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Five games you won't want miss on the 2020 SJO Softball Schedule

Hopefully, in 21 days time, the St. Joseph-Ogden girls softball team will back on the field.

When the spring sports season finally returns, seniors Zoey Witruk, Hannah Dukeman, Lindsey Aden and IHSA record-holding slugger Bailey Dowling will be a all-star foundation in head coach Larry Sparks' third campaign at the Spartan helm.


Hannah Dukeman takes a swing at a Rantoul pitch during the Spartans home game in 2019. With the threat of Coronavirus infecting much of the US population, high school sports around the nation has been put on hold. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
SJO finished the 2019 season with at 22-10 record logging three regular season shutouts in 2019 including a 4-0 win over Illinois Valley Central, besting Maroa-Forsyth 9-0 and booking a 17-0 victory over another conference rival, St. Thomas More.

As the #2 seed in last year's postseason run, the Spartans gobbled up bases in the quest for a trip to the 2019 state tournament blanking of Illini Prairie Conference foe Monticello 11-0. SJO beat the Sages earlier in regular season play, 13-1.

The Spartans then put the kabash on Maroa-Forsyth's season by way of 5-1 victory win for the regional title. Then came a heartbreaking loss and unexpected halt to their own season after a 4-2 sectional semifinal loss to Olympia.

This season's schedule is brutal, but should have the St. Joseph-Ogden softball team ready for a deep postseason run yet again if the IHSA reinstates the season.

The likelihood unfortunately looking more and more like a long shot after the CDC released a recommendation yesterday limiting mass gatherings for an eight week period. If the state's public health department follows that guideline, that could very well push the season's official start to May 15. With a mandatory 10-day practice period before the first game can be played, that puts the first possible pitch around the 25th of May, just 11 days before the first scheduled state semifinal game at Eastside Centre in East Peoria.

That said, if Illinois spring sports gets the go-ahead as currently planned, there are five regular season contests you don't want to miss. Each should test both players and coach staff.

It will be worth the road trip to Villa Grove, if it can be snuck in on April 7, and to Unity to watch SJO overcome the Rockets on their new turfed softball field.

You won't want to miss the April 16 home game against Bloomington Central Catholic and it would be sinful to skip out on watching what could be an intense rivalry showdown against Olympia at home on May 4.


2020 St. Joseph-Ogden Softball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
Away
Time
16 March Mahomet-Seymour High School H 4:30
17 March Normal West High School A 4:30
21 March TBA @ Casey Westfield (round robin) A TBA
23 March GCMS High School H 4:30
24 March Westville High School H 4:30
25 March St. Thomas More High School H 4:30
28 March Illinois Valley Central High School H 12:00
1 April Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin High School A 4:30
4 April Rantoul Invite (DH) A TBA
6 April Maroa-Forsyth High School A 4:30
7 April Villa Grove High School @ Richman Park A 4:30
8 April Heyworth High School H 4:30
11 April Tri-Valley High School H 10:00
13 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
15 April Bishop McNamara High School H 4:30
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School H 4:30
17 April Mattoon High School (DH) A 4:30
18 April Herscher High School H 10:00 AM
20 April Unity High School A 4:30
21 April Mattoon High School A 4:30
22 April Mt. Zion High School A 5:00
23 April Pontiac High School H 4:30
25 April Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School (DH) H 10:00 AM
27 April Prairie Central High School A 4:30
4 May Olympia High School H 4:30
6 May Fisher High School H 4:30
7 May Monticello High School A 4:30
9 May SJO Softball Triangular (DH) H 10:00 AM/2:00 PM
11 May Tuscola High School A 4:30
12 May Danville High School H 4:30
14 May Clinton High School A 4:30
15-16 May Galesburg Tourney (Alexis Fieldhouse: 3 games) A TBA
18 May Charleston High School A 4:30
19-22 May IHSA Regionals A TBA
23 May IHSA Regional Championship A TBA


2020 JV Softball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
Away
Time
16 March Mahomet-Seymour High School @ St. Joseph Community Park H 4:30
17 March Normal West High School A 4:30
23 March GCMS High School H 6:00
24 March Westville High School H 6:00
26 March Urbana High School H 4:30
28 March Illinois Valley Central High School H 2:00
1 April Champaign Centennial High School H 4:30
6 April Maroa-Forsyth High School A 6:00
9 April OPEN DATE H TBA
11 April Tri-Valley High School H 12:00
13 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
15 April Bishop McNamara High School A 5:00
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School H 6:00
18 April Herscher High School (DH) H 12:00
20 April Unity High School A 6:00
21 April Mattoon High School H 4:30
22 April Mt. Zion High School A 5:00
23 April Pontiac High School H 6:00
24 April Champaign Central High School A 4:30
27 April Prairie Central High School A 6:00
4 May Olympia High School H 6:00
5 May Champaign Central High School @ St. Joseph Community Park H 4:30
6 May Fisher High School H 6:00
7 May Monticello High School A 6:00
8 May TBA @ St. Joseph Community Park H 4:30
11 May Tuscola High School A 6:00
14 May Clinton High School A 6:00
18 May Charleston High School A 6:00

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