runner

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Michelle makes a stretch that make me hurt just looking at it

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Becka grabs a shot up the middle and dives to the bag to beat the runner by a hair.

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Michelle snags a low throw for out number 2

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Becka hits the third base bag with a line drive. The ball is above the third basemen. It looks like it is on Becka's head.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

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The Morton short stop chases it down as Becka races to first

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Hattie gets set to fire a strike to Michelle at first

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The perfect throw beats the runner by a kilometer

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Abby beats the throw to second easily

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Abby dive in safely and Elena makes it to 3rd

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Abby heads for home and tries to beat the throw 

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Jamie calls for the pop up and grabs it

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Abby, CC and Becka call for this pop up

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Elena scores on a wild pitch.

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Becka grabs it and holds on 

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As she gets flipped by Abby

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Elena strokes one to left

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Just to the left of the third basemen

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Base hit to left

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Jessie slaps one to left

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It sails into left field and fills the bases

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Becka fires another bullet to Michelle

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The throw is on the way

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She is out!

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Melissa pitched a fine game in the opener as she got got great defense but she didn't get any run support.

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(Above) Jamie makes a perfect throw to Michelle


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Michelle takes a fast ball off of the shoulder and starts a rally

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She makes it to 3rd on this muffed grounder and later scores

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This line drive buy (Need help) drove in the second run of the inning

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You make the call, is Elena faster than a speeding softball?  

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Becka drops one just 1 foot fair.

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There it goes (Upper Left Corner) It could be, it could be,..........foul 

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Another scoop for Michelle

A Nice Win Over Plainfield East

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Starting with Big M's pitch, Becka's catch and throw and Michelle's stretch and scoop.

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Click on this picture to see what fans looked like when Briana robbed them with her sensational catch.  This was the first out of the inning.  Runners had to go back to 1st and 2nd.

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Elaina takes the flip from Becka and gets the force out for out number 2 in the 7th inning.

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This looks like big trouble the ball is headed for the wall, Abby goes back and leaps up to make a spectacular catch to give us a 7-4 win!

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The girls wait to here some words of wisdom from coach Douglas

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Hattie, one of the hitting heroes, gives the media a post game interview.  She got a big 2 out RBI single in the first then later doubled home a run.

Tuesday, May 4th, the Romeoville Spartans took on the Plainfield North. The Spartans got off to a shaky start,  when  Plainfield jumped off to a 3 run lead in the top of the first.  The Spartans had base runners several times, but could not score until the 5th inning when they put 5 big ones on the board.  Thanks to a pinch hit double by Bree followed by another double by Jamie.  Hattie beat out a bunt and stole second CC got on and Melissa trippled them all in and scored the 5th run of the inning.  Melissa also had a double earilier and pitched 6 scoreless innings. to pick up the exciting 5-3 win
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This bases loaded single gave Plainfield N. a 3-0 lead in the first.

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(Above) Jamie drives one to the fence for a 2 base hit.  (Right) Kala camps under a pop up.

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(Above) Melissa's drive hits the fence for a triple.  (Right) Michelle almost gets robbed of a hit, but the ball landed in the grass.  Michelle was removed from the game when she got sick.

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Hattie slide in safely with a stolen base.

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Beka fires a strike to Jamie for out number 2 in the 7th.

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Jammi camps under a pop up and calls everyone off.

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Melissa jumps for joy as she picks up the thrilling 5-3 win

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The girls are all smiles after that thrilling win.

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Thursday, May 6th, the Romeoville Spartans took on Oswego High School.  Michelle was sent home on Wednesday with an upset stomach.  Coach Douglas told her to rest up for Thursday's conference game. Jamie played first and Michelle rested in the DH position.  The strategy worked  as Michelle hit a 3 run, game winning homerun in the 6th inning.
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(Left) Abby give the camera a victory wave (Above) Michelle tries to beat the ball to first base. (Below) Michelle was called out on a close play.  She later walked and scored a double by Jamie to tie the game at 2-2.

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With 2 runners on base, Michelle lines up an inside fast ball and...

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She drives a 3 run homerun over the right field fence for a 5-4 win!

Spillman hits game-winning homer for Spartans

by Scott Taylor

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Elaina Caron

Elaina Caron


What a time for your first career home run.

Romeoville's Michelle Spillman hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Oswego 6-5 Thursday, May 6.

It was the first time in her playing career in which she hit a ball over the fence.

“It was absolutely amazing,” Spillman said. “It was a high and inside pitch, which I struggle with. I went with it and hit it. I knew it was gone right away.”

It was the second time in as many weeks that Spillman had the winning RBI after driving home the winning run in the seventh against Plainfield South April 27.

“I've always gone for little hits,” the sophomore said. “I've been very confident lately. I've been practicing a lot and working really hard, so it wasn't that surprising.”

However, Spillman wasn't the only hero of the game.

Trailing 5-3 in the fourth, Romeoville turned to Elaina Caron to pitch and she kept the Panthers scoreless the rest of the game.

“It was very important to shut them down because I didn't want them to build their lead,” Caron said. “Then when we took the lead, I still had to shut them down (in the seventh) so we didn't give up the lead. I was confident because I knew the defense was behind me and would pick me up because they wanted the win as bad as I did.”

It marked the second Southwest Prairie Conference win in the week for the Spartans after they beat Plainfield North 5-3 Tuesday, May 4 and the third in four games.

“Those wins helped us feel better because we are going for a good conference record,” Caron said. “Now we know we can turn it around when we aren't playing well and we know we can still win the conference games.”

“It was definitely big to beat Plainfield North and win two SPC games,” Spillman added. The wins have also made Romeoville 11-15 on the year, 5-5 in the SPC after failing to reach double figures in wins last year.

The improvement is paying off as the Spartans are the higher seed for their regional quarterfinal game.

No. 16 Romeoville hosts No. 18 Waubonsie Valley Monday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m in the Benet Academy Regional.

A win would pit it against No. 2 Downers Grove North the following day in Lisle.

“Coach said this is the first year we are playing a lower-seeded team,” Spillman said. “We just have to try our best and not beat ourselves. I am pretty confident. It feels good to have the higher seed. We have a lot of talent and I feel we have a pretty good shot.

“I feel pretty confident,” Caron said. “This is the first time we are the higher seed, so we're happy. But we don't want to underestimate them (Waubonsie). Anything can happen.”

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Romeoville Spartans improved their conference record to  to 6-5 with a 10-2 win over Plainfield East.  Jami  hit a 2 run home run to deep center field, after Michel bunted Beka to second.  Michelle had 3 RBI with a single and a double that hit the right center field fence.  They dropped a pair of non conference games to Bolingbrook 6-3 and 3-2 on Saturday May 15.

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Michelle hits a shot up the middle

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 The Bolingbrook pitcher makes a great kick save

Michelle's favorite player


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