Bulldogs softball

Mahomet-Seymour’s Ashley Wheeler makes a play during Monday’s win against Fisher.

MAHOMET — Sam Tamburo and Sydney Eichelberger are going to be teammates next year at Parkland College. But Tamburo didn’t take it easy on her future teammate on Monday. The Mahomet-Seymour senior crushed Eichelberger for three run-scoring hits as the Bulldogs pulled away to run-rule Eichelberger and Fisher 11-0.

Eichelberger had cruised through two innings, but Tamburo finally broke the scoreless tie with a long single to left-center field in the third inning. She added a huge two-out RBI triple down the right field line in the fourth. Oh, and she added an RBI single to kick off seven-straight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to run-rule Eichelberger and the Bunnies.

“I wanted to hit off her,” Tamburo said. “I’ve been struggling to go to right field, so I was super proud of myself.”

The combination of Tamburo’s offense and Aubrie Shore’s pitching was just too much to handle for Fisher. Shore fired five hitless innings, walking four and striking out seven. M-S coach Lisa Ayers thought long and hard about leaving Shore out there to try and get the complete game no-hitter, but she ultimately decided to insert Karley Yergler in the sixth inning.

Yergler did allow the lone Fisher hit.

“We have a big week and we’ve gotta see the big picture,” Ayers said. “(Shore’s) been playing really well and the combination of them pitching together has been working really well for us. Changes it up for them. Really happy where they’re at right now.”

Eichelberger really threw well for five innings, but M-S tagged the Fisher star hurler for five hits and seven runs in the sixth. Ashley Campbell’s two-run double sealed M-S’ win in the bottom of the sixth. Shore, Campbell, Carlee Scott and Ashley Wheeler all finished with two hits. Campbell and Wheeler both drove in two runs.

The combination at the top of the order of Tamburo and Shore has been ridiculously good this season. Shore and Tamburo combined to notch five hits, score three runs and drive in three runs in the victory.

“I love hitting leadoff,” Tamburo said. “As a hitter, I like to see a lot of pitches, and when I do that, it helps the rest of the team too. Aubrie then picks me up. If I don’t do my job, she’s right there to help. I love playing with her. She’s like my best friend.”

Bloomington Central Catholic 5, M-S 2. Tamburo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Allie Nofziger had a triple and drove in one run, but M-S couldn’t get past former Corn Belt rival Bloomington Central Catholic. Aubrie Shore allowed four runs in five innings and was tagged with the loss. She struck out five and walked two.

M-S 11, Monticello 9. The Bulldogs erupted for three sixth-inning runs to come from behind and defeat Monticello in a barn-burner 11-9 on Tuesday. Abby Akers singled, doubled and drove in three runs. Campbell tripled, scored twice and drove in two. Julia McNaught and Shore both went 2-for-4. McNaught drove in a pair.

Karley Yergler allowed six runs in five innings, but only four were earned. Shore allowed three runs in the sixth inning which allowed Monticello to take a brief lead, but she shut them down in the seventh inning to preserve the victory.

M-S improved to 14-8.

Looking ahead

M-S will host Charleston on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. On Friday, the Bulldogs will travel to Danville for the final game of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.